TIME: ‘Best Governor We’ve Ever Had’: Evangelical Leader Rick Scarborough Backs Perry
August 30th, 2011
02:27 PM ET
3 years ago

TIME: ‘Best Governor We’ve Ever Had’: Evangelical Leader Rick Scarborough Backs Perry

(TIME) - Last weekend, Rick Perry privately met some 300 conservative evangelical leaders at long-time supporter Jim Leininger’s home near Fredricksburg, Texas. And on Monday afternoon, reported-attendee and evangelical leader Rick Scarborough told TIME he is endorsing Perry: “I was holding judgment,” says Scarborough, who in 1998 founded the group Vision America to mobilize pastors and their congregations to vote on social issues, “but the more I’ve studied and listened, the more I have liked what I have heard.”

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  1. Ed Texas

    The best Governor ever? Wow, that is a major stretch. Gov Do Nothing Perry has done very little in his very long term. Here are some of his "accomplishments:"
    1. Texas unemployment rate up to 8.4%, July, 2011, the highest unemployment rate in Texas since 1987.
    2. Net jobs increase in Texas were government jobs due to stimulus money (thanks to Pres Obama)..
    3. Texas ranks 6th highest poverty state in the union.
    4. Texas ranks first in the most people without health insurance.
    In Perry's book "Fed Up", he states that Social Security is unconstitutional and a "Ponzi scheme. Perry is a Bush Clone and total divider. Is this really the person you want to lead our country?

    August 30, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  2. Voice of Reason

    When was the last time this guy was endorsed by someone who WASNT an evangelical conservative? I mean, c'mon – even Lex Luthor had friends...

    August 30, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "I'm not a Democrat. I'm not a Republican. I'm a Christocrat."
    -Scarborough

    A man is defined by those who choose to follow his lead and thereby define themselves. Question is...who is leading who in this picture? I don't know about you, but I'm pretty sure American's first "Christocrat" POTUS will be her last, because she won't be America any more when he's done with her.

    August 30, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  4. diridi

    Evangelical Leader Rick Scarborough is acting like a "Cult Member". Now, in 21st century, no one is interested in Religion.
    All these idiotic Tea Party thugs are just like Cult members. They are not religion group, they are totally "Cult". Wake up, America, fight back. These Religions are man made for selfish greed, to make money....that's it...this idiot wants to secede Texas from Union. What a shame, America.....

    August 30, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    If he is such a great Governor,then y'all should keep him. It'd be a shame to deprive the great state of Texas of his leadership and accomplishments.
    Please.....we insist...keep the bastard.

    Obama 2012. Seriously.

    August 30, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  6. Enuff already

    Have people forgotten the GW Bush years??? GW Bush GW Bush GW Bush GW Bush ..... That was only 3 years ago.

    August 30, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  7. DA

    OMG!! All i can say is look at the source!!
    It is so funny that many of the people who live in TEXAS really don't like this guy.

    August 30, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  8. k sullivan

    Why you Americans get such a hard-on over ANOTHER gun toting Christian Conservative Texas cowboy is just puzzling. "Been there, done that" doesn't seem to mean diddly.

    August 30, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  9. We ALL Know, Mami

    Yep, he is DEFINITELY the best hair-piece we have had for governor! Yay!

    August 30, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  10. Elaine

    I won't cast aspersions on Mr. Perry's character, nor his faith walk; bu I have found that too often in the christian community there is a tendency to vote for candidates based on character and 1 or2 social issues,; and be dismissive of their views or policies on fiscal and other matters.Character is very important, but leaders have to be able to govern and have a good sense of what is equitable for all of the people; and having listened to Mr Perry, I'm not sure that he possesses that ability.We just went down this road with 8 years of George W. Bush.I didn't question his christian faith, nor his character. Most people, including his staunchest opponents, found him to be warm, and very likeable; but when it came to his policies, and his ability to govern, his presidency was a great failure.Mr. Perry may prove me wrong about his sense of fair-mindedness and judgment, but I haven't seen it thus far.

    August 30, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  11. The Greedy Old Pigs have lost their minds!

    LOL! These are the same evangelical phonies who were trying to shut down the porn company Perry had invested in. Hypocrisy makes strange bedfellows.

    August 30, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Any genuine Christian fundamentalist would never get involved in politics.

    Do not some of these Christian fundamentalist own or manage property that has tax-free status? Like their home churches? Should their political activities suffice to revoke that tax-free status?

    August 30, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  13. Voice of Reason

    A conservative political activist evangelical pastor from Texas is endorsing a conservative political activist evangelical pastor from Texas? I am shocked, I tell you. Shocked.

    August 30, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  14. SecedingfromTexas

    There you have it. Not only Rick Scarborough and his ' Vision America', an organization endorsed by the likes of
    TimLeHaye, James Kennedy, Ronnie Floyd, Tim Lee, and the lovely David Barton of 'Wallbuilders all luv the
    Guv.
    Google these characters and you will be, and should be, concerned.
    **************************
    Sniffit and RudyNYC are right, and you would be smart to listen.
    **************************
    @Dominican mama: We really don't want him, but if we have to keep him here so he won't infect the White House
    and the rest of America, so be it.

    August 30, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  15. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Elaine

    I won't cast aspersions on Mr. Perry's character, nor his faith walk; bu I have found that too often in the christian community there is a tendency to vote for candidates based on character and 1 or2 social issues,; and be dismissive of their views or policies on fiscal and other matters.
    -------------------------------------------------–
    Elaine I am of the opinion that a man's character defines EVERYTHING about him. How he governs if he is in a position of power. How he approaches and defines fiscal policy, foreign policy, how he treats the disenfranchised. Truly, everything. His sense of honor and integrity is also intrinsically tied to his character.
    In other words this Texas backwoods yokel has none, at least NOT the type of character traits that I would look for in a President. I could not trust his policies because I don't trust the man himself, nor his motivations.
    And to answer another poster's questions: you damned right we've been there and done this, and I am doing my darnest to ensure that we DON'T go back there again!

    August 30, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |