Orlando, Florida (CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday asked an audience of social conservatives in Florida to pray for President Barack Obama.
"As I campaign for president, I not only ask you for your vote and your support, I ask you for your prayers," Perry said. "I ask you to pray for our country. I ask you to pray for our president to give him wisdom, to open his eyes."
Perry was addressing a rally organized by the conservative Faith and Freedom Coalition ahead of Thursday night's GOP presidential debate in Orlando.
As he was deciding whether to run for president, Perry said prayer played a powerful role. The governor said he couldn't have entered the race "without being driven to my knees on many occasions."
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I bet people in Texas are praying that Perry gets elected President so they can get a Governor that has actual policies instead of just PRAYING for everything to go right.
Great. As president, will you tell the citizens that their ills would be fixed by prayer as well? What happened to the separation of church and state? I think Bush prayed a lot and that apparently lead to two wars and economic meltdown. Not a great strategy.
Now, now. Prayer works. The fire prayed for vast amounts of kindling and dry weather, and got it. Fire may be the devil's only friend, but Fire also is friends with God.
Maybe we should listen to fire more.
The Bible says to pray for our leaders.
I pray that America see how really scary Mr. Perry is!!!!!
The whole world should pray for the USA if any of these repugs becomes President, but if the next Pres is Perry, don't bother,it will be a hopeless cause.
Can you imagine a grown man telling people to pray to imaginary gods? Is this who we want as a president? I'll stick with science, Perry, rather than magic and make-believe. We've already had to Texans as president recently and look how that turned out. Perhaps it's time to stop "praying" and get down to "doing".
Parry prayed for rain and got the longest 11-month drought in Texas since 1895, along with the worst fire season in who knows how long ...
If anyone needs to "find God," it's Parry because I think God's hiding from him ...
Take the beam out of your own eye before worrying about the speck in your neighbor's eye.
To: "a little sad", who said: "This man gets more offenisive every time he talks."
Saying a prayer is offensive? Really? I'm sure he has a prayer for you too. I'd take it if I were you, it sounds like you need it desperately. People need to stop believing the messages of hate and fear from the extremists in their party. I'll take prayers from Obama or Perry. The whole world needs a bit of prayer. And while I'm really not that religious and have doubts as to prayers really helping, it certainly cannot hurt. So please take your hate elsewhere, while the rest of us pray for you.
If Perry or any of these Republican nitwits gets elected we'll all need lots of prayer.
The last time the US voted in some guy who prayed to the only true God – you guys invaded Iraq. Fun times ahead... you betcha!~
Obama sat in Rev Wright church of Racism for twenty years. Pray ain't going to help Obama, the incompetent bigot.
This is a party that has taken funding away from education, making it difficult for kids to get an education. Taking away funds from higher education. They don't want an educated people in the USA. They will take away Social Security and Medicare, they talk about changes in both of them, But the Republicans will stop them. They will defund the EPA, FAA, and other agencies that protect the people of this nation. They will take away all regulations from businesses, oil companies, allowing them to pollute this country. They are doing this in the name of creating jobs. They have not created any jobs so far. So vote smart in 2012. You may vote for your destruction.
I am sure Perry also prayed that his bribing rate increases ASAP to more than $5000.
What a complete phoney.
He better start praying for his self !
Prayer? You've got to be joking. If prayer actually worked, there would be peace all over the world. Instead, this it is turning into one of the most over used lines ever devised. If you're going to attempt a suggestion fix to a problem, this is far from one. Try something more concrete, like an ORIGINAL IDEA.
Rick, you forgot to squint and raise your hands up.
May as well call in the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus for their help as well.
Sounds awfully similar to the speech that the Ayotollah Khomeini before he became the Supreme leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
After last nights debate Perry is the one who needs prayer. Romney has him on the ropes.
Using "prayer" to deliver a political dig at your opponent. The man has no shame. I don't like Barak Obama the President. I don't think he has done a good job. I think he's weak and too willing to cave into his opponents. But the idea of Perry being president scares the hell out of me. This guy is a demagogue of the very worst kind.
perry and all the rest of these faux christians are crazy – save your prayers buddy. We liberal progressive democrats will do just fine praying for President Obama – God knows us by name – he recognizes us because we are doing what He asked us to do – care for our brothers and sisters, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, provide shelter for those without and care for the sick and elderly – but hey, you go right ahead and pray ok – I would start by asking for forgiveness for all those people you killed by lethal injection – man you really make me have to turn the other check
Dear Mr. Perry, I would be afraid to ask God for ANYTHING that you are suggesting! I live here in the State, that you so sadly represent and govern???. You claim to be PRO-LIFE, and yet, you pride yourself in how many executions you are adding to your belt! Our President is a good man and prayers are needed for you, in many walks of your life. It's pathetic to see a grown man so very angry, despicable and being such a bragging BULLY. Get your head out of the sand, Gov., and get some help!