Will Perry answer the 'call'?
July 18th, 2011
06:51 PM ET
11 years ago

Will Perry answer the 'call'?

Austin, TX (CNN) - Rick Perry may have gotten the sign he's been waiting for.

Standing on the sidelines in the race for 2012, the Texas governor on Monday visited a video game manufacturer in Austin where designers came up with a unique way to get the potential Republican candidate on the playing field.

On a jumbo screen inside the offices of a division of EA Sports, a scene from one of the company's popular college football video game was playing out, featuring Perry as quarterback for his alma-mater, Texas A&M.

In the scene, Perry throws a touchdown before a stadium full of cheering fans.

As Perry left the room, a reporter shouted, "hey Governor, are you in the game?"

It was a reference to EA's catch-phrase "if it's in the game, it's in the game."

The Governor did not respond and hustled off the stage.

It won't be that easy in the full contact sport of Presidential politics.

Over the weekend, Perry stoked more speculation about his future plans after telling the DesMoines Register in an interview that he felt "called" to run.

"This is what America needs," Perry said in the interview.

Aides say Perry is keeping a busy schedule as he contemplates a run for the White House, calling key party leaders in early voting states with an eye on making a final decision before the fall.

At a bill signing at the statehouse Monday, Perry conceded there were religious overtones to his comments to the DesMoines Register.

"I am a man of faith. I don't make any apologies about my faith in this."

But the governor also sought to downplay the notion that he feels "called" by God to seek the Presidency.

"There's a lot of different ways to be called. My mother may call me for dinner," Perry said.

"There are people calling from all across the country, into me directly or to people they know and saying, 'man we wish you would consider doing this,'" he added.

Perry's comments about being called to run has revived some criticism of the governor over his plans to lead a day of prayer and fasting at a stadium in Houston on August 6.

Critics of the governor say he is blurring the lines separating church and state.

Filed under: 2012 • Rick Perry • Texas
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Voice of Reason

    Hasnt he said "NO" more than a few times? Now he's been 'called'. Does that mean he had it wrong to begin with? Or did God have it wrong?

    Get ready for another vanity-fueled conservative 'shock-and-awe' campaign out of Texas... I'd better stock up on pepto, i'm feeling ill already.

    July 18, 2011 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  2. Jake

    God is making this VERY confusing! so he's called Bachmann, Palin, Santorum and now Perry!? now what, God!?

    July 18, 2011 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  3. S. In California - Obama 2012

    I am a deeply religious person but these republicans are sick. Why do they feel they have to use God's name in order to garner votes? The Bible clearly says many are called but FEW are chosen Matthew 22:14. Perry is one of the "called" ones.

    July 18, 2011 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  4. jacq

    I'll never buy another EA product again...2k for life

    July 18, 2011 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  5. rs

    What they used to say about the priesthood was "Few are called but many answer". Republicans circa 2011.

    July 18, 2011 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  6. Ron

    Don't embarrass yourself and your family....

    July 18, 2011 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  7. The Greedy Old Pigs have lost their minds!

    Perry will fold like a cheap lawnchair if he ever gets in. His record of fiscal mismanagement in Texas is indefensible. After a week or two of covering his idiocy, the vast majority of Americans will conclude he would be even worst than our current Worst President Ever, George W. Bush.

    July 18, 2011 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  8. DJ in TX

    Living in Texas, don't let this guy fool people. I'll never question his faith, That's not for me to decide, nor is it any of my business. But here's some things I 100% disagree with: cutting 4 billion from education in Texas. Almost 800 teachers in just Austin alone is losing their jobs. But they approved $25 million a year for a racetrack. Women are now REQUIRED to get a sonagram if they choose to have an abortion (who's paying for that and what is it accomplishing?). Attempted to require teenage girls to take some drug (it didn't pass). Tried to make it illegal for TSA pat downs in Texas (it failed). Look deeper into the jobs that are coming to Texas, not the high paying jobs, but a lot of service industry jobs ( low pay). But the education thing gets me the most. At least once a month, teachers are asking for materials in the classroom from parents (although we pay property taxes). The classrooms are ALREADY too large for teachers to be successful, now with less teachers, the classrooms are getting larger. School Districts are cutting some sports programs, library budgets are being cut. Music classes, arts classes (which enhance learning) are being cut.

    But when Gov Perry was aksed aout those cuts, he stated "he's" not cutting any teacher positions, passing the buck down the local governments (after he tied their hands). The US in now #10 in the world when it comes to education. But yet, we cut more in education each year. You do the math. Yes, we need cuts, but education is not where it needs to come from. I also don't see Perry appealing to independents.

    July 18, 2011 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  9. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Yeah... Run Ricky boy and celebrate your 15 minutes of fame. You'll be the freshest Republican turd and all the little Republican flies will be attracted...for a while...

    July 18, 2011 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |