Perry tells social conservatives to pray for Obama
September 22nd, 2011
06:38 PM ET
11 years ago

Perry tells social conservatives to pray for Obama

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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Filed under: 2012 • Florida • President Obama • Rick Perry
soundoff (178 Responses)
  1. Jake

    scary stuff, America!

    September 22, 2011 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  2. a little sad

    This man gets more offenisive every time he talks.

    September 22, 2011 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  3. a little sad

    Oops -"This man gets more offenisive every time he talks."

    offensive. I really can spell, I just can't type.

    September 22, 2011 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  4. ufadoof

    Cause we know how well that pray for rain thing worked out...

    September 22, 2011 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  5. Jim R

    If this works as well as Perry's prayers for rain in Texas, Obama is only going to get worse.

    September 22, 2011 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  6. AmericanSam

    There ought to be a separation of church and state. What an idea.

    September 22, 2011 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  7. NC

    I'm Praying Perry will go back to Texas and take care of the people that elected him.

    September 22, 2011 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  8. Ben

    Obama has way more wisdom than Perry. Perhaps Perry should just pray for himself.

    September 22, 2011 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  9. The Jellyman

    He is running for the post of minister to which church? Or is it President? I'm confused,

    September 22, 2011 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  10. markiejoe

    I can't tell you how offensive that is for Perry to say. Religion is an elitist scourge.

    September 22, 2011 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  11. Kenneth the VI of Minneapolis

    Mr. Perry, this is serious stuff...One of you Republicans will be the next president, therefore, you start acting presidential instead of a news talk show!

    September 22, 2011 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  12. Neil ILL

    Pray! Like we did in Texas that one time during that big fire. It helps! "Is the children really learning?"

    Guess not.

    September 22, 2011 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  13. Randy, San Francisco

    Maybe this prayer request will be more successful than the one for rain in drought strickened Texas.

    September 22, 2011 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  14. TeaPartyIsForLittleGirls

    If Perry wins, we will all be praying... for the country

    September 22, 2011 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  15. wcnea567

    Just curious if Texas got any rain after Perry prayed for it?

    September 22, 2011 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  16. john leddy

    Somebody should tell this fraud that he is running for president and not televangelist in chief. Do you really think that he believes all that primitive religious nonsense?

    September 22, 2011 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  17. Anthony

    All of us need to pray that we don't get George W. Bush II. With the first George W. Bush, more than 4000 of our troops died in Iraq for a mistake.

    September 22, 2011 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  18. Positive

    Yes, let's pray that Obama is President for 4 more years!

    September 22, 2011 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  19. Emmy Skaddittle

    he seems to be laying it on thick for the republican base, I am more religious than everyone else. are they really buying this?

    September 22, 2011 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  20. Eric

    This guy is just scary.

    September 22, 2011 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Or, instead of praying they could do something that actually works.

    September 22, 2011 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  22. Psychologist

    I am not yet done praying for rain in Texas, Mr. Perry. I am also praying everybody will be able to seek and receive decent medical care. And what is your authority again, Mr. Perry?

    September 22, 2011 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  23. TP will be flushed after use

    Pray for yourself perry. ESPECIALLY for wisdom.

    September 22, 2011 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  24. Scott S.

    The same "wisdom" that told Rick Perry that the best solution to our economic troubles was to hold a prayer gathering at a football stadium? Sure. Keep living in your own little world there Mr. Perry.

    September 22, 2011 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  25. Dee

    I know I pray when I think about Rick Perry possibly being president. Lord help us!

    September 22, 2011 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
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