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. Emery

    The ironic thing is that prayers for the President do absolutely no good since it's not he who's being the obstructionists, it's the Republican party! McConnell, Boehner, etc are keeping him from doing ANYTHING meaningful or useful! Everyone is so quick to blame him because the President is always a convenient scapegoat, but the people BEHIND (or, that SHOULD be, at least in support) him are the ones that are causing the problems! Simply put, the GOP cares NOTHING about the people whatsoever! If they did, they'd mention that the middle class is shrinking, that poverty is more widespread, and that they are the cause of the stalling of productive legislature, but they, of course, ignore all of these facts in order to embellish themselves! The "holier than thou" routine that the GOP continues to parade around on is getting rather old VERY quickly. The entire party should heed a rather old but meaningful phrase – "If you can't lead or follow, get OUT OF THE WAY!" The GOP isn't leading OR following!

    September 23, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  2. Kwesoe

    Religious foundamentalists like Perry consider themselves "Saved" and as such don't need prayer. The irony is that even Jesus, who is considered the Son of God, prayed for himself.

    September 23, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  3. Michael Wong

    Isn't it funny how Christian fundamentalists think the word "wisdom" means "agree with me"?

    September 23, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  4. Marshall

    I've said it before and I'll repeat it: Rick Perry reminds me of nothing so much as Elmer Gantry the hypocritical religious huckster in n Sinclair Lewis' novel of the of the same name.

    September 23, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  5. Publius Novus

    I would feel better is social conservatives would pray for themselves.

    September 23, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  6. Ex Republican in Texas

    Nero fiddled while Rome burned.

    Perry debated while Texas burned.

    Perry stayed out of state for a week, so HE wouldn't have to be the one to ask Washington for a disaster declaration.

    September 23, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  7. Joan

    Isn't there supposed to be a separation between religion and the state? He is playing the religious card way too much. It is almost getting annoying. The world economy needs more than prayer. It needs rational, careful and compromising adults to get together and solve the problems not critical, sarcastic rants. Prayer has not always worked in the Republicans favour. During the 2008 campaign, Focus on the Family sent around e-mails asking evangelicals to pray for torrential rains to spoil Pres. Obama's outdoor nomination event and it was a gorgeous evening. However, the first day of the Republican event was almost postponed because of a hurricane so maybe God was teaching them a lesson. Likewise, they prayed their hearts out that God would make the best man the next president, which they meant was McCain. Looks like God thought that the best man was President Obama. Perry may be playing to the base but if he gets the nomination he would have to appeal to much more than that. He is racking up tons of controversial statements that have been captured on tape and will come back to haunt him in a general election. Right now he does not seem to have the self-control, patience and class required by a true statesman.

    September 23, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  8. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    these so-called pious Republicans really get me. Every time they want prayer it's for the "evil liberal sinful Democrats" that are taking our country to ruin. Well how about a Republican house that ran on a jobs platform and has yet to pass one jobs bill? Or why the GOP is protecting the wealthy over every one else. Or for some of the hateful things you can hear on right wing radio or at Tea Party rallies. That is what the good guvnor needs to be praying for.

    September 23, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  9. Nat Turner

    Way to go, Perry! Fake faith and talk of executions will get you votes every time.

    September 23, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  10. gino

    Where do the Republicants find these cretins? If this political degenerate's elected, he'll establish a national religion.

    But, if we all pray enough, that wouldn't happen...

    September 23, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  11. carolyn

    Pray for Obama- this from a man who claims to be Chritstians and it doesn't bother him if an innocent person is executed.

    September 23, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  12. sonofgadfly

    I find it interesting that both Rick Perry and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad seem to think America needs to "go back to God".

    September 23, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  13. Stop the Charade

    Just what the far right has been seeking: a self interested politician who doubles as a televangelist and could fill in for the MC on "Wheel of Fortune"..

    September 23, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  14. Former Republican, but never again!

    I'm praying that Perry never gets to see the inside of the White House!

    September 23, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  15. Rut Ro

    If this guy wins we are going back to the stone age....

    September 23, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  16. Cult of Personality

    Rick Perry is a JOKE!! Vote for ME for President of the USA!! I can put this nation of ours on the proper trajection by raising taxes on ALL those HUGE Corporations that see it fit to outsource all our jobs overseas. I would raise taxes on those corporations (i.e. – American Express, GE, IBM, etc.) to 50% or higher for their outsourcing and SOLELY provide them with a tax break when they bring our jobs back home.

    September 23, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  17. Chuk

    You have to careful of those who wear their "christianity" badge on their sleeves. They usually want to make their opponent seem unchristian.

    September 23, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  18. Not All Docs Play Golf

    There may be a lot of people in the US that have heart-felt religious convictions, but there are a whole lot of people who are afraid of the religious zealots trying to impose their religion on government and our society. Keep religion and government separate, as intended by our founders.

    September 23, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  19. foreverwar

    I wonder if he is also building an ark.

    September 23, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  20. Karmic Tips

    And ....................Perry needs some sanity !!

    September 23, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  21. Dartmouth 14'

    This country was actually founded based on Christian principles and we were doing great. As soon as America decided it doesn't need God, look at what we have become. Not only will I pray for Perry and the U.S., I will also pray for all of you who get offended at the mention of the our Savior's name.

    September 23, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  22. SCAtheist

    Perry record
    Prayers zero
    drought 100

    September 23, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  23. gt

    and also pray for all the ticker folks who are pagans and infidels too...

    September 23, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  24. That Girl

    Perry, you're actually pretending to be a good Christian. Perhaps one day you'll quit being a hypocrite, freaking money loving fool.

    September 23, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  25. Al-NY,NY

    Open your own eyes Ricky. You don't stand a chance of winning....EVER.

    September 23, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
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