July 21st, 2011
05:24 PM ET

Perry's 'call' could shake up GOP field

By Jim Acosta and Erika Dimmler, CNN

Austin, TX (CNN) – For Republicans who are dissatisfied with the current presidential field for 2012, it could be divine intervention.

GOP insiders see Texas Governor Rick Perry as a potential game-changer. As his state's longest serving governor, the pro-business Perry appeals to both tea party activists and Christian conservatives, all with a Texas swagger.

At a press conference Monday, Perry confirmed what he recently told the Des Moines Register. He is feeling called by his faith and his friends to run.

"I don't ever get confused. I am a man of faith," he added.

The governor resisted the suggestion that his comments meant he is being called by God to jump into the GOP race.

Read the full story about Rick Perry's 'call' to run for president
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  1. Beatrice

    America needs men of God like him more than ever. God bless American Christians, the only beacon of hope on Planet Earth. Don't give way to perversion and mass murder(abortion, etc.)!

    July 24, 2011 at 11:46 pm |
    • Dustin

      This country was founded on the separation of church and state because the founding fathers knew the two shouldn't mix. We need smart political leaders, not religious nut jobs. Keep your religion in church where it belongs. You should probably stay inside your church too. The world is full of dangerous, free-thinking, loving people. You really wouldn't fit in anyway.

      July 25, 2011 at 12:19 am |
    • Beatrice

      No, the country was founded to freely worship God in the Protestant faiths, never to blaspheme. Americans even decades ago never imagined the nation would become this morally and spiritually chaotic. Shame on you!!

      July 25, 2011 at 1:13 am |
    • Slumberjack

      Speaking of American Christians, perversion, and mass murder.....

      We atheists have long memories....in the hope that one day, a new Nuremburg style trial will hold the Christian leaders and officials of America to account for their crimes against humanity. Your courageous leaders and your heroic air force pilots boiled women and children to death. Christian Amerikkka indeed.


      "At 4:30 am the morning of 13 February, two F-117 stealth fighter/bombers each dropped a 2,000 pound GBU-27 laser-guided bomb on the shelter. The first cut through ten feet of reinforced concrete before a time-delayed fuse exploded. Minutes later the second bomb followed the path cut by the first bomb. People staying in the upper level were incinerated by heat, while boiling water from the shelter's water tank killed those below.

      At the time of the bombing there were hundreds of Iraqi civilians in the shelter. More than 400 people were killed; reports vary and the registration book was incinerated in the blast. The dead were overwhelmingly women and children because men and boys over the age of 15 had left the shelter to give the women and children some privacy. The blast sent shrapnel into surrounding buildings, shattering glass windows and splintering their foundations.

      The shelter is maintained as a memorial to those who died within it, featuring photos of those killed. According to visitors' reports, Umm Greyda, a woman who lost eight children in the bombing, moved into the shelter to help create the memorial, and serves as its primary guide."

      July 26, 2011 at 8:19 am |

    Since when did Perry get so religious??? He has been Govner a long time and never called for prayer until God set Texas on fire. Now he is thinking about running for Pres. so he will FOOL ALL THOSE CHRISTIANS to get VOTES. Some christians just say "God said" and they are sure you are a REAL CHRISTIAN. Geo. Bush did that "God told him to be Pres." Then he told the Islam faith "we all serve the same God" so now we have Chrislam moving across the country because they say "if the Pres. says we all serbve the same God it must be true".

    July 24, 2011 at 9:38 pm |
  3. fernace

    No, guv'nah Goodhair could not turn anything around, he'd just join his teabaggers & tear the country up, from the bottom to the middle, as he has with his own state! You think Texans are happy!? We are fighting for our lives here! I have never seen so many marches on the Capitol, as this year! Teachers, parents, students (many no older than 7), healthcareworkers, emergency sevices, police, firefighters( in the months of wild fires), all were fighting for their jobs & livelihoods! No word from the guv'nah! As long as he gets his, all is well with the world! He is not speaking to God, but I'm sure he's talking to a biblical being! As far as the jobs, they were not created by the gov't, & they are part-time & minimum wage at best! We are thankful to have them, but we know they have nothing to do with the gov't caring about us & our families!We know we're expendable & some 1 is happy to take our place! When did this happen last, oh yeah, Last Turn Of The Century!!

    July 24, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  4. City On a Shining Hill

    Texas has had the highest job creation in the last 10 years, thanks to low taxes, a business friendly government and a strong work ethic. More corporate headquarters are located in this state than any other.

    Mr. Perry would turn the economy around overnight, as Reagan did, with a GOP congress. Four more years of the current government will not.

    July 24, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
  5. mas56

    If Washington cuts social security, Then all of the people we voted in office can take a pay cut
    and pay for there own insurance. " WHATS GOOD FOR THE GOOSE" Disband all lobbyist,
    and special interest groups for ever. MAKE THIS A LAW THAT CAN NOT BE REVOCKED!!!!!!!
    Every one in the USA must get on board with this. WE the people can make it happen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    This is still OUR Country!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    every one must HELP, HELP HELP!!!!!!!!

    July 24, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  6. william

    Wasn't little king Georgs Jr. an evangelical Christian with Texas swagger? I think you have to be a certain kind of stupid to want a redo of that.

    July 24, 2011 at 11:27 am |
  7. Topkatt


    July 24, 2011 at 12:31 am |
    • SmarterthanU

      Just what we need another evangelical wack job. God talks to Perry. Perry tells us what he said. They sure do grow then flaky in TX.

      July 24, 2011 at 11:21 am |
  8. OceanLight

    I've been shocked by Americans' ignorance on their Christian heritage. What are they teaching in public schools? No wonder Americans are so behind in everything by now. It was unthinkable decades ago. Think about the threats in Arctics or in Pacific and work harder!

    July 23, 2011 at 8:21 am |
    • SmarterthanU

      Thanks for the nonsense.

      July 24, 2011 at 11:20 am |
  9. OceanLight

    America has the light of hope because of its Christian population.

    July 22, 2011 at 11:43 pm |
    • WesH

      It's funny you say that since Christians have opposed every social freedom we have in this country, (Abolishment of slavery, women's rights, interracial marriage, g-ay marriage, a~bortion), you name it christians were there holding up their bibles and shouting. Not that it's a bad thing, everyone does have their right to an opinion.

      July 23, 2011 at 3:57 am |
    • OceanLight

      Wes, America population has been always mostly "Christian" and most civil rights were won by conscious Christians except for murder of defenseless(abortion) and perversion(gay marriagae). You non-believers did no contribution.

      July 23, 2011 at 8:07 am |
    • fimeilleur

      @ OceanLight,

      How do you defend the concious decision of Mr Anders Behring Breivik? A self proclaimed Christan Fundamentalist. Or let me guess... he wasn't a real Christian... he must have been an Atheist "posing" as a Christian...

      Your rantings are just the same as his the only difference is, you haven't killed anyone... so far... that we're aware of.

      July 23, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
    • OceanLight

      @Fime-, Christians would NEVER kill unless combatting enemies in right wars or executing criminals lawfully. We have a long list of atheists who willingly did mega massacres everywhere.

      July 24, 2011 at 5:42 am |
    • fimeilleur

      @ OceanLight,

      Didn't we already discuss this issue previously? You can't keep screaming the "true Scottsman" falacy everytime we mention another Christian who kills in the name of his faith, Michael F. Griffin, Rev. Paul Jennings Hill, John Salvi, Eric Robert Rudolph, James Kopp, Scott Roeder to name a few more. Care to point out where the lawfull execution of criminals comes in? These 6 were all convicted of killing abortion providers or people associated with the facility. The victims were performing LEGAL acts at the time of their deaths (it doesn't matter if you believe them to be immoral...) the victims were never charged as criminals and never given due process... these 6 murders were. The US declared war on Iraq for pocession of "weapons of mass destruction", though none were EVER found... do you still think the soldiers of Iraq died in a "just" war started by George W. Bush? I think your "NEVER" arguement was just blown out of the water.

      Now I know, I know, your gonna bring up Pot, Stalin, Hitler, Mao, and others... I'll remind you that Hitler was a professed catholic, we'll argue back and forth... end of the line is that these people did horrible things and nobody denies this... What they didn't do, was they didn't commit their crimes in the name of Atheism. With the exception of Hitler, they all turned their lack of belief in a god or gods into a worship of the state, and went from there. The list of Christian atrocities is even longer my friend. The Jews even brag about their attrocities in their Torah, stating that it was the will of God...

      Please spare us all the lies.

      July 24, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
    • OceanLight

      @Fime-, you are stupid. Christians saved more than 10 billion humans in the last 2,000 years. Europe and America did not have existence or well-being without Christianity. You are alive today ONLY because of Christianity. You Westerners are as barbaric and air-heads as any others if you didn't have Christianity.

      July 24, 2011 at 11:44 pm |
  10. David Johnson

    Better be careful with these religious nuts. They are fun to poke fun at, for sure. But they have a terrifying "wishlist".

    Christian Right Agenda – Christian Theocracy:

    The Texas history books are rewriting history to give the conservative slant. The objective of this effort, is to create a Christian Nation, a theocracy with Jesus as Head of State.

    A huge campaign is underway, to convince the American people, the founding fathers never intended a separation of church and state. Thomas Jefferson's role as a founding father is played down. In some cases Jefferson is smudged.
    Expect an attack on the 1st and 14th Amendments. The founding fathers will weep.

    Most of the Tea Party are for a Christian Theocracy. The Tea Party is in bed with the Christian Right. A vote for any Tea Party candidate, is a vote for Christian Right domination.

    The Republicans are the puppets of the Christian Right and the Rich.

    You will see an amendment defining marriage as between a man and woman. The repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell", will be in grave jeopardy. Gay rights will dwindle and die.

    Roe Vs. Wade will be reversed. Women will once again be forced to seek back alley remedies. Men will be forced to buy condoms on the black market.

    Stem cell research will stagnate. The hopes of damaged and sick people will be dashed.

    All scientific research will be scrutinized by the Christian Right. "If a theory is in agreement with Scripture ", will be the new metric. Get use to hearing "God Did It".

    P_ornography will be illegal. The Religious Right will decide what is p_ornographic , as well as what is art. You will watch television programs approved by the Evangelicals. Lots of reruns of "Growing Pains", starring that Evangelical darling Kirk Cameron. Thank you Jesus!

    Creationism will be taught in public school, most likely alongside evolution rather than instead of, but no guarantees.

    Vouchers will enable parents to send their child to religious schools. Funds to public schools will dwindle. Quality education will be out of reach for the masses. The finite amount of money, will be spread too thin. But what does it matter? It is the will of God.

    Little Johnny will believe in talking snakes and Zombie Messiahs. The rest of the world is spending their time learning real science and math. Good luck Johnny. Can you say: "Would you like fries with that?"

    State-sanctioned Prayer will be in our schools. The Christian Right think they know better than the Founding Fathers and want to tamper with the Bill of Rights. They want to amend the U.S. Const_itution, so that the Government would legally sponsor and take over the activity of prayer. Only the one true god, the Christian god, will be given homage. The non-Christians will be allowed to put their heads down on their desks, during the morning worship. They can contemplate their damnation, for not accepting Jesus.

    $ex education will consist of abstinence only. Studies have shown it is a worthless concept. But, it will please Jesus.

    The war against unions, commenced during the Bush administration, will continue.

    Jesus will be the Head of State! He will be represented by an empty chair at the head of the leadership table. Only the Evangelicals will be able to hear His voice. They will tell the rest of us His will. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!

    We will be a slave to a make believe god. If it wasn't so sad, it would be funny.


    July 22, 2011 at 7:04 pm |
    • Lycidas

      Wow....talk about paranoia.


      July 22, 2011 at 7:10 pm |
    • wwajdblogger

      What's wrong with Jesus as Head of State? Isn't that why America was founded?


      July 22, 2011 at 7:24 pm |
    • herbert juarez

      get a program you can't tell the bad christians from the good Christians without a program

      July 22, 2011 at 7:27 pm |
  11. Reality

    As we "thu-mp" along with reviews, rational thinking, conclusions and reiteration to counter the millennia of false and flawed religious history and theology!!!--––

    Beyond the Perrys of the world:

    How much money would the following save the US taxpayers ?: a move to true morality!!!

    Saving 1.5 billion lost Muslims:
    There never was and never will be any angels i.e. no Gabriel, no Islam and therefore no more koranic-driven acts of horror and terror

    One trillion dollars over the next several years as the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan will end.

    Eighteen billion dollars/yr to Pakistan will stop.

    Four billion dollars/yr to Egypt will end.

    Saving 2 billion lost Christians including the Mormons:
    There was and never will be any bodily resurrections i.e. No Easter, no Christianity.

    The Mormon empire will now become taxable as will all Christian "religions" and non-profits since there is there is no longer any claim to being a tax-exempt religion.

    Saving 15.5 million Orthodox followers of Judaism:
    Abraham and Moses never existed.

    Four billion dollars/yr to Israel saved.

    All Jewish sects and non-profits will no longer be tax exempt.

    Now all we need to do is convince these 3.5+ billion global and local citizens that they have been conned all these centuries Time for a Twitter and FaceBook campaign!!!!

    July 22, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  12. Artist

    @ Artist,

    Okay love the name calling..make you feel good? Can we change it a bit?....I prefer Jesus zealot or something like that. Anyway the reason our country is fracturing is b/c the people of this world (YES I WOULD INCLUDE YOU) are "FORSAKING GOD". In addition there are a lot of "LIBERALS" that want chaos...aka(do what ever makes you happy..no morals......no abiding by what the Bible says...just do what makes ya feeeeel good).
    Please say more...you make my case everytime you post. There is no difference between someone like you holding up the bible vs holding up the quran and declaring your god's morals over the masses.
    You are part of the Christian Taliban. People like you are the enemy to freedom just like your brothers in the ME. Like I said more and more are leaving the GOP because of people like you. Non-believers and believers. I have no problem with you expressing your taliban type ideas, just quit leaching off the GOP and create your own evangelical party. And by the way, I am more conservative than liberal. People like you is why I left the GOP. People like you is why someone like Obama gets voted in. People like you leave us no choice.

    July 22, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
    • Anti Christian Taliban

      CW = member of Christian Taliban

      July 22, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
    • CW

      @ Artist,

      Okay....let me ask...since your a conservative an all

      Where do you stand on G-ay marriage?

      Where do you stand on a.bortion?

      Where do you stand on Ob.amacare?

      Big question...do you follow what the Bible says or what freedom says?

      July 22, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  13. juan valdez

    herbert's position has been clarified but it makes his knees hurt.

    July 22, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
    • herbert juarez

      bite me

      July 22, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
  14. CW

    I submit to you the following folks,


    From my first post on the first page

    @Jim......you first

    This country has gotten away from its good morals...BIBLICAL MORALS...See your wonderful pres...(trying to legalize ho.m.o.s.e.xual marriages). By the way you say the last "believer" left a mess right? How's your pres working for ya...STILL high unemployment....oooo..also right now our debt ceiling is about be extended...so...how's he doing again?

    @ Artist,

    Okay love the name calling..make you feel good? Can we change it a bit?....I prefer Jesus zealot or something like that. Anyway the reason our country is fracturing is b/c the people of this world (YES I WOULD INCLUDE YOU) are "FORSAKING GOD". In addition there are a lot of "LIBERALS" that want chaos...aka(do what ever makes you happy..no morals......no abiding by what the Bible says...just do what makes ya feeeeel good).

    @ Dave,

    First off I don't H.ate anyone....second....if our pres...is so christian..he sure is making a mockery of the teachings of the Bible...ie (G-ay marriage...Ab.ortion)...just to name a few.

    July 22, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
    • Civiloutside

      Not to inject nuance and accuracy into the discussion or anything, but President Obama's official position is that he would accept creating civil unions for g-ay couples, but is opposed to g-ay marriage. I guess because separate-but-equal has such a successful history in this country...

      So anyway, feel free to return to your argument with actual facts in hand.

      July 22, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
    • herbert juarez

      dave is known to bend facts to suit his own opinions

      July 22, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
    • george busch

      Why are christian filled with so much hate? You hate the president. You hate anyone who doesn't agree with you. You hate everyone who does agree with you if they don't believe like you do. Seems like the only thing christians love is to hate, and they are doing that very well. I can tell by the rants around here that if a dark-skinned person was trying to help the needy and asking the rich to give more to help the poor you would call him a liberal and run him out of town. And that is the irony, Jesus was that liberal you have all grown to hate so much and invoke his name to do it.

      July 22, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
    • Dustin

      For your info, there are a lot of Republicans who are gay and pro-choice. You are an extremist right-wing Republican. From the sound of it, a typical one. I'd like to say that you're one of the few, but I doubt that is the case. Obama is a very bright, capable and compromising president. We are in this economic mess because of Bush and his terrible spending. And, just an FYI, God has no use for false Christians like you. You are a zealot doomsday soothsayer. A self-righteous big mouth who no doubt cherry picks passages from the bible to support your own misguided political beliefs.

      July 25, 2011 at 12:07 am |
  15. george busch

    Perry talks to God? Didn't God tell that nutcase Bachman to run also. Is God hedging his bets? Why doesn't he tell all right-wing nut-jobs to run for president? What is your first clue that a man can't be trusted. Well, if he says God has spoken to him.....

    July 22, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
    • Frogist

      @george busch: Good point. They can't all be the chosen one. And frankly if that's the best the Lord can do, we are in deep shyte.

      July 22, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  16. herbert juarez

    @ dave
    fact vs. faith
    the same ah posted "faith is for the very stupid"so you took by faith the very improbable scenario that this republican twit would actually get the white house?you ain't getting it you moron,the poster "god" discredited that scenario in his original post.

    July 22, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
    • Dave

      What the hell are you talking about?

      Listen: you messed up. You didn't get it. You made a fool of yourself. Just admit it and move on. Or don't admit it, for all I care...but don't latch on to me now for being the one who explained it to you. It's not my fault you were too dense to pick up on the other poster's satire. Now move along, little boy...move along.

      July 22, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
    • herbert juarez

      your opinion has been shown to be adulterated crap! if you can't accept it tough! as long as your head is so far up your colon check yourself for polyps it might save your life.

      July 22, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
    • juan valdez

      herbert's position has been clarified now but it makes his knees hurt.

      July 22, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
    • herbert juarez

      @juan valdez
      your donkey got all the wit

      July 22, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  17. Fly Guy in SJ

    All you anti-religious bigots can sit down and shut up now.

    Think you're not bigots? Then you're even dumber than you've already shown yourselves to be.

    July 22, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
    • WesH

      You make me lulz, bro.

      July 23, 2011 at 3:39 am |
  18. ColinO

    The idea of a guy like him as president of this country is terrifying.

    July 22, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
    • Artist

      If the evangelical zealots ever get control, we will know what people under the taliban felt like.

      July 22, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
  19. Nonimus

    "We need God's help." Perry says in the message.

    I don't want anyone in office that thinks we are beyond helping ourselves. We got into this mess, lets get ourselves out of it (not to mention that God isn't going to help, even if he were real.)

    July 22, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
    • Anti Christian Taliban

      He might have a direct line to god and will do his will?

      July 22, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  20. NKPS

    Religion, the resident evil.

    July 22, 2011 at 12:08 pm |
    • Frogist

      @NKPS: Are you the master of all unlocking? Or just a Jill Sandwich?
      Sorry... couldn't help myself...

      July 22, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
    • OceanLight

      Religion(Christianity) made the great America. Now the non-religious are tearing it to pieces. All empires have final days.

      July 22, 2011 at 11:45 pm |
    • WesH

      @ Ocean Light – I don't get were you're coming from. This country was founded by people who were being persecuted for their religion in Europe. The founding fathers were all secularists, they believed in religious freedom and seperation of church and state, because they didn't want people to be persecuted like they were. Non-religious are tearing this country apart? How so? There isn't a single athiest in congress nor has their been a non-religious president. You make no sense. Please take the time to inform yourself before making accusations to people you don't understand.

      July 23, 2011 at 3:47 am |
    • OceanLight

      WesH, you are wrong. Founding fathers wanted to practice different Protestant faiths freely. No one imagined Americans 200 years later would become this evil and anti-God.

      July 23, 2011 at 8:17 am |
    • OceanLight

      WesH, sometimes, my com-plicted comments get disappear. CNN seems not wanting to show best replies by Christian perspectives.

      July 23, 2011 at 8:19 am |
    • fimeilleur

      @ WesH, don't take it personally, sometimes, OceanLight doesn't take her medication so she rambles incoherently... I hear she sometimes speaks in the tongue of angles... sounds something like ghjskdalfdhf qwpehfiqwc ehakjdflhaskdfhasdkfalsdhfjklaghqpeighwksdlkhadhfdf *shakes epileptic like on the floor*

      July 24, 2011 at 12:39 am |
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