Perry makes play for Christian voters in South Carolina
January 8th, 2012
08:24 PM ET

Perry makes play for Christian voters in South Carolina

By Peter Hamby, CNN

Greenville, South Carolina (CNN) - As he launched a last-ditch effort to rescue his flagging candidacy in South Carolina, Rick Perry made clear Sunday that he will make an aggressive play for Christian voters in a state where nearly six out of 10 Republican voters call themselves "born again" or evangelical.

Almost 100 people turned out to see Perry at the Beacon Drive-In, a greasy spoon in Spartanburg famous for its sweet tea and burgers.

It was Perry's first appearance in the southern primary state since his underwhelming fifth-place finish in Iowa last week.

Perry, in his shirtsleeves and joined by his wife, Anita, walked into the restaurant and promptly ordered the house specialty – a chili cheeseburger buried underneath a pile of onion rings and french fries.

- Dan Merica

Filed under: Christianity • Politics • Rick Perry • South Carolina

soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Iqbal Khan

    Iran: It's Déjà Vu All Over Again

    By Aijaz Zaka Syed

    Little seems to change in..... http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30176.htm

    Imminent Iran Nuclear Threat?
    A Timeline Of Warnings Since 1979

    By Scott Peterson

    Breathless predictions that the Islamic Republic will soon be at the brink of nuclear capability, or – worse – acquire an actual nuclear bomb, are not new. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30177.htm

    January 9, 2012 at 10:42 pm |
  2. Iqbal Khan

    The New York Times is Misleading the Public on Iran

    By Robert Naiman

    AIPAC is trying to trick the United States into another catastrophic war with a Middle Eastern country on behalf of the Likud Party's colonial ambitions, and the New York Times is misleading the public with allegations that say that the country is developing "weapons of mass destruction". http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30187.htm

    January 9, 2012 at 10:32 pm |
    • Reality

      Mohammed was an illiterate, womanizing, lust and greed-driven, warmongering, hallucinating Arab, who also had embellishing/hallucinating/plagiarizing scribal biographers who not only added "angels" and flying chariots to the koran but also a militaristic agenda to support the plundering and looting of the lands of non-believers.

      This agenda continues as shown by the ma-ssacre in Mumbai, the as-sas-sinations of Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh, the conduct of the seven Muslim doctors in the UK, the 9/11 terrorists, the 24/7 Sunni suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the 24/7 Shiite suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the Islamic bombers of the trains in the UK and Spain, the Bali crazies, the Kenya crazies, the Pakistani “koranics”, the Palestine suicide bombers/rocketeers, the Lebanese nutcases, the Taliban nut jobs, the Ft. Hood follower of the koran, and the Filipino “koranics”.

      And who funds this muck and stench of terror? The warmongering, Islamic, Shiite terror and torture theocracy of Iran aka the Third Axis of Evil and also the Sunni "Wannabees" of Saudi Arabia.

      Current crises:

      The global Sunni-Shiite blood feud and the warmongering, womanizing (11 wives), hallucinating founder.

      January 10, 2012 at 12:40 am |
  3. Iqbal Khan

    Santorum: Iranians' 'Principle Virtue' To Die For God
    'Is An Encouragement For Them To Use' Nukes

    By Eli Clifton

    Santorum's Iran policy appears to be framed, in no small part, by his extremist views on Islam and a belief that the Islamic Republic's leadership is inherently irrational and suicidal.

    January 9, 2012 at 10:27 pm |
  4. Iqbal Khan

    The New York Times is Misleading the Public on Iran

    By Robert Naiman


    January 9, 2012 at 10:15 pm |
  5. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things
    Enjoy the fellowship
    Of talking with God
    As your day ends

    January 9, 2012 at 8:15 pm |
  6. M1sf1ts

    Gay Coupling is NOT Marriage

    January 9, 2012 at 6:37 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      Hello there Mr. Stereotypical bigoted nutjob.

      January 9, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
    • M1sf1ts

      I take it, HawaiiGuest, that you have no rebuttal outside of name calling.

      January 9, 2012 at 7:16 pm |
  7. David Johnson

    Surely, not even the non-thinking sheep, that are the Christian Right, could be stupid enough to believe Perry is a born again Christian. He just wants their vote. He would say anything, Accept any position, that would endear him to this group of fascists.

    He should be sent back to Texas...If he can remember how to get there.

    People of Texas! Did it ever occur to you that Perry signs so many death warrants, because he can't even remember what he is signing?


    January 9, 2012 at 9:54 am |
  8. Portland tony

    Jesus washed his hands of earthly politics and other superfluous human activities 2000 years ago. So Christians, if you're looking for Devine intervention, you may need to look elsewhere!

    January 9, 2012 at 7:45 am |
  9. JF

    "From time to time there are going to be things that occur that are acts of God that cannot be prevented." —Rick Perry, on the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, in 2010

    January 9, 2012 at 6:06 am |
  10. Lucille Causey

    I am so scaried than unless we have Perry or another Christian president, God will soon destroy America because we have been a wicked nation so long.

    January 9, 2012 at 5:48 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      Wow, scaried? Huh?
      Another christard president will put that country in much further crap than it already is in. Think back to Bush (okay I shouldn't tell you to think...it might cause damage to what little brain you must have for even spewing such stupidity).
      Have you ever heard of separation of church and state? It basically means that no president can use their christard beliefs to run the country or as a basis for how they run it. The secular country you reside in is just that...SECULAR...secular people do not create war or fight about who has the correct imaginary friend...instead they see the issues for what they really are and work from there instead of hoping and praying that some fictional character, invented by man to control man, will save their sorry butts.

      January 9, 2012 at 5:59 am |
    • Mirosal

      Lucille, please look up the Sixth Article (NOT Amendment) to the US Consti'tution. It specifically states that NO religious test is ever required for ANY public office.. from the President to the city dog catcher.

      January 9, 2012 at 6:03 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      "There is not one redeeming feature in our supersti.tion of Christianity. It has made one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites."- Thomas Jefferson

      see, even the founding fathers thought christards had it wrong. 🙂 (plenty of more where that came from)

      January 9, 2012 at 6:27 am |
    • David Johnson

      @Lucille Causey

      Fear not my child, for the Christian god is very unlikely to exist. He exacts no wrath. Earthquakes and famines etc. have natural causes. Global warming, most scientists believe, is man's fault. The rich and the Christian Right do not believe this. That's because the rich are the factory owners. Not polluting costs them money. The Christian Right read their bible and think Jesus will come back and fix everything. The Evangelicals never mention Jesus' advice to the poor or how we should treat the poor and the elderly (honor your father and your mother), They like Paul's advice better. I guess you can pick and choose if you are insane. So, if you don't want clean air and water, vote for the Republicans. 3rd world country here we come!


      January 9, 2012 at 10:07 am |
    • Joxer the Mighty

      @lucille And what exactly makes us a wicked nation?

      January 9, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
    • HellBent

      Do you think god was really enamored with the last Christian president? You know, the one the lied to justify killing over a hundred thousand innocent people that he created?

      January 9, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
  11. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    January 9, 2012 at 4:36 am |
    • Mirosal

      Someone give this person above a little nudge. The record needle in its mouth has been stuck in the same groove for untold days now.

      January 9, 2012 at 4:40 am |
    • Mirosal

      About your little catchphrase you love to use ..... is this 'god' of yours truly omniscient? Just a yes or no will suffice for your answer. Just one word... yes ... or no?

      January 9, 2012 at 4:41 am |
    • just sayin

      All life is designed around a proper relationship with God . Pray on bro.

      January 9, 2012 at 4:45 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      @Mirosal: These people are truly lazy a$$es. Using prayer is as useless as referring to the buybull for answers. How sad that they are too dishonest to admit that they don't know. They have yet to provide proof of any valid form for the existence of said god and yet to provide answers as to which god is the right one or what will happen if they have it wrong. I think if these people stopped praying and actually did something useful with their hands, the world would be a better place...we'd have less starving children; more children getting proper medical attention (and not dying b/c their brainwashed parents prayed for them); less war, etc, etc, etc...sadly they don't consider how much damage prayer can do in the end but I'm not sure they care...as long as they feel good not much else matters.

      January 9, 2012 at 5:18 am |
    • Mirosal

      And hello m'lady ... apparently they are unfamiliar with the saying "Two hands at work can do a lot more than a thousand hands clasped in prayer".

      January 9, 2012 at 5:21 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      Apparently they are also not aware of what century we reside in either.

      January 9, 2012 at 5:28 am |
    • Mirosal

      And to think, all I wanted was a simple yes or no answer. I guess he/she is too busy praying to type one simple word. I've been waiting almost an hour now.

      January 9, 2012 at 5:36 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      Yes or no requires some thought and thinking for themselves is far too difficult....don't ask too much of these christards or they'll condemn you to hell again ;-).

      January 9, 2012 at 5:53 am |
  12. Politics is comedy, politics is horror

    So why did CNN run a story on a political corpse? The Grim Reaper has already scythed Perry's candidacy.

    Interesting that a zombie candidate loves to tell you about his zombie messiah.

    January 9, 2012 at 12:29 am |
  13. Reality

    Only for the "newbies":

    Why the Christian Right no longer matters in presidential elections:

    Once again, all the conservative votes in the country "ain't" going to help a "pro-life" presidential candidate, i.e Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, Jon Huntsman, Michele Bachmann, Newton Leroy Gingrich, Ron Paul or Rick Santorum, in 2012 as the "Immoral Majority" rules the country and will be doing so for awhile. The "Immoral Majority" you ask?

    The fastest growing USA voting bloc: In 2008, the 70+ million "Roe vs. Wade mothers and fathers" of aborted womb-babies" whose ranks grow by two million per year i.e. 78+ million "IM" voters in 2012.

    2008 Presidential popular vote results:

    69,456,897 for pro-abortion/choice BO, 59,934,814 for "pro-life" JM.

    And all because many women fail to take the Pill once a day or men fail to use a condom even though in most cases these men have them in their pockets. (maybe they should be called the "Stupid Majority"?)

    (The failures of the widely used birth "control" methods i.e. the Pill and male condom have led to the large rate of abortions ( one million/yr) and S-TDs (19 million/yr) in the USA. Men and women must either recognize their responsibilities by using the Pill or condoms properly and/or use other safer birth control methods in order to reduce the epidemics of abortion and S-TDs.)

    January 8, 2012 at 11:37 pm |
    • .........

      hit report abuse on all reality bull sh it

      January 9, 2012 at 4:25 am |
  14. heh

    This fossil-faced jacka$$ needs to die of terminal cancer. Preferably tomorrow.

    January 8, 2012 at 9:49 pm |
  15. Theo Cyrene

    Well we know Rick believes in the Father, Son........ and what was the other one?

    January 8, 2012 at 9:48 pm |
    • jespo


      January 8, 2012 at 9:56 pm |
  16. The Central Scrutinizer

    Just for fun (I can do this all day):

    "Juarez is reported to be the most dangerous city in America." –Rick Perry, referring to a city that is across the Texas border in Mexico, February 28, 2011

    January 8, 2012 at 9:04 pm |
  17. The Central Scrutinizer

    Santorum for Prez
    Perry for V.P.

    "I am a firm believer in intelligent design as a matter of faith and intellect, and I believe it should be presented in schools alongside the theories of evolution." —Rick Perry in 2010

    January 8, 2012 at 9:03 pm |
  18. The Central Scrutinizer

    Ok now, this is an ACTUAL quote from Rick Perry re: W

    "George W. Bush did a incredible job in the presidency, defending us from freedom." –Rick Perry in 2010

    January 8, 2012 at 9:02 pm |
    • Fookin' Prawn

      Haha, that is fantastic.

      January 9, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  19. The Central Scrutinizer

    "This is an impressive crowd — the haves and the have-mores. Some people call you the elite. I call you my base."
    —George W. Bush, at the annual Al Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, Oct. 19, 2000

    Go GOP!!

    January 8, 2012 at 8:58 pm |
  20. The Central Scrutinizer

    I just want to let Perry know that the following 10 quotes are taken already by W, so he will have to come up with his own. That shouldn't be a problem for him though. I hope he gets the nod, imagine the comedy!

    W's top 10:

    10) "Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream." —LaCrosse, Wis., Oct. 18, 2000

    9) "I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family." —Greater Nashua, N.H., Jan. 27, 2000

    8) "I hear there's rumors on the Internets that we're going to have a draft." —second presidential debate, St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 8, 2004

    7) "I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully." —Saginaw, Mich., Sept. 29, 2000

    6) "You work three jobs? … Uniquely American, isn't it? I mean, that is fantastic that you're doing that." —to a divorced mother of three, Omaha, Nebraska, Feb. 4, 2005

    5) "Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB-GYNs aren't able to practice their love with women all across this country." —Poplar Bluff, Mo., Sept. 6, 2004

    4) "They misunderestimated me." —Bentonville, Ark., Nov. 6, 2000

    3) "Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?" —Florence, S.C., Jan. 11, 2000

    2) "Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we." —Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2004

    1) "There's an old saying in Tennessee — I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again." —Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 17, 2002

    January 8, 2012 at 8:54 pm |
    • Chad

      William Jefferson Clinton:
      "[I]t depends on how you define "alone" ... there were a lot of times when we were alone, but I never really thought we were."

      "It depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is"
      – excerpts from Bill Clinton's grand jury testimony

      "The other thing we have to do is to take seriously the role in this problem of...older men who prey on underage women...There are consequences to decisions and...one way or the other, people always wind up being held accountable."

      ""I have never had se xual relations with Monica Lewinsky. I've never had an affair with her."
      "Indeed, I did have a relationship with Ms. Lewinsky that was not appropriate. "

      "John Kennedy had actually not been back to the White House since his father was killed, until I had became president – and first he was on an advisory committee that made a report to me, and he came back to the Oval Office where he saw the desk that he took the famous picture in – you know, coming through the gate, for the first time since he was a little boy."

      "...with barely 700 days left in the 20th century..."
      President Clinton during his State of the Union address, January 27, 1998

      January 9, 2012 at 10:41 pm |
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