Skip to comments.Behind the Scenes, Christian Right Leaders Rally Behind Rick Perry
Posted on 07/05/2011 5:17:22 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
In early June, TIME has learned, a group of prominent figures on the Christian Right held a conference call to discuss their dissatisfaction with the current GOP presidential field, and agreed that Rick Perry would be their preferred candidate if he entered the race. Among those on the call were Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council; David Barton, the Texas activist and go-to historian for the Christian Right; and John Hagee, the controversial San Antonio pastor whose endorsement John McCain rejected in 2008.
Religious conservatives have often played a substantial role in choosing past Republican nominees, but leaders on the Christian Right have been conspicuously quiet so far in this campaign season. Privately, however, they are enthusiastic about Perry and are encouraging the Texas governor to throw his ten-gallon hat in the ring.
Perrys favor with the Christian Right is relatively new, and he is their candidate of choice as much by default as anything. Many leaders had hoped that Mike Huckabee would make a second run for the nomination and give them a fellow religious conservative (and a Southerner) to support. When Huckabee chose to sit out the race and Haley Barbour stepped aside as well, some Christian Right bigwigs considered throwing their support behind Newt Gingrich.
The former Speaker has made religious freedom for Christians his signature issue over the past few years. And more importantly, Gingrich needs religious conservatives more than they need him he might feel indebted to that constituency if he won, the thinking went. But as Gingrichs campaign operation seems to have shrunk to a few interns and wife Callistas Twitter feed, alarmed Christian Right leaders have sought to find a newpreferably electablecandidate to carry the social conservative banner.
Whats wrong with the existing crop of candidates?.....
...come on down, Rick Perry!.....
(Excerpt) Read more at swampland.time.com ...
The issues for Mr. Perry are:
1) Perry was taken from the DNC by Mr. Rove and
“made” into a Team Rove-Romney RINO.
2) Perry is FOR: open borders.
3) Perry is FOR: mandatory Gardasil (his Chief of Staff
was a Merck agent for Texas) and opposed the legislature,
which was furious at RINO Perry’s force of his Chief
of Staff’s company’s “medicine” down the throats of
chaste children (6th graders).
Perry helped create more jobs in Texas than all states combined...from 2009 unti the present.
He got voter ID passed.
He knows the private sector creates REAL jobs.
He is pro life unlike Mitt Romney.
He is pro Israel unlike Obama.
Fantasy article. This person has no idea what the christian right wants or thinks.
I’m not sure what’s not to like about Bachmann if you’re the religious right???
"The land of the greed and the home of the brave. Excuse
me, ....the land of the greed and the home of the slave."
The RINO Republican leadership is a boy's club, and since Myth's star is falling fast, Perry's the newest flavor.
The religious right...for example John Hagee are not the rino club.
Rick Perry is a very strong Christian .
Yep, gotta get one of their guys in there no matter what.
Do you think it is a good strategy for Perry
to HIDE BEHIND his religion to distract from the
real issues? like Mitt Romney does, in the Rove way?
No, I’d just say that Perry was made into a Team Rove RINO.
They’re a different type of RINO. I’ve never seen Romney spread hate about a conservative the way Rove attacked Christine. No need to muddy the issue. It’s just clear that Perry is not tea party and is a Rove creation from the beginning. That’s plenty bad, no need to talk about Romney.
I don’t think you should be saying that Perry currently is for forced vaccinations for std’s. It’s clearly true that he was.
You’ve forgotten Bilderberg and Trans Texas Corridor.
David Barton is a solid Christian. Rick Perry has the executive experience and the right social stances.
Downright eerie how Perry’s people talked about Merck product on same day Merck gave Perry money
Perry’s Trans-Texas Corridor plan is a hard sell
Senators: Perry evading law with expired appointments
Texas Eminent Domain Bill Vetoed By Govenor Perry
Campaign to impeach Gov. Perry launched online
Tempers Flare At Trans-Texas Corridor Hearing
Secretive Bilderberg meeting set for Turkey
Karl in a Corner
Second, Roves opponents would regularly find that they had suddenly become the target
of a criminal investigation, and details concerning the investigation would be
aggressively fanned to the press. Rove mastered this technique in a contest
for the Texas Agriculture Commissioners post that he managed for now-Governor Rick Perry.
It Started in Texas: Karl Roves Political Prosecutions
1. Rove was hired to run the campaign of Rick Perry, the current governor,
for the powerful Texas office of Commissioner of Agriculture, then held by
Democrat Jim Hightower. Shortly thereafter, it was clear that a major
FBI investigation had been launched into the workings of the Texas Agriculture
Department (TDA), focusing on Hightower and his senior lieutenants, who had been
pursuing a populist, anti-corporate agriculture and pro-small-farmer agenda.
Jim Hightower talks about his new book, “Thieves in High Places: They’ve Stolen Our Country and it’s Time to Take it Back”
HIGHTOWER: Rick Perry, back then (currently Texas Governor), was his client, so to speak,
and Perry had been recruited. He was sort of a nothing Texas legislator who had been brought
in — again as an affable fellow without any brain muscle. Perry was essentially sent to
wander around out in West Texas during the campaign so he would be out of the way,
while Rove worked this FBI agent and raised money from the chemical industry
and other corporate interests that opposed me. Rove had George Bush go on
television against me. Then Rove ran a series of television ads that
established a new low in negative advertising.
For example, they showed a long-haired guy setting a flag on fire,
and throwing it on the ground. And then my picture came up out of the fire, and said
“Hightower supports flag burning,” which, of course, I don t. But it doesn t matter,
you know. I had to go around answering: “Why do you support flag burning?”
Rove had another ad of me campaigning with Jesse Jackson, who I supported in 1988
in the Presidential campaign. And Rove ran this ad that essentially was a smear
on Jackson and then tying me to him. The ad so angered the Black Caucus in the State Legislature
that they convened their own press conferences in Houston and Dallas to assail it. But again it was too late.
All this was happening in the last three weeks of the election. So, I mean, that s just who the guy is.
Full disclosure! Just what is your payoff for this constant Perry nonsense????
He’s pro-life, pro-God, pro-guns and his state created 37 percent of the jobs in this country over the past two years. That’s good enough for me (as long as he doesn’t plan on running a Mr. Nice Guy campaign. He’s got to take it right to obama).
You're promoting Jim Hightower?
Nobody likes Jim Hightower, but Jim Hightower.
You must be Jim Hightower.
You’ve nailed the “litmus test” for any GOP candidate -
they have to come out swinging against 0bama like Reagan did against Carter.
Lay it all at his feet. Question his ideology, ask if there is a hair’s breadth difference between 0bama’s ideology and communism.
How exactly is Perry responsible for the new jobs in Texas, which by the way undoubtedly come from a combination of growth through illegal immigration and a favorable state business environment?
When you have time, please read this essay:
“National Review editor Rich Lowry doesn’t seem to care much for Texas Governor Rick Perry. In a recent essay entitled “The Rise of Uncompassionate Conservatism” Lowry admonishes Gov. Perry for “stomping all over [compassionate conservatism] with cowboy boots emblazoned with the words ‘Freedom’ and ‘Liberty.’” Lowry, who considers Gov. Perry the “Republican noncandidate flavor of the week,” aches for the luminous days when George Bush won over “the center as well as the right” with his signature insight into the wonders of compassionate conservatism.
For Lowry, Gov. Perry’s “unadulterated doctrine” only appeals to the “doctrinaire” and simply proves that Perry has “been spending too much time at Federalist Society seminars.” So instead of educating his readers concerning the false dichotomy between being a compassionate conservative and being, well, Rick Perry, Lowry’s commentary only proves that he, like Bush, has swallowed to some extent that most ingenious of all leftist philosophical creations: that “compassion” can most effectively be sold as an organized, planned government thingy......”
You need to update some of your files.
YOU provide a LINK that refutes the poster.
Looks to me like most of the ‘religious right’ leaders quoted in the article are merely supporting a favorite son—and presumably their having an inside edge if he rises to power.
Everyone here is always talking up the great state of Texas and using it as a model. Well, you can’t just discount the fact that Perry has been the governor of that state for three terms.
2nd half of Post #17 meant for “truthfreedom.”
Is the link broken?
I’m not writing the “Big Book of Gardasil Rick”. I’m just providing links to stories that were written and sometimes sections of writing from those links.
Still being stupid I see.
Texas Used Stimulus to Cover 97% of Its Deficit:
And has been for and against every issue, so that makes him a very well rounded rove bot. In my opinion the voters of this country have had enough Texas governors for a long time. Obummer for 5 years more damn.
A vote for Perry is a vote for Mitt Romney.
It’s a big state and they certainly have their share of leeches.
I’m not Hightower. Obviously.
The reason why I put that link in there is that it had a lot of detail on the early 1990 Rove / Perry campaign against Hightower.
My point isn’t really about Hightower, it’s to establish the close link between Rove and Perry.
If I was to really try hard, I’d find the article from 1989 or whenever saying “Perry switches to Republican, Rove promises “forced vaccinations”.” But that article doesn’t technically exist. I really just want to put a satisfactory enough amount of evidence out there that says “oh, for certain, Perry is all about Rove and Rove is all about Perry, because Rove put him in that spot. Any feud rumors are just for show, because everyone hates Rove so much.”
Jenny Granholm did the same thing here.
She filled the hole and started digging again.
This was the kind of campaign I was hoping McCain would run against Obama back in 2008. A kind of Truman-esque ("I don't give them Hell. I just tell the truth about them and they think it's Hell.") type of campaign. If Perry went at the quotable Hightower ("There's nothing in the middle of the road but yellow stripes and dead armadillos.") with this kind of energy, I'd be interested to see what he'd use against Obama who, unlike Hightower, is genuinely corrupt and anti-American. Most of the other candidates are much too genteel for this kind of campaign.
Rove specializes in Fake Conservatives. He attacks tea party conservatives (see Christine).
I don’t support Rove candidates.
Jim Hightower is still alive?
Perry isn’t the worst prospect, but his weakness on the border is a major problem. So-called “evangelical leaders” need to be watched because many of them are pushing amnesty/Dream Act - all for Jesus, of course.
Texas is #3 in terms of taxes paid to DC. It's therefore appropriate that it should be #3 (as it is) in terms of stimulus funds received. Ideally, those tax dollars should have been rebated in the form of Federal tax refunds to Texas taxpayers based on their Federal tax brackets, but that wasn't an option. It's what happens when you are invited to dinner at a restaurant and forced at gunpoint to pay a pro-rated share of the bill whether you want to show up or not. You might as well eat if you're picking up part of the tab anyway.
CNN--Jan 24, 2011: ...."Texas would have balanced its budget regardless of the presence of stimulus dollars," said Lucy Nashed, Perry's deputy press secretary. "This money came from the pockets of Texas taxpayers, and we are committed to getting our fair share of these dollars, which would have otherwise been disbursed to other states."
Unfortunately for Texas, and for most other states in the union, the stimulus safety net has dried up. So they are now facing draconian spending cuts as they try to close yawning budget gaps for fiscal 2012, which starts July 1 in most states.... Money-CNN
****REALLY?????*******SIX MONTHS LATER*******
July 2, 2011 -- Well, the Texas Legislature passed a balanced budget, did not raise taxes, kept a $6 Billion rainy-day fund and has gone home for another 2 years. Rick Perry signed the bills into law and is being considered a possible candidate for the GOP primary.
Only in his own mind.
People here on Free Republic want more Palin threads.
There cannot be too many Palin threads.
1 Perry thread a week is enough.
How about if you Perry posters post a Buddy Roemer thread for every Perry thread.
Update for your enlightenment.
2007: [excerpt] "Perry, in Mexico with a Texan trade mission seeking opportunities in areas like renewable energy, said the federal governments plan to build a wall along much of the border to keep out illegal immigrants was idiocy.
We need those individuals to continue to grow our economy, Perry told a briefing with reporters.
If you show up illegally, without your card or youre here as a criminal element, Im for throwing the book at those folks, but the issue of people who want to legally, thoughtfully and appropriately come to America to work and help us build our economy we should quickly come up with a program and an identification card to do that. [end excerpt] Source
2009: Rick Perry Says Texas Can Learn From Israeli Gov. Rick Perry compared Mexico to the Gaza strip, saying Texas can learn from Israeli security efforts after touring a town that has been hit by Palestinian rockets.
Perry, who has demanded a heightened U.S. troop presence along the Rio Grande, went to Israels border with Gaza earlier with week and was briefed by Israeli Army officials.
2011 --"......When Obama continued to refuse even five minutes for the Governor, Perry took matters into this own hands and was standing on the tarmac at Austins airport when President Obama stepped off of Air Force One. Obama looked confused, Perry looked determined. Obama still ignored the pleas for help.
Perry again took matters into his own hands, and established an elite unit of Texas Rangers to bolster border security..." Source
"Other states leaving Secure Communities (TX expands ICE program]--- "As Texas moves toward expanding Secure Communities, several northern states are dropping out of the program that matches the fingerprints of those arrested against a U.S. [ICE] database.
Last week, before Gov. Rick Perry's announcement that the expansion of Secure Communities would be on the agenda for the Legislature's special session, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick announced his state will not take part in the program...." Source [the TX legislature adjourned from the special election without giving Gov. Perry a bill to sign]
Of this 2000 mile long fence so many want built along our southern border, 1254 miles of it is lies in Texas.
Illegals will dig and tunnel, climb, swim, drive and fly to get to the out of control social services that Perry and other conservatives want to roll back.
Click below to listen to Rick Perry's discussion with Roger Hedgecock on border security and more:
If you want your dog in this fight, then get with it. Standing on the side-lines and name calling doesn't cut it.
Evangelical leaders were all over the map in 08. It didn’t really seem that they wanted a conservative at all in 08.
I really don’t know to what extent certain evangelical leaders have any influence. How is Santorum doing with evangelical leaders?
I really like Palin but she was a half term governor. That is going to be the number one rat attack point. How do you get around that?
I know all about it, which is one of the reasons Perry isn’t at the top of my list.