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2 of 49 other governors accept invitation to Perry's prayer rally
Beaumont Enterprise ^ | July 16, 2011 | Jeanna Smialek

Posted on 07/16/2011 2:08:47 PM PDT by Clairity

The guest list for Rick Perry's August 6 day of prayer won't include many U.S. governors.

Only two governors, both Republican, plan to join Perry at the event at Houston's Reliant Stadium, which Perry has labeled as a non-denominational, apolitical, Christian prayer meeting. Perry invited all of his fellow U.S. governors to the event.

Just two - Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and Lousiana Gov. Bobby Jindal - have accepted the invitation.

Mark P. Jones, a government professor at Rice University, said he is not surprised by the lukewarm response.

"For a Democrat there is nothing to be gained by attending, and politically its best for them to quietly decline," he said. He added that even for Republicans, being associated with an exclusively Christian prayer event could hurt them among moderate supporters, and attending the event could mar their reputation if a speaker says something scandalous.

But he said he doubts Perry will have trouble filling the venue, which seats 71,500, with religious supporters.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Kansas; US: Louisiana; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: bobbyjindal; elections; governors; kansas; lousiana; perry; prayer; prayerrally; rickperry; sambrownback; texas
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Chickens!

Perry had the courage to initiate this, the rest, -- with the two exceptions -- don't even have the courage to attend.

1 posted on 07/16/2011 2:08:53 PM PDT by Clairity
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To: Clairity

They’ll be praying for rain, and the country.

I can see how those things might be objectionable to some. ;-)


2 posted on 07/16/2011 2:13:22 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: Clairity

“Perry had the courage to initiate this, the rest, — with the two exceptions — don’t even have the courage to attend.”

I don’t know any governors, but I do know most average people would need longer to plan a trip to Texas than the time between now and August 6th. I don’t think this is as much a courage issue as a much has a logistics issue. Also, this event benefits Perry, but not necessarily the other attendees. Politicians like to be center stage, not stage right. Were I concerned, I’d still be willing to grant some latitude to those who turned down the offer. Do we know how many sent Lt. Governors or other officials?


3 posted on 07/16/2011 2:21:05 PM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: Clairity
He added that even for Republicans, being associated with an exclusively Christian prayer event could hurt them among moderate supporters, and attending the event could mar their reputation if a speaker says something scandalous.

Moderate--code word for left leaning RINOs. That's all it is.

4 posted on 07/16/2011 2:21:05 PM PDT by He Rides A White Horse ((((unite))))
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To: Clairity

Our previous Governor here in the mitten spent a crazy amount of taxpayer money on traveling. I have no problem with our current Governor staying within state lines. We can pray here at home, you know.


5 posted on 07/16/2011 2:21:35 PM PDT by grellis (I am Jill's overwhelming sense of disgust.)
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To: grellis

There is a little more to the story than meets the eye. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2748109/posts


6 posted on 07/16/2011 2:26:07 PM PDT by He Rides A White Horse ((((unite))))
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To: Gen.Blather

“I don’t think this is as much a courage issue as a much has a logistics issue. “

Be serious — we are talking about governors, not people who have to give two months notice to their bosses to take a week vacation.

Let’s not show Republican unity, it would be too shocking for people. (/sarc)

Perry is the President of the Republican Governors Association.


7 posted on 07/16/2011 2:28:32 PM PDT by Clairity ("The United States needs to be not so much loved as it needs to be respected." -- VP Dick Cheney)
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To: He Rides A White Horse

As I said, it’s about courage, which most Republicans don’t seem to have.


8 posted on 07/16/2011 2:29:54 PM PDT by Clairity ("The United States needs to be not so much loved as it needs to be respected." -- VP Dick Cheney)
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Just two - Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and Lousiana Gov. Bobby Jindal - have accepted the invitation.

That's a 100% increase, as yesterday I'd read only Brownback had RSVP his acceptance.

9 posted on 07/16/2011 2:30:16 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Clairity

But he said he doubts Perry will have trouble filling the venue, which seats 71,500, with religious supporters.


Not sure where this guy is getting his info but that isn’t the plans as I read them. Instead they are preparing for around 10,000 with the ability to expand the seating configuration if needed.

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More than 6,000 people have registered on its website, TheReponseUSA.com, http://theresponseusa.com/ ,and organizers expect another rush after they announce the lineup for the seven-hour-long event, said Eric Bearse, spokesman for The Response. Reliant Stadium will be configured to hold 10,000, but seating can be adjusted if more people RSVP.

The endorsers:
http://theresponseusa.com/endorsers.php


10 posted on 07/16/2011 2:30:21 PM PDT by deport
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To: Clairity

I’m all for prayer.

A public prayer meeting for the political benefit of a politician who is soft on the practice of killing babies, and who thinks it’s okay to support pro-abortion, pro-homosexual politicians like Rudy Giuliani? Not so much.


11 posted on 07/16/2011 2:30:35 PM PDT by EternalVigilance ('Raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure.' -- Sen. Barack Obama, 2006)
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To: Clairity

Besides, you have to be crazy to go to Houston the first week in August!


12 posted on 07/16/2011 2:31:23 PM PDT by EternalVigilance ('Raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure.' -- Sen. Barack Obama, 2006)
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To: Gen.Blather

This event has been set for well over a month, maybe longer.


13 posted on 07/16/2011 2:31:52 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: EternalVigilance

Evangelicals Urge Rick Perry To Enter 2012 Race

http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/dpps/news/evangelicals-urge-rick-perry-to-enter-2012-race-dpgonc-km-20110716_14155777

“While the religious leaders have not explicitly endorsed Perry, some concluded that he is the most electable Republican among those who share their priorities and even conveyed their wishes to the governor by phone and in meetings over recent weeks.

“What everyone is looking for is somebody who is right on the issues but also has the highest chance possible to beat Obama,” according to Gary Bauer, a Reagan White House aide and former presidential candidate himself.

The religious leaders nudging Perry to run include some formidable figures in conservative political circles: Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, a conservative Christian group in Washington; Southern Baptist Convention official Richard Land; and evangelical historian David Barton.”


14 posted on 07/16/2011 2:33:26 PM PDT by Clairity ("The United States needs to be not so much loved as it needs to be respected." -- VP Dick Cheney)
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To: He Rides A White Horse

I would think that THIS is the real issue:
“Everyone therefore who shall confess Me before men, I will also confess him before MY Father who is in heaven. “But whoever shall deny Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.” (Matt 10:32,33)


15 posted on 07/16/2011 2:33:38 PM PDT by princess leah
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To: Clairity

Did Slick Rick’s invite his crony, whom he supported for the Presidency in the last election, pro-abortion Rudy Giuiani? Did 3x-married, make-believe transvestite Rudy, agree to attend?


16 posted on 07/16/2011 2:33:46 PM PDT by hellbender
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To: Clairity

Shameful.


17 posted on 07/16/2011 2:37:16 PM PDT by EternalVigilance ('Raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure.' -- Sen. Barack Obama, 2006)
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To: EternalVigilance

I’m all for prayer.


Then who are you to tell them not to come to prayer?


18 posted on 07/16/2011 2:42:47 PM PDT by deport
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To: Clairity

I just emailed Governor Nathan Deal of Georgia urging him to attend. This country certainly needs prayer.


19 posted on 07/16/2011 2:43:35 PM PDT by Millie
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To: Clairity
As I said, it’s about courage, which most Republicans don’t seem to have.

No argument here.

20 posted on 07/16/2011 2:44:25 PM PDT by He Rides A White Horse ((((unite))))
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To: deport

They can do whatever they want.


21 posted on 07/16/2011 2:45:47 PM PDT by EternalVigilance ('Raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure.' -- Sen. Barack Obama, 2006)
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To: princess leah
I would think that THIS is the real issue: “Everyone therefore who shall confess Me before men, I will also confess him before MY Father who is in heaven. “But whoever shall deny Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.”

I read you loud and clear....and get the point.

22 posted on 07/16/2011 2:47:02 PM PDT by He Rides A White Horse ((((unite))))
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To: EternalVigilance

They can do whatever they want.


I expect they will.


23 posted on 07/16/2011 2:47:47 PM PDT by deport
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To: Clairity

This is so small a showing from rock ribbed Republicans that I too think these folks are largely too busied out to stop for this. BTW, I wonder if Sarah Palin, even though not a governor now, is showing.


24 posted on 07/16/2011 2:49:08 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: hellbender

Do you plan on attending?


25 posted on 07/16/2011 2:50:43 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: princess leah
being associated with an exclusively Christian prayer event could hurt them among moderate supporters

Just to reiterate, "Moderate". What is a moderate Republican?. Pro-abortion, gun control types? Other Democrat platform beliefs as well? That's my guess. I don't believe we need that kind of 'support'.

26 posted on 07/16/2011 2:51:36 PM PDT by He Rides A White Horse ((((unite))))
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To: Clairity

“It is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favors.” ....President George Washington


27 posted on 07/16/2011 3:01:28 PM PDT by tflabo ( to have been selected)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Do you plan on attending?

No. I will leave the public grandstand praying to phonies like your hero Slick Rick Perry. Jesus taught us to pray in private.

If this country is to be saved, it will be by a rebel (like Palin, Bachmann, or Cain), not by a hack career politician who showed his true colors by supporting Al Gore, Rudy Giuliani, and John McCain. No genuine "pro-life social conservative" would ever have made those choices. Your man is either a fake, or someone who is a fatally defective judge of character.

28 posted on 07/16/2011 3:12:50 PM PDT by hellbender
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To: hellbender

algore AND john mccain? yikes....double whammy.....I’ll give him a pass on Rudy as Rudy came before mccain on my preferred list.


29 posted on 07/16/2011 3:14:35 PM PDT by tioga
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To: Clairity

In before the Perry-hate thread-spammers...


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31 posted on 07/16/2011 3:19:56 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's easy! Use FR as a platform to pimp your blog for hits!!!)
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To: tioga
The Perry fanatics are now going to come in and say that Algore was a "conservative Democrat" at the time. BS. Al Gore is a transparently sociopathic career politician, the scion of a dynasty supported by Stalinist fellow-traveler Armand Hammer. Any one who could not have assessed Al Gore as a phony cannot be trusted with any responsibility. And no one who supported Rudy Giuliani, who is simply an old-style Demonrat in drag, has any claim to call himself a "conservative."

Rick Perry also panders to La Raza, and is a globalist weak on border security. It's time conservatives quit falling for his shtick.

32 posted on 07/16/2011 3:20:04 PM PDT by hellbender
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To: Clairity

Good for Jindal and Brownback!


33 posted on 07/16/2011 3:24:02 PM PDT by LA Woman3
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To: Clairity

I’m all for prayer, public and private, and our political leaders need to do a lot of it.

That being said Rick Perry’s been dancing around the country for the last month practically begging people to ask him to run for President.

This stinks.


34 posted on 07/16/2011 3:25:57 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: hellbender

Sorry, the truth hurts you when you are trying to dissemble. Algore was pro-life and Rick Perry was a typical Texas Democrat back in the day (which wasn’t Leftist) when he supported algore. Gore was considered too conservative and too southern by those against whom he ran for President that year, and by the MSM.

Algore learned his lesson, that if you wanted to get beyond the voters of Tennessee in your political career, you had better move decidedly to the Left, which he did AFTER Perry supported him. These are just facts. You can run around later and claim that anybody could tell that algore was a phony. You are saying that after he moved way Left. That’s what proved his phoniness.

Does he come across to me as a phony?

Does now, but he didn’t always, but he did come across to me as a bit odd.


35 posted on 07/16/2011 3:34:38 PM PDT by txrangerette ("...HOLD TO THE TRUTH; SPEAK WITHOUT FEAR." - Glenn Beck)
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To: hellbender

OH, I agree.........although I am partial to Rudy for cleaning up NYCity after Dinkins.


36 posted on 07/16/2011 3:36:54 PM PDT by tioga
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To: He Rides A White Horse
There is a little more to the story than meets the eye.

Look at it from whatever angle you like. I'm not displeased with my Governor for not attending.

37 posted on 07/16/2011 6:18:49 PM PDT by grellis (I am Jill's overwhelming sense of disgust.)
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To: grellis
Easy there. I felt that the lawsuit to stop it outright was an important aspect of the story. It is.

This "separation of church and state" is one of the biggest frauds perpetuated on Americans today. It's been twisted and distorted. That doesn't bother you?

38 posted on 07/16/2011 6:28:50 PM PDT by He Rides A White Horse ((((unite))))
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To: txrangerette
Algore spent his time at Harvard smoking dope and goofing off. He flunked out of law school and signed up for divinity school to shorten his military obligation. He's a worthless punk son of a worthless career political dynasty financed by commie Armand Hammer. Anyone with a brain could see that. He was never a "conservative" Democrat, any more than LBJ was a conservative.

A major part of a President's duty is appointing people. If Slick Rick is so dumb that he thinks Algore, Rudy, and McCain are worthy of support, then he does not deserve to be President.

39 posted on 07/16/2011 6:28:50 PM PDT by hellbender
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Algore spent his time at Harvard smoking dope and goofing off. He flunked out of law school and signed up for divinity school to shorten his military obligation. He's a worthless punk son of a worthless career political dynasty financed by commie Armand Hammer.

Algore in a nutshell.

You should poost it to Wikipedia...

40 posted on 07/16/2011 6:33:38 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: He Rides A White Horse

What bothers me is that Governors apparently lack courage in choosing not to attend, according to some. Michigan’s economy has been circling the drain for several YEARS longer than the other 49. Last election we were given a choice between a fiscally savvy businessman and a socialist career politician. I didn’t vote for Governor Snyder because I think he is a man of faith, I voted for him because my beloved state is in desperate need of a leader who will deal with our full plate. Courage has nothing to do with it, as far as I’m concerned.


41 posted on 07/16/2011 6:37:28 PM PDT by grellis (I am Jill's overwhelming sense of disgust.)
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Rick Perry was a typical Texas Democrat back in the day (which wasn’t Leftist) when he supported algore.

It's a mistake to think that a "typical Texas Democrat" was conservative. White trash and other backward elements in TX enthusiastically supported New Dealers like Ralph Yarborough and LBJ (who was falsely perceived as being to the right of JFK, for some reason), until oil wealth, immigration, and education brought prosperity to TX. Just because Rick Perry affects the mannerisms of a hick doesn't mean he is deeply conservative. TX is very sophisticated politically.

And remember that Slick Rick went all through the Reagan years, the glorious heyday of conservatism, as a happy member of the corrupt, kleptocratic, welfarist, socialist, Demonrat Party. He only changed in order to enhance his political future.

42 posted on 07/16/2011 6:37:50 PM PDT by hellbender
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To: okie01
The key thing is that Slick Rick Perry, now being promoted as a deeply committed conservative, backed Algore.

There are only two choices: Either Perry saw Algore as someone like himself--a shape-changing poseur of a career politician--or Perry is a dope who can't reliably judge human character (a catastrophic failing in a leader). The same thing applies to Perry's support of Rudy Giuliani and John McCain.

43 posted on 07/16/2011 6:41:45 PM PDT by hellbender
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To: hellbender

When did Algore go to Harvard?


44 posted on 07/16/2011 6:46:54 PM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: grellis
I think we're considering two different things. Which is fine of course.

As I stated, what concerns me is our mangled Bill of Rights. I'm sick of the ACLU and the rest of the left twisting things in such a grotesque manner.

This article may mean something to you, and something else to me. Happens often.

45 posted on 07/16/2011 6:47:38 PM PDT by He Rides A White Horse ((((unite))))
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To: hellbender

When did Algore go to Harvard?


46 posted on 07/16/2011 6:50:43 PM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: lonestar

When did Algore go to Harvard?


1965 - 1969


47 posted on 07/16/2011 7:01:22 PM PDT by deport
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Gore enrolled in Harvard University in 1965, initially planning to major in English and write novels, but later deciding to major in government.[21][22] On his second day on campus, he began campaigning for the freshman student government council, and was elected its president.[22] Though he was an avid reader who fell in love with scientific and mathematical theories,[22] he did not do well in science classes in college, and avoided taking math.[21] His grades during his first two years put him in the lower one-fifth of the class. During his sophomore year, he reportedly spent much of his time watching television, shooting pool, and occasionally smoking marijuana.

This is the man Slick Rick Perry considered the most qualified to be POTUS. Perry was Gore's campaign manager in Texas. Perry was a middle-aged man at the time, so this can't be dismissed as some kind of youthful indiscretion.

48 posted on 07/16/2011 7:03:51 PM PDT by hellbender
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To: hellbender

This is the man Slick Rick Perry considered the most qualified to be POTUS.


Gore may well have been based upon the other opponents he faced in the democratic primary.


49 posted on 07/16/2011 7:14:45 PM PDT by deport
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To: hellbender

Thanks...I googled it. I didn’t know if he got into Harvard Law School.


50 posted on 07/16/2011 7:18:00 PM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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