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Ken Herman on Rick Perry’s presidential ambitions

The governor of Texas, Rick Perry, invited all Americans to come together for a “Christian-themed” day of prayer on Saturday in Houston to ostensibly address our nation’s problems from financial debt to terrorism and natural disasters.

Political analysts say this is one of the many signs pointing to Perry jumping into the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Just a couple of weeks ago, Perry himself talked about a possible run, saying: “Being governor of Texas is a great job, but sometimes you’re called to step into the fray.” Perry has also been meeting with potential donors and party leaders from around the country lately.

Meanwhile, his supporters have launched a “Draft Perry” website as well as political action committees. One has produced a commercial that is currently running in Iowa.

For those of us who don’t live in the Lone Star State and who have had limited exposure to Governor Perry, we thought a primer on the man was in order, and for this, we’ve invited long-time Perry watcher Ken Herman to join us from Austin.  Herman is an editorial writer for the Austin American-Statesman and has covered Perry since the governor was first elected to statewide office in 1984.


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