Perry speaks about his faith and failings
In the 20-minute speech described as “perhaps his most reflective and personal,” the Texas governor made no mention of the biggest issue thus far in the 2012 presidential race – jobs – or his views on President Barack Obama, The Washington Post reported.
“Instead, the evangelical Christian governor spoke the language of the movement with ease,” the newspaper said.
Perry talked about his life in deeply spiritual terms and cast his political aspirations as destiny, the Post reported.
“He who knows the number of drops in the ocean, he counts the sands in the desert, he knows you by name… He doesn’t require perfect people to execute his plan,” Perry said in the speech to an estimated 13,000 students and faculty at the Virginia university founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell.
The Texas governor also talked about his failings, saying he did not pursue his early dream job of becoming a veterinarian because he flunked organic chemistry. Click here to see Perry’s speech.
Perry, a favorite of the conservative Tea Party, has made his faith a large part of his public image.
A week before joining the race for the Republican presidential nomination, Perry prayed for America at a huge religious rally in Houston — where he also urged the crowd to pray for Obama and other U.S. leaders. The governor, who launched the prayer rally, brushed off criticism that he was mixing politics and religion.
Photo Credit: REUTERS/Alex Gallardo (Perry at rally in Newport Beach, California)