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Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced Thursday he was suspending his presidential campaign and endorsing former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. The announcement came more than two weeks after Perry finished a distant fifth place in the Iowa caucuses and months after he fell dramatically in Republican presidential polls. Perry started the campaign with the […] Read More

At an influential gathering of conservative Christian activists, a prominent Southern Baptist pastor endorsed Texas Gov. Rick Perry for president and then attacked the religious beliefs of one of Perry’s main Republican opponents. Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas, called Mormonism “a cult” and said former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who is […] Read More

(RNS) From media mavens to grassroots activists, conservative Christian leaders are heaping praise on presidential candidate Rick Perry, an early but important show of support from a vital GOP constituency. Initially unimpressed with the 2012 presidential field, some of these evangelicals now herald Perry’s late entry as the second coming of Ronald Reagan. Like Reagan, […] Read More

As Rick Perry jumps to the front of the Republican presidential polls, he continues to meet with and speak to conservative evangelical groups as a key campaign strategy. The Texas governor, who officially entered the race last month after months of strategizing, spoke this week to Liberty University and met with a group of Southern […] Read More

As the Iowa Straw Poll came to life Saturday morning, a man wearing an NRA T-shirt and driving a golf cart for Michele Bachmann’s campaign plowed into a group of people. Before day’s end, Bachmann’s campaign similarly rode to victory in the first test of campaign organization. Her success came in large part because of […] Read More

Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s prayer rally drew tens of thousands of participants and dozens of conservative Christian leaders to Houston on Saturday. Dubbed “The Response,” the event adds speculation that Perry will soon launch a presidential run. Perry, who once worked as a door-to-door Bible salesman, wove several Bible verses and prayer into his 13-minute […] Read More

As Rick Perry’s prayer rally kicks off in Houston’s Reliant Stadium tomorrow, Perry continues to consider whether he is being “called” to run for president. The Republican Texas governor’s presidential considerations have added to questions about the intention of his prayer rally and his recent meeting with a group of conservative Christian leaders. Earlier this […] Read More

Judging politicians by their preachers is a great temptation to which many succumb, adding more poison to the public square in at least two ways. First, it fosters the false fear that dogmatic preachers have undue influence over politicians – when they really don’t. Even the worst politicians are not religiously robotic. They compromise doctrine […] Read More

As nearly 80 conservative Christian leaders met two weeks ago in Texas to plan spiritual and political change, they started their two-day summit by hearing from potential presidential candidate and Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Additionally, despite protestations by some participants that the gathering was purely spiritual and that presidential candidates were not discussed, many political […] Read More