Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s religious gathering in Houston during the weekend turned out to be a success, especially for Perry who may become a Republican presidential candidate soon. Fears that the event, called “The Response,” would draw an anemic crowd or be too political did not materialize, Chris Cillizza reported in his Washington Post blog The Fix.
The event, which Perry began planning long before considering a presidential run, drew about 30,000 to Reliant Stadium and Perry shied away from politics in his remarks. God’s “agenda is not a political agenda, His agenda is a salvation agenda,” Perry said, adding, “He’s wise enough not to be affiliated with any political party.”
Texas-based GOP consultant Mark McKinnon told the Post that the event was “a pretty bold move for a guy about to throw his hat in the ring,” adding: “There were so many ways the event could have gone wrong . . . it came off pretty smoothly overall.”
The rally showed that Perry can draw a crowd, a trait most of the GOP field envies, he can give a speech and should he run will be recognized as part of the evangelical movement, Cillizza observed.
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