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SPECIAL REPORT: Anita Perry: Small-Town Nurse to Texas Power

Monday, 17 Oct 2011 04:15 PM

 

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Reuters will shortly be moving a Special Report on Anita Perry, wife of Texas Gov. and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry. Here is a sample of the report.

AUSTIN, Texas - Inside the Texas governor's big, black SUV rides a small-town girl who never expected to be first lady of the state. Anita Perry, the wife of Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry, is still a nurse at heart, reaching out to friends and strangers with warmth and health advice. But the quiet blonde who first dated Perry in high school has blossomed over the years into a formidable partner in his political career.

The governor credits her with pushing him into the race for president, and now Anita Perry's campaign stops in crucial primary states are starting to make headlines. Just recently she described to a South Carolina audience how God spoke to her about persuading her husband to run. Both Perrys are evangelical Christians who have made their faith a centerpiece of the governor's bid for the White House.

During two decades in Austin, the Texas capital, Anita Perry has taken advantage of the opportunities presented by her husband's political rise, traveling worldwide to promote the state and enjoying access to Texas' movers and shakers. The first Texas First Lady in memory to take a paying job, Mrs. Perry left nursing and in Austin took a series of positions intertwined with the policy and politics of state government.

(CAMPAIGN/ANITAPERRY (SPECIAL REPORT, PIX), moving shortly, by Corrie MacLaggan, Peter Henderson and Himanshu Ojha, about 2,600 words)

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