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
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
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