Rick Perry On His Unpopularity In Texas: 'A Prophet Is Generally Not Loved In Their Hometown'


Given a lot of Republican's unhappiness with the current field of candidates for the GOP presidential nomination, as Karoli already pointed out, it looks like Governor "Good-Hair" Rick Perry of Texas is considering throwing his hat in the ring. During his first interview since hinting that he might be willing to run, Fox's Neil Cavuto asked Perry about his unpopularity in his home state.

As Think Progress noted, he got a rather bizarre answer out of him -- Perry: Texans Don’t Like Me Because ‘A Prophet Is…Not Loved In Their Hometown’:

In his first national TV interview since presidential rumors surfaced, Perry answered Fox News’ Neil Cavuto question about why he’s so unpopular in his home state by suggesting he’s a “prophet”:

CAVUTO: You have kind of like the Chris Christie phenomenon: very popular outside your state, still popular but not nearly as popular within your state. There are even Tea Party groups within your state who like you but don’t love you. [...] What do you say?

PERRY: I say that a prophet is generally not loved in their hometown. That’s both Biblical and practical.

As they wrote in their post and as we've been following here at C&L as well, there's a long list of reasons Texas voters might not be too thrilled with Perry.

As the state’s longest serving governor in history, Perry has faced persistently low approval ratings as he’s pushed through a radical right-wing agenda that has left Texas with a record budget deficit, the third highest poverty rate in the country, and the highest percentage of uninsured residents in the country. As Think Progress has documented, Perry has a history of ducking tough questions by invoking religion, and has suggested in the past that he’s just implementing God’s will on Earth through his irresponsible governance. Perry may be answering Republicans’ prayers if he enters the race, but it’s still pretty self-aggrandizing to call himself a prophet.


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