Rick Perry: 'I Pray for Obama'
Prays for him to wake up, smell the coffee; will headline prayer rally today
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 6, 2011 8:49 AM CDT
Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks during the 2011 Republican Leadership Conference on June 18, 2011 in New Orleans, La.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – President Obama may have a dented credit rating, lousy approval ratings, and China carping at him, but at least he's got Rick Perry pulling for him—sort of. The Texas governor and possible White House contender tells CBN that he keeps the president in his prayers: "Frankly I pray for the president every day. I pray for his wisdom, I pray that God will open his eyes. I wish this president would turn back the health care law that's been passed, ask that his EPA back down these regulations that are causing businesses to hesitate to spend money."

Perry's interview comes ahead of a prayer rally today, which, by design or not, will put him in front of thousands of Christian conservatives who could be critical should he decide to run for the presidency, reports the AP. The rally—a day of fasting and prayer dubbed "The Response"—will certainly allow him to burnish his Christian bona fides, but it's a tricky line to toe: “Rick Perry has got to decide if he wants to run for president or run to replace Pat Robertson," one expert tells the Washington Post.