Perry Still Unsure about Role in Houston Prayer Rally

Texas Governor Rick Perry says he's still not sure what his role will be in a prayer rally at Reliant Stadium next month.

The Governor was in Houston to sign-off on the so-called "loser pays" bill that passed the legislature this past session.  But most people were more interested in his plans for the August 6th Prayer Rally and his reaction to several lawsuits that have been filed to stop his participation.

"My prayer is that it will....(laughter and applause).  My prayer is that the courts will find that the first amendment is still applicable to Governors no matter what they might be doing and that what we've done in the state of Texas or what we've done in the Governor's office is appropriate and no different than what George Washington or Abraham Lincoln or President Truman or President Obama have done from the standpoint of a national day of prayer."

Perry, who has yet to announce whether he plans to seek the Republican nomination for President, says the prayer rally isn't about him.

"I'm going to be there.  I may be ushering for all I know.  I kind of haven't gotten my marching orders.  My interest is, don't get confused.  This isn't about me.  It's not about the people on the stage either.  This is truly about coming together as a state and lifting up this nation in prayer and having a day of prayer and fasting.  That's all it is."

Several of the groups that have filed lawsuits to stop Perry say he has no business promoting prayer in his official capacity as Governor.

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Edel Howlin

Producer, Houston Matters

Edel is a producer on Houston Matters and reporter for PBS’s Newshour Weekend...