The Week in Quotes (July 24 – 30)

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Here are some of the week’s most notable quotes culled from news reports from across Texas, and beyond.

Former New Mexico governor and candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination Gary Johnson, discussing a potential rival for the GOP nod, Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Have you ever heard Rick Perry talk? I thought when I listened to him talk, I thought he was doing a parody of George Bush. And I was looking around to see if anyone else saw the humor in that. And it wasn’t. It was just the way that he talked.

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Bill Miller, a lobbyist and consultant, on Gov. Rick Perry enjoying a sort of honeymoon period as long as he remains a rumored presidential candidate as opposed to an officially announced candidate.

Any time people are telling you that you’re the salvation of the country … it’s the high water mark.

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Gov. Rick Perry, defending New York’s legalization of same-sex marriage during a speech that has drawn criticism from social conservatives.

That is their call. If you believe in the 10th Amendment, stay out of their business.

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Former Senator and candidate for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination Rick Santorum, in a Twitter post challenging Gov. Rick Perry for his comments that New York’s legalization of same-sex marriage was “fine with me.”

So Gov Perry, if a state wanted to allow polygamy or if they chose to deny heterosexuals the right to marry, would that be OK too?

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Shaun Casey, a professor of Christian ethics at Wesley Theological Seminary, warning that Gov. Rick Perry’s public courting of the religious right could help him win the Republican presidential nomination and also hurt him in the general election.

Perry is a cheaper imitation of George Bush … and I think Perry has really studied Bush. But Bush’s brilliance with the religious right was that he did everything behind closed doors. There were no photo-ops, there were no press releases saying I met reverend so and so today. Bush did everything through intermediaries, and so there was no public trail of him reaching out to the religious right. The irony is that here comes along Perry, the dollar-general-store version of Bush, and here he is meeting with these people in public and you start looking at the line up of the people he’s cozying up to in public and all he is doing is setting himself up for trouble later on if by some miracle he actually wins the nomination … Some of these guys are really beyond the fringe — folks who George Bush would have never been caught dead with within a hundred miles of.

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Gov. Rick Perry, saying he still doesn’t know what his role will be at The Response, an all-day prayer rally scheduled for Aug. 6 that he initiated.

I’m going to be there; I may be ushering, for all I know.

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Gov. Rick Perry, attempting to distance himself from his own comments in defense of New York’s recent decision to legalize same-sex marriage.

I probably needed to add a few words after that ‘it’s fine with me,’ and that it’s fine with me that a state is using their sovereign rights to decide an issue. Obviously, gay marriage is not fine with me. My stance hasn’t changed.

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2 Responses to “The Week in Quotes (July 24 – 30)”

  1. Charles Says:

    So, why is TFN suddenly focused so much on Rick Perry. I expected a sea change in policy emphasis after the science curriculum fight was won, but I did not think that change would be to Rick Perry. Are you guys planning on giving up you tax exempt status to go political? Not meaning any harm and loving you all the way, it even looks to me as if you are going political. I have to wonder if they are already calling out the tax collectors and lawyers over in Perry’s office?

  2. Rocket Mike Says:

    Charles,
    I think TFN is just bringing in background to explain why Rev. Ricky keeps appointing biblical literalist zealots (BLZ) to chair the Texas State Board of Education. It appears to me that he is pandering to the BLZ bubbas of Texas. That said, the final decision on the corrections to the on-line materials has been passed to the TEA whose director is appointed by Rev. Ricky. I don’t have any knowlege of their exact motivations, but if it were me, I would make it known that any religiously motivated tampering with the texts will not go unchallenged.

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