Rick Perry: The Christian Candidate

ABC News' Terry Moran goes one-on-one with one of the presidential hopefuls.
6:50 | 12/21/11

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It is one of the most powerful ways for voters to connect with a candidate I shared faith this sense of worshiping the same god and upholding the same values. Texas governor Rick Perry has put his faith center stage in Iowa hoping that the people in the pews. Will become his people of the polls here's my co anchor Terry Moran from Iowa for our series -- contenders. It's -- it is rolling across the Iowa countryside governor Rick Perry's big -- here we are. -- -- us governor. Emblazoned with his latest slogan faith Johnson freedom. Fourteen -- of us to. -- is presented we have done that bus and -- -- Iowa to see how Perry wants a front runner in the presidential race. Is making a last ditch last stand effort to climb back to the top of the field. -- -- -- Good everything's you know we have big crowds. People are excited. I don't think it will make your mind -- yet. That's what he hopes we pray for our nation's leaders large and he hopes his Christian faith combined with a slashing newfound populism. Is what will carry him back into contention you can't. Renewed my faith for me anymore than you can remove that I'm not. Product of a couple of tenant farmers from -- taxes -- who I am Perry is talked a lot about his face as he jumped into the presidential race in August. I declare to you today as a candidate for president of the united. And for a moment he seemed the answer to Republican dreams rocketing to the top of the polls with a double digit lead. Then came -- -- in its three agencies and government when I get there that are gone. Commerce education. And they. What's the third -- -- I can't but there are camp the groups. Again and again Perry just seemed to struggle -- There was it was before he was before. The social programs. From the standpoint of -- he was far. Standing up for Roe vs. Wade before he was against first roe -- way. He sunk like a stone in the polls fall into the back of the pack but now in the last days before the Iowa caucus are. Perry is casting himself as an every man bashing the front runners on the stump. Wall Street -- was the single greatest act of thievery in American history and Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney -- for it that's what insiders -- And also on the airwaves. Romney Wall Street he made millions buying companies and laying off workers. Gingrich case during a lobbyist hangout and Washington. Is it fair to say that that you're argument is that these guys have been corrupted by power I'm not at a point my finger at -- -- -- -- -- mopping your -- say you're corrupt individual -- -- -- -- is. The industries that you've spent your life that is was gotten American trouble. I haven't. An outsider -- this fourteen day bus tour through Iowa 42 towns and cities on the schedule. Perry wants voters to know how different he -- from Romney Gingrich. And President Obama. -- goes back to those values that I alarmed. It lancry. Nobody was gonna bell out of trial and -- form. He grew up poor. Very weren't tiny rural crossroads on on the plains of west Texas no running water in the house -- was six. The one thing the town had plenty of -- Do anything except school. Farm market road. Cross farm market road there was -- Methodist church and -- -- church your choice. 60%. Of Iowa Republican caucus goers in 2008 identified themselves as born again. -- evangelical Christians. And Harry right now was running straight at them with a defiant and controversial. Not ashamed to admit that I'm -- Christian. You don't need to be in the -- every Sunday and know that there's something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in. Military and our kids can't -- -- celebrate Christmas pray in school. Who in this country. Is trying to make you or me or anyone Shane. To be -- well I think there're a number of folks out there who as a matter of fact and in groups and what had that want to push. Religion out of the public arena I mean. If we were around 200 plus years ago when our founding fathers were put -- declaration of independence and the constitution together in the bill writes but the word god. Never appears in the United States constitution there you go back and read. All of the the writings from others George Washington are. There. Of our founding fathers of those individuals were men of faith the vast majority. As a young man Perry served five years in the air force came home to paint creek and had a crisis of faith. -- I discovered was that -- push -- out Ramallah. But he had never left me there was a hole in my heart. Allen happy and I wouldn't be happy until I found. What would fit that hole in the heart. And that was -- Now. His back against the wall Perry is promising to fight the battles many evangelicals want politicians to fight. For prayers in schools against gays in the military and gay marriage. You're running for president of the United States to be president of all the people. Are you concerned that -- running a campaign that denigrate or excludes. Non Christians. Gay veterans. People who won't be. Included are done at all what people do in their private lives is their business but the idea that we have to be forced. To accept something that our faith says is not correct. I would suggest to you is an offensive thing. -- although work force on January 3 flash. But real doubling down on the evangelical vote be enough. He's got a long way to go which -- they have to thin. And one tie with Hillary and I and. But they have to finish top three may be tough for you could go on that's what they say what do you think what we're gonna go on so it you know. Regardless of that we. We finish obviously we intentions to finish first. That's why we got in this thing I know what I'm. President. Pressing on and ruling.

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