Rick Perry began his campaign for redemption by stressing his appeal to Iowa’s evangelical Christians.
Perry, an evangelical Christian himself, has often brought his religion into the public sphere, including a full-day prayer rally at a Texas stadium two weeks before entering the presidential race. He launched his campaign, though, with a message of job creation and vigorous attacks on Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.
Yet with just under three weeks to go before the Iowa caucuses and the evangelical vote that buoyed Mike Huckabee’s win here four years ago still up for grabs, Perry kicked off his 14-day, 44-city bus tour with a speech that invoked the importance of “values” nine times in 20 minutes.
“I’m going to Washington D.C. to save this country and put the values back into the White House. Faith, family and freedom. That’s what this election’s really about,” Perry told the crowd of about 70 at the Bayliss Park Hall, to drowning applause.
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