Rick Perry Considers Own Mortality

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At Friday’s final Texas GOP Gubernatorial primary debate, incumbent Gov. Rick Perry, whose name has been floated as a possible presidential candidate in 2012, was asked the standard question of whether he’d promise to finish out his term, if re-re-elected in November. Normally, this is where the candidate issues a bland non-denial, something like “Right now I’m just focusing on fighting for the good people of this state.” Perry’s answer? He can’t make any guarantees because he could just die, and then what, right?

“That’s kind of up to the good Lord from that standpoint. I have no idea what my future holds for me four years down the road. I have a lot of faith in the Lord I hope he’s gonna let me live for four years and if he does I’m gonna serve out my governorship.”

What does Rick Perry know that we don’t?


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