Jul 18, 2011 9:02 PM by Gene Cotton

Texas Gov. Perry tries to downplay 'called' remark

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry is trying to downplay the religious connotations of his comment about feeling "called" to run for president.

Perry, an evangelical Christian, told The Des Moines Register last week that he's "getting more and more comfortable every day that this is what I've been called to do."

Asked about the comment Monday, Perry said there are a lot of different ways to be called. He said his mother may call him for dinner, his friends may call him for something.

Perry says he looks for signs or "good scripture that tells me how to live my life," but that the statement covered all kinds of calls.

The governor, who's hosting a prayer rally Aug. 6 in Houston, says he hasn't yet decided if he'll run for president.




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