Rick Perry to Iowa Grassroots: 'Here am I, Send Me!'

AMES, IOWA - Dressed all in black, Governor Rick Perry took the podium at the Family Leadership Summit and quoted the book of Isaiah.

“Here am I, send me!” he said.

Those words may have been a subtle reference to his political future, but he made it a central point of his speech, encouraging all social conservatives to stand strong for their beliefs.

“We’ve all been called to perform, we’ve all been called to duty, you’ve been called to make your community, your state, your country better,” he reminded the activists.

Perry reminded them of secular leftists, who would demand that they keep their faith out of the public arena.

“I don’t believe that, I don’t believe that at all,” he said. “I think that you were called to be involved in the public arena,” he said. “We are all called … to stand in the gap and cry ‘Here am I, Send me!’”

Their values were fundamental to the fabric of America, Perry explained, and it was clear that they were under attack.

“I tell you, somebody’s values are going to get legislated - the question is whose values are going to get legislated,” he said.

Perry signaled that he would join them, restoring the nation’s views to that of the Founding Fathers.

“I understand, that you’ve been here since 7:30 this morning,” he said with a smile as he took the stage. “That’s hard core. I like that, that’s the people I’m looking for. The kind that wakes up early, and stays late. Unlike Washington D.C., they’re going on vacation.”


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