The Lone Star Warrior

After 10 years as governor of Texas, Rick Perry is setting his eyes on the Republican nomination. Is he the candidate the Tea Party has been waiting for?

David J. Phillip / AP

As 30,000 faithful took refuge from triple-digit heat in the air-conditioned safety of Houston's massive Reliant Stadium on Aug. 6, Rick Perry was setting the place on fire. Mixing Bible passages with his own prayerful words, the Texas governor bowed his head, clasped his hands and paused to reflect, riding an almost visible wave of emotion in the crowd. "Father," Perry intoned from the makeshift pulpit, "our heart breaks for America ... We have forgotten who made us, who protects us, who blesses us, and for that, we cry out for your forgiveness."

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