The Perry Challenge

Photograph by Peter Hapak for TIME

The great portrait photographer Platon often disarms his subjects with this question: What's your favorite Beatles song? When he asked Governor Rick Perry that question recently in Miami, Perry thought about it for a moment and said, "Here Comes the Sun." A few hours later, Mark Halperin and I interviewed the governor, and we asked him to elaborate. Perry told us he graduated from high school in 1968, at the height of the Beatles' popularity. Most people, he said, like "Yesterday" best. "That's a nice enough song," Perry said, but his pick is "a great way to start every day, figuratively...

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