Perry promotes Aug. 6 'Day of Prayer' in new Web video

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) is "inviting you to join your fellow Americans in a day of prayer and fasting" in a new Web video released Monday.

Perry launched a website and accompanying video to promote the National Day of Prayer he's organized for Aug. 6 at Reliant Stadium in Houston.

"As an elected leader, I'm all too aware of government's limitations when it comes to fixing things that are spiritual in nature. That's where prayer comes in," Perry said in the video. "With the economy in trouble, communities in crisis, and people adrift in a sea of moral relativism, we need God’s help. That’s why I’m calling on Americans to pray and fast, like Jesus did, and as God called the Israelites to do in the Book of Joel."

It's hard not to look at Perry's video and Day of Prayer through a political lens, though his office has strongly maintained it's a nonpolitical gathering. While Perry makes no explicit political comment, the message could very well resonate with socially conservative voters who participate in Republican presidential primaries.

The video comes amid indications that Perry has also stepped up his outreach to Republicans in Iowa and New Hampshire as he considers whether to run for president. An adviser to Perry said last week that a decision would be made soon.


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