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Gov. Rick Perry: ‘I’ve Made It!’

Off the Cuff

"When I got to go to college, I had made it. When I got to be a pilot in the U.S. Air Force I had really made it. When I was elected by my neighbors to go represent them in the legislature, I had made it. The idea that a kid who grew up in a house that didn’t have running water would someday be the governor of I think arguably the greatest state in the nation… I made it.”

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In an interview with Off The Cuff, Rick Perry (R), the 47th governor of Texas, talked about his unlikely path to the Governor’s Mansion, his daily routine and his hobby -- hunting.Gov. Perry, who ran for President in the last election and dropped out of the race in January 2012, was raised in the farming town of Paint Creek, Texas, where he attended the local Methodist church. He now attends an evangelical church.

“I generally say a prayer - not generally - I do. Every morning I wake up and ask the Lord to give me some good clarity and wisdom as I deal with whatever I’m going to be faced with that day,” he said. The governor’s religious pronouncements – such as his pledge to “end Obama’s war on religion”have stirred controversy in the past.

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The governor exercises daily. He was a runner for more than 20 years, but told Off The Cuff that he now uses a stationary bike at the governor’s residence.

He’s an avid hunter: “I was always a hunter as a young boy. It’s one of the most fantastic times that I get to spend during the year is either sitting out camo’ed up or in a bow blind. It’s pretty magnificent,” he said.

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Gov. Perry supports gun rights, and has been a lifelong member of the National Rifle Association. The NRA endorsed the governor in his 2010 re-election campaign.

In the wake of the schoolroom shootings in Sandy Hook, Conn., the governor cautioned against a “knee-jerk reaction” from the federal government in response to the event.