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He’s signed on to the Susan B. Anthony List’s “Pro-Life Presidential Leadership Pledge,” which guarantees he’ll back U.S. federal bench judges who don’t “legislate from the bench,” appoint pro-life Cabinet officials, end taxpayer funding of abortion and back the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

“I not only pledge to protect unborn life but have a record of doing so in Texas,” says Mr. Perry, who is called a “long-time friend” of the pro-life community by List president Marjorie Dannenfelser.

He’s got company. Reps. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, Thaddeus G. McCotter of Michigan, and Ron Paul of Texas, plus Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich also have signed the pledge. White House hopefuls who have not: Mitt Romney, Herman Cain, Jon Huntsman Jr. and Gary Johnson.

SCIENCE CORNER

Well, all right then. The University of Arizona reveals the average office desk top harbors 100 times more bacteria than a typical kitchen table - and 400 times more than the average toilet seat. No, really. Now new research from the American Dietetic Association finds that 83 percent of Americans eat lunch at their desk. Only 36 percent ever bother to clean the desk surface.

The association’s comment on this: “When it comes to protecting themselves against foodbourne illnesses, many professionals are still ‘out to lunch.’ “

POLL DU JOUR

• 29 percent of Republican voters say they are most likely to support Rick Perry in 2012.

• 40 percent of those over 65, 34 percent of weekly churchgoers, 34 percent of conservatives, 30 percent of men and 28 percent of women agree.

• 17 percent of Republican voters say they likely will support Mitt Romney.

• 16 percent of those over 65, 16 percent of weekly churchgoers, 16 percent of conservatives, 16 percent of men and 19 percent of women agree.

• 13 percent of Republican voters say they’ll likely support Rep. Ron Paul of Texas.

• 4 percent of those over 65, 34 percent of weekly churchgoers, 34 percent of conservatives, 30 percent of men and 28 percent of women agree.

• 10 percent of GOP voters say they likely will support Rep. Michele Bachmann.

• 10 percent of those over 65, 9 percent of weekly churchgoers, 12 percent of conservatives, 10 percent of men and 10 percent of women agree.

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