- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he is more Jewish than people might think.

Mr. Perry, who has attended Tarrytown United Methodist Church, an evangelical megachurch, since the 1990s and was baptized in a local river in April, told The New York Times that he has a strong connection to the Jewish community.

“I’m more Jewish than you think I am,” Mr. Perry said in an interview published Tuesday. “I read the part of the Bible that said the Jews are God’s chosen people.”

Mr. Perry reportedly made the comments while visiting a Jewish deli in Beverly Hills, California, during a trip to promote businesses in his home state and to speak with a group of Jewish Republicans in Los Angeles.

The potential 2016 presidential candidate has made several trips to Israel over the years and reportedly said, “Boys, I am going to bless this meal,” after ordering a corned-beef Reuben and a Diet Dr Pepper.

When asked if he would indeed be running for president in 2016, Mr. Perry responded simply, “I dunno.”

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