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a good way to keep perspective.” The actor’s other passion project is The Way (out now), a drama he

wrote and directed starring his father, Martin Sheen. “It’s a movie you can take your parents to,”

“In the middle of the next big crisis, I’m cutting my hair. Believe me, we won’t be reading about what war is going on.” —Hillary Clinton, who turns 64 today, oday, on coverage of her coif

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You live in New York, but you’re from Baltimore. Are you a big Ravens football fan? I’m fanatical. I go I LIKE TO home for a lot of FANCY MYSELF games, especially A ROMANTIC if I don’t have an EVERY NOW early call on MonAND THEN, LIKE day. A few years WILL. I MEAN, back, I got to do WHY NOT?” sideline reporting for a Baltimore radio station, and that was heaven. I thought, “I could quit acting and an just do that.”

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Any g game-day rituals? ritu I have h a whole system in place: sys I lay out all of my Ravens gear—my hats, my helmets, my Snuggie. I actually have a full uniform that the team sent me for a bit I did on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. And I put my Ed Reed bobblehead on the credenza in front of the TV. If you come over to watch the game, you have to pat his head. Besides sports, how do you unwind on Sundays? The first thing I do is make a nice cup of coffee and put on some music, maybe classical. Then it just depends on the time of year. If the weather’s nice, I like to be outside exercising, but when it’s colder, I’m a real homebody and I catch up on my reading. Your girlfriend is an artist, and you sat for one of her paintings. Do you paint as well? I don’t, and I guess I’m not a good subject, either. She said I kept moving.

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to salsa, and when I lived in California, I would go to a place called El Floridita a lot to dance. I’m not particularly good, but I aspire to be. It’s a lot of fun, and I love that kind of music.

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My answer was correct. To convince doubting readers, I have, in fact, rolled a die 20 times and noted the result, digit by digit. It was either: (a) 11111111111111111111; or (b) 63335643331622221214. Do you still believe that the two series are equally likely to be what I rolled? Probably not! One of them is handwritten on a slip of paper in front of me, and I’m sure readers know that (b) was the result. The same goes for the first scenario: A person rolled a die out of my view and then informed me the result was one of these series: (a) 11111111111111111111; or (b) 66234441536125563152. It was far more likely to be (b), a jumble of numbers.


I’m a math instructor and I think you’re wrong about this question: “Say you plan to roll a die 20 times. Which result is more likely: (a) 11111111111111111111; or (b) 66234441536125563152?” You said they’re equally likely because both specify the number for each of the 20 tosses. I agree so far. However, you added, “But let’s say you rolled a die out of my view and then said the results were one of those series. Which is more likely? It’s (b) because the roll has already occurred. It was far more likely to have been that mix than a series of ones.” I disagree. Each of the results is equally likely— or unlikely. This is true even if you are not looking at the result. —George Alland, Woodbury, Minn.

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From Eisenhower to Obama, McGovern to McCain, PARADE has a long history of covering American presidential candidates. Now, with the campaign season kicking into high gear, we’ll be introducing readers to this year’s contenders. First up: the straight-talking Texas governor.

Rick Perry Hates to Lose But Can He Win Over America? BY LYNN SHERR • Cover and opening photograph BY BEN BAKER


truth, and I have a record to back it up. through a decade since he entered the race to be the GOP presidential nominee on Ultimately, if I can explain my heart, my jobs Aug. 13. At first he was heralded as the great right hope of the Republican Party, but after missteps record, and my philosophy to Americans, I’m in debates, the hunting lodge incident, and comments on hot-button issues—immigration, pretty confident that I’ll win. Social Security—he faltered in the polls. Perry is undeterred—the American people, he Let’s talk about immigration. You Perry in a Word “AGGRESSIVE. says, need his blend of straight talk, job-creation savvy, and hand-on-the-heart patriotism. signed a law allowing some chilHe’s not afraid to use Perry, 61, grew up on a cotton farm in the West Texas town of Paint Creek. He was an dren of undocumented immiall the tools at his disposal Eagle Scout, a prankster, and a charmer who was dubbed “Most Popular” in high school. grants to pay in-state tuition at to get what he wants.” At Texas A&M, he was elected one of five elite “yell leaders,” students who fire up the public colleges and universities. —Jason Embry, a writer at the Austin Americancrowds at campus events and lead them in cheers. He served in the air force for four and What did you hope to accomplish? Statesman who’s a half years and farmed for seven before he ran for state representative in 1984 and won. The reason we have to deal covered Perry for After that, he was agriculture commissioner and then lieutenant governor, ascending to with these issues in the first seven years the governorship in 2000 after George W. Bush resigned to become president. Today Perry place is because of the total disis the longest continuously serving governor in the U.S. But above all, he remains a family man regard by the federal government of and says his best friends are wife Anita; son Griffin, 28, who was employed by Deutsche Bank until its duty to secure the border. After you realrecently; and daughter Sydney, 25, who works in marketing. Perry took a break from a hectic campaign ize that, ask, “How should each state in their schedule last month to sit down with PARADE contributing writer Lynn Sherr in New York. sovereign right decide what to do?” In Texas, we said in 2001 that anyone who’s lived here for three years, who is doing their schoolLYNN SHERR: So tell us, what happened to you in host of issues. I readily admit I’m not the work and qualifies to go to a public univerthe early debates? slickest politician nor the smoothest debater. sity, and who is pursuing citizenship can pay RICK PERRY: A debate is an eight-ring circus, Your critics say you’re not electable. Your response? an in-state tuition. Our legislature decided and you have a minute to talk. Sometimes Well, I disregard that. Americans are looking overwhelmingly that these individuals get it can be hard to explain your position on a for somebody to stand up and tell them the educated and enter the workforce, rather

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to the attention of the American people that we have a president who, due to his wavering, muddled policy, has brought us to the point where the Palestinians feel comfortable going directly to the U.N. to ask for recognition.


Who Is Anita Perry?

Having a strong economy so that w have the economic ability to we have an impactful foreign policy. TOP GUN Perry was elected to the prestigious position of “yell leader” at Texas A&M (left, in 1971); the former We must be able to keep up with our research and air force pilot visits the Texas National Guard in 1999. development capabilities in the military. And our very important foreign policy position must be that than kick them to the curb, so to speak. But this is a our friends know we’ll be there for them, whether state-by-state issue, and I respect those that disit’s Israel in the Middle East or Japan, South Korea, agree with me. Taiwan, or India in the sphere of influPerry in a Word Governor Romney has accused you of ence where China is located. flip-flopping on Social Security. You denounced it as a Ponzi scheme but recently you’ve said, “Everybody who is getting benefits now will be protected.”

I’ve called it what it is. I think, for young and mid-career people, it is a Ponzi scheme.


Growing up, we were taught, ‘Whatever’s coming out of your mouth should be what’s going on in your heart.’ ” —Jim Mickler, a fellow Boy Scout from Paint Creek

So which readers do you think should start figuring out other ways to cover their retirement?

I think 45-to-50-year-olds realize that if we don’t fix the way it’s structured, they’ve got a pretty good idea their chance to have a retirement funded by Social Security will be limited. You blasted President Obama’s policy toward Israel on the same day he was addressing the U.N., and you took some flak for it. Why did you do it?

The president has been sending mixed messages for over two years to Israel, our oldest ally in democracy in the Middle East. I have no regrets about bringing

Let’s switch topics. Governor, you’re a very successful fund-raiser. But it’s been reported that nearly half of the major donors during your governorship ended up receiving business contracts, political appointments, or tax breaks. The word that’s been applied to you is “cronyism.” How do you respond?

That’s the same old, tired criticism which comes when people don’t want to talk about the real issues, like how do we create jobs. But is there any truth to it?

No. Decisions in Texas are generally legislative, with the lieutenant governor, speaker, and governor making them together. There were no unilateral decisions from my office dealing with those issues. And I’ll go back to my record. I’ve been elected three times as governor. The people obviously have confidence in me. Americans will be reading this story in PARADE on a Sunday. What’s a typical Sunday for you continued on page 16

Talk about meeting cute: Anita Thigpen first saw Rick Perry at a piano recital in Haskell, Tex., when she was 6 and he was 8. They began dating in high school and wed in 1982. Known as private and shy, the candidate’s wife could be his best spokesperson. Perry, 59, is in fact a warm, chatty woman brimming with Texas charm who finishes her interview by inviting the writer out for a beer. A former nurse, she has begun traveling the U.S. to campaign for her husband. In this rare one-on-one, Perry opens up about the man she calls “Ricky.”

LYNN SHERR: Let’s start with an easy question. How would you describe your husband?


What Perry Must Do Now


wants to nab the GOP nomination, he might adopt a political version of the Serenity Prayer: “Keep what you should, change what you must, and have the wisdom to know the difference.” He should continue to focus on his strengths: Texas’s job growth, his early grasp of the Tea Party’s importance, and his

status as the party’s alpha male. But he should also make three key changes: One, he must hit the books. In some debates, Perry has seemed adrift. He needs to quickly develop coherent arguments on domestic and foreign policy. Two, Perry must fire up his conservative base while still wooing skittish moderates. The best candidates,

like Ronald Reagan, were able to advance their beliefs without alienating those who disagree. Three, he must prepare for even tougher scrutiny. If there are other skeletons like the hunting lodge in his past, he needs to confront them—and do a better job of explaining them. —CNN political analyst and PARADE contributing writer David Gergen


What are the three most important foreign policy issues facing the U.S. today?

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ANITA PERRY: I think he’s

the most handsome man. And he’s creative, smart, kind, thoughtful. … What’s your pet name for him?

Ricky. He calls me Nita. Your husband says you urged him to enter the race. Why?

My daddy was a family practice doctor, and in the 1970s after Medicare began, I remember him telling me, as wise as he was, “We’re moving towards socialized medicine. The first time you take a dollar from the federal government, they’ll start trying to control your life.” I became a nurse, and I’ve seen government take away more and more of our freedom to choose the care we want and the drugs we want.

Perry in a Word


But that’s only been a problem when I got kitchen scissors for Christmas or a lawn mower for Mother’s Day one year.” —Anita Perry, wife

When did you first talk to your husband about running?

I started thinking about it last November after his reelection. Then in June a friend sent me a magazine article; it was about Obamacare. I read it and thought, “I don’t want more of the same.” One day Rick and I were talking and I said, “I am so concerned with our children’s future and their children’s future and what will happen to them. We’ve given so many years to public service, and we need to make a difference.” I didn’t want us to wake up when we were 80 and regret we didn’t do this. Our country is in danger, in my opinion. He’s taken a lot of heat over his 2007 executive order mandating that sixth-grade girls get

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the HPV vaccine unless their parents opted out. [It was overturned by the state legislature.] What role did you play in his decision?

I didn’t know anything about it. What was your reaction when you heard about it?

I wish he’d talked to me first. Was it the wrong decision?

No, but I thought he handled it the wrong way. I’ve been cochair for the March of Dimes immunization program, and I’m pro-immunization. I would have supported the vaccine. I do not see it as an opening for sexual promiscuity in any way. I see it as another immunization. Do you think your husband’s taking some unfair hits?


Perry with children Sydney and Griffin in 1989.

It’s hard to say. I’m a health care professional. I love our military. But we’ve got a lot of work to do before we make it to the White House.

Yes, he’s said he made a You’ve said your husband mistake. He just wants prays every night and to get rid of cancer in Perry in a Word morning. our lifetime. I don’t “EBULLIENT. Yes. He always know how many He takes the bull by the asks for wisdom other men would horns. I’d never count for our president. admit, “I made a him out. This is a guy who What about you? mistake.” surprises people.” —Kinky I pray that God Presidential Friedman, author-musician will send his campaigns usually and Perry opponent in the angels to protect 2006 governor’s get very ugly. Can my children. race you handle it?

If he is elected president next year, what issues or causes will you take up as first lady? WHO IS ANITA PERRY’S FAVORITE FIRST LADY?

And what does she think of Michelle Obama? Read the full interview at

Is it hard for you to go out and make campaign speeches?

It’s not hard. I’ve had lots of years to do it, and I’ve become comfortable in that role. I love meeting people—goodness gracious, that’s the best part. When your husband gives speeches, do you ever find yourself wanting to put words in his mouth?

No, because he always says the right thing. Always?

Well, most of the time. Whether he says it in a way that you or I want to hear … Let me ask you one last question about the future. If you make it all the way to the White House, what will you bring with you?

Fun, humor, kindness, and a love for our country.


It’s already ugly. [laughs] It’s so unkind and unfair, because you know what? All we want to do is serve our country, fight for freedom, and bring back America, the greatest country in the world. The other day, an older lady asked me, “What do you think about the polls?” I said, “I can’t look at them. All I can do is get up every day and tell everyone what a wonderful man and leader Rick Perry is.”

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I’ve worked on the presidential campaigns for John McCain and George W. Bush (twice), and along the way, I’ve learned what works and what doesn’t. Here are the must-dos: 1. Observe the incumbent, then be the opposite. The more different you can seem from the guy currently in office, the better. Americans craved honesty after Richard Nixon; strength after Jimmy Carter; and moral integrity after Bill Clinton. Today voters are questioning President Obama’s economic leadership, so governors Mitt Romney and Rick Perry are both extolling their ability to help create jobs. 2. Deliver your message in seven seconds. That’s the average sound bite today. Businessman Herman Cain has boiled down his economic plan to “9-9-9”—shorthand for a 9 percent corporate tax, a 9 percent individual income tax, and a 9 percent national sales tax. 3. Show some humanity. Voters are rabidly skeptical of anything that political candidates say, so it’s more important to be human than perfect. Governor Perry may have stumbled in some debates, but many voters like his brash, unvarnished style. As one of President Obama’s key advisers, David Axelrod, said of Perry, “He looks comfortable in his own skin.” That matters. 4. Be bold. People often don’t vote on the issues; they vote on attributes, and the most important one is strength. Rep. Michele Bachmann was at her most popular in the debates when she loudly declared that Obama would be “a one-term president” and that she would not rest until “Obamacare” was repealed. 5. Prepare for the big moments. You have three major occasions to move public opinion and to rise in the polls in a substantial way: your announcement; your nomination speech and choice of VP; and the debates. Last month, we saw Perry sink and former House speaker Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain rise based solely on debate performances. 6. Always be a happy warrior. Running for president is brutal— it’s like running naked through a cactus patch on fire. The process is designed to crush you and see what you’re made of, but you can never show the pain. In 2004, Howard Dean screamed. In 1972, Edmund Muskie cried. And, in 1992, despite his considerable public WEATHERING THE STORM A candidate’s humiliations (see: demeanor can alter Gennifer Flowers), a race. From top: Bill Clinton just kept Bill Clinton’s grin, on smiling all the Edmund Muskie’s tears, Howard way to the big chair.

Rick Perry | continued from page 12

have different value sets.

when you’re not busy campaigning?

You were once a Democrat, correct?

Prior to having my back fixed [on July 1], my perfect Sunday was to get up, go running, have a cup of coffee, go to Lake Hills Church for a 9:30 service, and then take a nap. [laughs] Those days are over—well, the running part is. Now I swim.

Right. I never met a Republican until I was 25.

What denomination is your church?

It’s loosely affiliated with the Baptist Church. It’s evangelical and hip. When you start your service with Lynyrd Skynyrd, you know it’s nontraditional. I hear that you’re also a real Beethoven fan.

Have you ever voted for a Democratic candidate for president?

Yes, ma’am. In 1976, I voted for Jimmy Carter, because I was in the air force, and I came from an agricultural family. A peanut farmer from Georgia had to be better than anyone else on the Democrats’ side. He was the last Democrat I voted for for president—in fact the only Democratic president I ever voted for. Holy mackerel, what a mistake. In 1988, you supported Al Gore’s

I played piano for seven years. But presidential campaign. Why? I broke my arm really bad unloadIn that group, he was by far the ing horses when I was 16, so I had most conservative Democrat. But to stop. Had it not been between Ronald Reagan for the accident, I’d and seeing what the Perry in a Word probably be playDemocrat Party was “GROUNDED. ing piano in a becoming, I came His beliefs on family, little bar here in to the conclusion in God, and country are solid. And he takes excellent New York. 1989 that I needed care of his animals. That’s At the Sept. 12 to become a how I often judge people.” debate, you deRepublican. —Dr. Greg Biehle, Perry’s scribed your wife Have you seen the film veterinarian as “beautiful, An Inconvenient Truth? thoughtful, incredible.” No, ma’am. Tell me what she’s like as a person. Have you read the book?

She’s very smart and loyal. She’s not predisposed to be a public figure since she saw how her father, a small-town doctor, had to be shared with all these other people. She’s also a great patriot.

No. I generally don’t watch or read a lot of fiction. Many believe global warming caused the wildfires in your state. What do you think?

[laughs] Not at all. We’re an incredibly diverse state.

Historically in Texas, we’ve always had substantial periods of drought. World temperatures have also been changing for millennia. I truly believe the science is not settled on the issue of man-made global warming.

Tell me the differences between you and George W. Bush.

I find it interesting that you went to college to be a veterinarian.

You don’t have enough pages. We grew up differently. We

And organic chemistry made a pilot out of me. [laughs] After

What do you feel is most misunderstood about you?

That everyone from Texas is alike. Not true?



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Lunches Packed With Love I inherited from my mother a secret brown-bag ingredient: TLC


hen i was 11,

I peeked into Dad ’s lunch pail and made the horrifying discovery that my mother still flirted with my father. The evidence, a napkin resting on top of a stack of sandwiches wrapped in wax paper, was incontrovertible. Staring back at me was a drawing of a tiny woman wearing pedal pushers and a beehive bigger than a fresh batch of Jiffy Pop. This was Mom in 1968. And this version of Mom was winking. “Love you!” she had written in a speech bubble next to the caricature. “Meat loaf for supper!” The last thing you want to think about when you’re 11 is the possibility of your parents goofing around with each other. I tossed Dad’s Hostess Fruit Pie into the pail and dashed out the kitchen door to go tell my best friend, Eloise, that I would have to come live with her. Her father was a minister. Life had to be calmer at her house. Mom penned all kinds of messages to Dad on those paper napkins, and he saved a whole pile of them. What embarrassed me as a dorky kid has become a cherished memory of my parents’ ability to be silly with each other, no matter what. It also launched my own brand of lunch pail notes. When my kids were young, I’d stick little drawings in their lunches. Lots of

sketches of our dog, Max, along with smiling flowers and friendly bumblebees. When they were teenagers, I’d copy words of wisdom from noted sages. Einstein, for example, or Bruce Springsteen. “It ain’t no sin to be glad you’re alive.” Sing it, brother. Perhaps inevitably, my kids grew up crafting their own handwritten gems. One of my favorites is 8-year-old Andy’s note to the Tooth Fairy, who apparently missed his first note asking her to leave his tooth behind. “Dear Tooth Dummy,” his letter started. “Can’t you read? Keep the quarter, just give me back my tooth.”

This prompted a discussion about the perils of rushing to judgment and how Tooth Fairies are people, too—people with incredibly stressful jobs. Flying here, flying there, dodging every cat in the neighborhood, all so they can slip their hands under the pillows of sleeping children who expect cash rewards for spitting out a used-up tooth. Okay, I may have overdone that lecture just a little. My husband writes me love notes on recycled paper, because he’s all about being green. Oh, the thrill of finding sweet nothings scrawled on Ohio secretary of state stationery from the 1980s. That guy sure knows how to woo.

Friends who know about my lunch pail notes eagerly share stories of their own family traditions. So many revolve around food. Maura’s mom always drew hearts on the shells of hard-boiled eggs. Melinda wrote messages on her kids’ bananas. When Celia was little, her mom used to reach into an imaginary pocket over her heart and sprinkle a secret ingredient over whatever she was baking. “We mustn’t forget the love!” she always said. Now Celia and her grown daughter reach into their own magic pockets in the kitchen. We’re into the third generation of lunch pail notes in our home. Whenever my 3-year-old grandson, Clayton, spends the night, he knows his lunch is going to have a napkin note from Grandma in the morning. Like his father, the Tooth Fairy basher, he can be quite the critic. Last week, I drew a particularly flattering picture of me—long eyelashes, chiseled cheeks to make Angelina Jolie weep— waving wildly and shouting his name. He took one look at it and shrieked, “Where’s Grandpa?” Yikes. Add in curly-haired guy in wrinkled shirt. “You forgot his tie,” he said. I quickly scribbled a line of stripes down the front of the shirt. Clayton smiled. “Grandpa,” he whispered, running his fingers across the napkin. “It’s you.”

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16 hours of organic chemistry, they pointed out to me that I probably didn’t want to be a veterinarian. So would it be fair to say that you and science don’t get along so well?

No. After I graduated college, I had a year of the most technical aerodynamics and physics that you need to be an air force pilot. They weren’t cream-puff studies. I have a pretty good handle on science from that perspective. Some of our recent presidents have admitted to experimenting with drugs. What about you?

No, ma’am. Not unless you call caffeine a drug. Or cold beer or whiskey. In the past, you’ve said that “unless my family is at gunpoint, I will not go to Washington, D.C.” If you’re elected, do you plan to govern from Texas?

Look, millions of Americans who’ve served the country didn’t want to go where they were sent, but it was their duty. I don’t consider this any different. Governor, how would you make the White House more like Texas?

We’d have Blue Bell ice cream and Hill Country barbecue.



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