*NBC reports that if Texas Gov. Rick Perry runs for president, the type of crowd that attends a seven-hour prayer rally in a football stadium would not be disappointed.

Held in the venue where the Houston Texans play, more than 25,000 people here attended “The Response,” an event that was part prayer service, part Christian rock concert, and part marathon pep rally for Jesus Christ.

When Perry stepped onto the stage, the broadly smiling governor was received with a standing ovation

But Perry, a Republican who is widely considered to be planning a 2012 run, steered away from politics during his 10-minute remarks and scripture reading, even chuckling that God is “wise enough not to be affiliated with any political party.”

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