Republican Governor Rick Perry of Texas responded “a prophet is generally not loved in their hometown” when Fox News’ Neil Cavuto questioned why he was more popular outside of his state than within it.

“That’s both Biblical and practical,” the third-term governor and chairman of the Republican Governors Association added.

Perry has not made his religious beliefs a secret. The potential Republican presidential candidate has recently received criticism for his plans to host a Christian prayer summit at Reliant Stadium in Houston.

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