Anita Perry Knows That Real Men Admit Their Mistakes

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ORLANDO, FL - SEPTEMBER 22:  Texas Gov. Rick Perry is flanked by his wife Anita Perry while speaking at a pre debate rally sponsored by the Faith and Freedom Coalition, before tonight's GOP debate, on September 22, 2011 in Orlando Florida. Later tonight GOP presidential candidates will face off in a debate, and Saturday participate Florida GOP's Presidency V Straw Poll.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - SEPTEMBER 22: Texas Gov. Rick Perry is flanked by his wife Anita Perry while speaking at a pre debate rally sponsored by the Faith and Freedom Coalition, before tonight's GOP debate, on September 22, 2011 in Orlando Florida. Later tonight GOP presidential candidates will face off in a debate, and Saturday participate Florida GOP's Presidency V Straw Poll. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Photo: Mark Wilson/2011 Getty Images

Anita Perry recently sat down with Parade magazine to discuss her husband and his campaign. First, the fun stuff! Her nickname for him is "Ricky," and here's how she describes him: "I think he’s the most handsome man. And he’s creative, smart, kind, thoughtful." Next up is Ricky's much-discussed 2007 call for a mandatory HPV vaccine in Texas, a decision some believe she influenced. Mrs. Perry maintains that she "didn't know anything about" the measure prior to its announcement, though she was in favor of it:


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.

While she admits that the governor mishandled the ensuing backlash ("I wish he’d talked to me first"), Anita also believes that enough is enough:

He’s said he made a mistake. He just wants to get rid of cancer in our lifetime. I don’t know how many other men would admit, “I made a mistake.”

Not to mention one who's willing to cop to being sort of weird when it comes to directions! Is Rick Perry the Perfect Guy, or what?

Who Is Anita Perry? [Parade via HuffPo]