Presidential campaign platform update: Rick Perry’s stance on Metallica

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry. (Photo by Deborah Cannon/American-Statesman)

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry. (Photo by Deborah Cannon/American-Statesman)

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s campaign website devotes entire pages to issues like economic growth, lowering taxes, retiring the federal debt, national security and shrinking government. Not likely to join those planks: the Republican presidential candidate’s thoughts on James Hetfield’s oeuvre.

According to music news site Stereogum, musician and Internet personality Cinco Sanders intercepted Perry at a South Carolina town hall event and asked the former governor a question not likely to be covered at any debate: What is his favorite Metallica album?

Quoth the guv in video footage of the encounter: “I don’t think I got any Metallica albums.”

Before that, Sanders prompts Perry with a mention of the heavy metal band’s smash 1991 single “Enter Sandman.” When Perry seems to signal recognition of that song, Sanders tries to interpret that as a vote for the band’s self-titled LP, also known as “The Black Album,” on which “Enter Sandman” appears.

Kirk Hammett of heavy metal band Metallica performs on day three of X Games Austin on the Super Stage at Circuit of the Americas. (Suzanne Cordeiro / For American-Statesman)

Kirk Hammett of heavy metal band Metallica performs on day three of X Games Austin on the Super Stage at Circuit of the Americas. (Suzanne Cordeiro / For American-Statesman)

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Watch the encounter below.

Also listen to “Enter Sandman,” which may be Perry’s favorite Metallica song, below.

Speaking of Perry’s presidential ambitions, news leaked last week that the former governor’s campaign was no longer paying its staffers. Texas State Prosecuting Attorney Lisa McMinn also said last week that she will appeal an earlier court ruling that overturned a Texas law, coercion of a public official, as part of the criminal case against Perry, the Statesman’s Chuck Lindell reported.

Speaking of Metallica, they shredded at this year’s X Games Austin.

[h/t Houston Chronicle]

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