Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks during the 2011 Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans on June 18.
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July 20, 2011 Will the three-term Republican Texas governor, a favorite of evangelicals and the Tea Party faithful, elbow his way into the crowded presidential race? Longtime Perry watcher Evan Smith of the Texas Tribune talks about why he thinks Perry will run and what kind of candidate he'd be.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) during a speech at a Boy Scout ceremony on June 29, 2011, aboard the USS Midway in San Diego.
July 11, 2011 The Republican and some of his associates have been sounding out GOP leaders in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina — three states that play big roles in the nomination process.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks during a United for Life event organized by a Hispanic anti-abortion group at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena on Sunday.
June 14, 2011 In the past two weeks, Rick Perry has gone from ridiculing journalists' questions about a possible run for president to openly considering it. Perry is known as a fiscal conservative first and a social conservative second. But lately he has made a concerted effort to burnish his social conservative credentials.
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