Former Texas governor Rick Perry had his confirmation hearing Thursday as President-elect Donald Trump's pick for secretary of energy. He said he no longer wants to get rid of the agency. Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images hide caption

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Rick Perry, Energy Nominee, Says He No Longer Wants To Dissolve Agency

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Energy Secretary-designate, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, is sworn-in on Capitol Hill earlier today, prior to testifying at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma's attorney general and President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to head the EPA, earlier this month. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Rick Perry ended his presidential campaign Sept. 11, but there was $13 million left in the bank of a superPAC supporting him. The superPAC says it's given donors their money back. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Ex-Iowa State Sen. Kent Sorenson defected from Michele Bachmann's campaign before the 2012 Iowa caucuses. In a 2014 plea deal, he admitted that he lied about payments from the Ron Paul campaign. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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Big Money And Backstabbing Have Become Part Of The Iowa Game

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Rick Perry phone-banking during his reelection campaign as governor of Texas in 2006. There was evidence of the problems that lay ahead in his presidential campaigns in those days in Texas. Michael Stravato/AP hide caption

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Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry suspended his campaign Friday. He's shown here at a campaign event in Fort Dodge, Iowa, earlier this summer. Charlie Neibergall/AP hide caption

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Republican presidential candidate former Texas Gov. Rick Perry waves his arms while participating in the Fourth of July parade festivities in Amherst, N.H., Saturday, July 4, 2015. Cheryl Senter/AP hide caption

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks during the first Republican presidential debate Thursday in Cleveland. Bush touted his jobs record in Florida. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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Fact Check: Candidates Don't Tell The Whole Stories In First Debate

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Republican presidential candidates from left, Jim Gilmore, Lindsey Graham, Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Carly Fiorina, and George Pataki take the stage for a pre-debate forum at the Quicken Loans Arena, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Cleveland. Seven of the candidates have not qualified for the primetime debate. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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Protesters close their eyes in silent prayer as they stand on the South Carolina Statehouse steps during a rally to take down the Confederate flag, Saturday, June 20, 2015, in Columbia, S.C. Rainier Ehrhardt/Associated Press hide caption

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