Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he’ll seek GOP nomination in 2016


Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced on Thursday that he will seek the Republican nomination for president in 2016.

Perry’s official site unveiled a Perry for President logo Thursday morning. He will make a formal announcement Thursday afternoon in the Dallas, TX area.

Perry has aggressively campaigned in early primary states in the months leading up to his announcement, emphasizing his credentials as a military veteran and the leader of a state that posted impressive job creation numbers during his tenure as governor.

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It will be Perry’s second attempt at a presidential run. He entered the race with great fanfare in 2012 but was plagued by a series of gaffes and dropped out before the South Carolina primary.

Most memorably, during a CNBC primary debate, he forgot the third of three federal agencies that he pledged to abolish, punctuating the moment with an awkward “oops.”

Backers say that, this time, Perry is more prepared for a run and has brushed up on issues like foreign policy. He was also plagued in 2012 by a back injury that he has said contributed to his failed campaign.

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Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he'll seek GOP nomination in 2016