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Rick Perry to Join Crowded Field of Republican Candidates

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry plans to officially declare his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination on June 4, according to the Dallas News.

His wife, Anita, made the announcement on Twitter. She wrote: “@GovernorPerry & I have been discussing the future of this great country and how our family can play a role.” The message included an invitation for supporters to attend an upcoming campaign event in Dallas.

Newsmax noted that Perry will be making his second bid for the White House. He also was a candidate in 2012. This time, he faces a large field of GOP presidential hopefuls, many of whom are outperforming him in early polls. On average, the ex-governor has gotten only 2.4 percent support in the surveys, according to Real Clear Politics.

Perry already has made multiple appearances in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida. He has hired campaign staffs in many of those early-primary states, and has been holding weekly meetings with experts in economics and foreign policy, the Dallas News reported.

The newspaper pointed out that Perry “must erase memories of his previous debate flops and campaign stumbles.” Four years ago, he infamously said “oops” and “sorry” when he forgot what he was saying during a presidential debate.

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