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FILE - In this June 29, 2011 file photo, Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks during a Boy Scout ceremony aboard the USS Midway in San Diego. If Perry decides to run for president, he'll attack from the Republican Party's right flank, as he would be among the GOP field's most conservative candidates. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

FILE - In this June 29, 2011 file photo, Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks during a Boy Scout ceremony aboard the USS Midway in San Diego. If Perry decides to run for president, he'll attack from the Republican Party's right flank, as he would be among the GOP field's most conservative candidates. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

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