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Energy Secretary Rick Perry operates and excavator that includes 3-D printed components at Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Manufacturing Demonstration Facility in Knoxville, Tenn., Monday, May 22, 2017. Perry said his goal is to protect jobs and funding for his agency and its research facilities. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)

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Energy Secretary Rick Perry speaks at Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Manufacturing Demonstration Facility in Knoxville, Tenn., Monday, May 22, 2017. Perry said his goal is to protect jobs and funding for his agency and its research facilities. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)

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Seen in the screen of a video camera, Energy Secretary Rick Perry talks about the need to address low- and high-level nuclear waste during a news conference in Los Alamos, N.M., on May 10, 2017. Perry toured Los Alamos National Laboratory on Wednesday and was briefed on subjects from nuclear deterrence work to supercomputing projects at the northern New Mexico installation. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

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Energy Secretary Rick Perry talks about the need to address low- and high-level nuclear waste during a news conference in Los Alamos, N.M., on May 10, 2017. Perry toured Los Alamos National Laboratory on Wednesday and was briefed on subjects from nuclear deterrence work to supercomputing projects at the northern New Mexico installation. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

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Energy Secretary Rick Perry (center) used to boast of how often he sued the Obama administration over environmental and energy issues when he was governor or Texas, but he now faces a lawsuit from his own state to recover funds for an unused nuclear waste site in Nevada. (Associated Press)

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FILE - In this March 2, 2017, file photo, Energy Secretary Rick Perry speaks during a swearing in ceremony in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. Perry, whose agency oversees the nation’s nuclear arsenal, is inserting himself into an unusually small political dispute: an election for student body president at Texas A&M. In an op-ed submitted to the Houston Chronicle, the former Texas governor suggested that his alma mater’s first openly gay president may have stolen the outcome. Perry wrote that the campus election “at best made a mockery of due process and transparency” and at worst “allowed an election to be stolen outright.” (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

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Defense Secretary-designate James Mattis, right, laughs as he waits with Former Gov. Rick Perry, R-Tex., for the 58th Presidential Inauguration parade for President Donald Trump in Washington. Friday, Jan. 20, 2017 (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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Former Republican presidential candidate and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, waves to the crowd as he steps to the podium to speak at the RedState Gathering in Atlanta, in this Aug. 7, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

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Republican presidential candidates former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, left, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, right, meet with former first lady Nancy Reagan before a Republican presidential candidate debate at the Reagan Library Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011, in Simi Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, Pool)

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Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at an event in Washington on Sept. 25, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

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Rick Perry gets into it with the grassroots audience at the Iowa State Fair "soapbox" in 2014. (AP Photo)

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Republican presidential candidate and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry said on Twitter that his quest for the GOP nomination goes on despite dismal showings in recent polling and problems raising funds. Mr. Perry's staffers were told they were welcome to seek other employment if they didn't want to continue working for free. (Associated Press)

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Rick Perry has struggled in both fundraising and polling. He has barely risen above 1 or 2 percent support and didn't make the Top 10 candidates invited to the main prime-time debate on Fox News last week. (Associated Press)

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Rick Perry, former Governor of Texas, current Republican presidential candidate - The longest serving governor in Texas state history, Perry was elected to the Texas House of Representatives as a Democrat in 1984. He supported Al Gore in the 1988 Democratic presidential primaries and worked for Gore's campaign in Texas. In 1989, Perry announced that he was switching to the Republican Party. As a Republican, Perry went on to become the Agriculture Commissioner, Lieutenant Governor and Governor of Texas, before running in both the 2012 and 2016 Republican presidential races.

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Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry talks during a pre-debate forum Thursday afternoon.

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Rick Perry failed to qualify for Thursday's Republican presidential debate, marking an early setback for the former Texas governor who is eager to show that his debate struggles four years ago were an aberration and he belongs among the top-tier Republicans in the 2016 presidential race. (Associated Press)

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Could intense language between Donald Trump and Rick Perry subside? The pair are seen here when the Texas governor visited Mr. Trump in New York in 2013. (Office of Rick Perry)

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Donald Trump continued his public fight with Republican presidential rival Rick Perry on Wednesday, tweeting a photo of the former Texas governor "begging for my support and money." (Instagram/@realdonaldtrump)

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Presidential hopeful Rick Perry called on Donald Trump to end his presidential bid on July 18, 2015. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

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Presidential candidate and businessman Donald Trump has been busy on Twitter, tweeting out negative thoughts and opinions on his fellow GOP candidates, including former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. (Invision/Associated Press)