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Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at a Republican Leadership Summit, Friday, April 17, 2015, in Nashua, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

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Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at a breakfast meeting, Tuesday, March 24, 2015, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan) ** FILE **

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Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry responds to a question from a moderator on the third day of the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., on Feb. 27, 2015. (Rod Lamkey Jr./Special to The Washington Times)

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Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry talks with area business leaders, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in Bedford, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole) ** FILE **

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Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is hopeful that his next try at the GOP presidential nomination will be a far smoother affair than his 2012 attempt, in which he infamously forgot the name of one federal agency he would eliminate if elected. (Associated Press)

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FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2015 file photo, Texas Gov. Rick Perry addresses a joint session of the Texas Legislature in Austin, Texas. As they begin to shape their prospective bids for president, a group of ambitious Republican governors are eager to seize on voters’ contempt for that most dirty of political words: “Washington.” (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

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Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry pumps his fist as he walks on stage during the Freedom Summit, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

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Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry pumps his fist as he walks on stage during the Freedom Summit, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

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Gov. Rick Perry addresses a joint session of the Texas Legislature, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, in Austin, Texas. Perry used his farewell speech Thursday to call for greater bipartisanship and political compromise. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who is stepping down in January after 14 years in Austin, said that although voters sent a message of approval to GOP state leaders, the electorate's favor must nonetheless be earned. (Associated Press)

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks during the Grand Strand Patriotic Alliance Veterans' Day program at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in Myrtle Beach, S.C. (AP Photo/The Sun News, Charles Slate) LOCAL PRINT OUT (MYRTLE BEACH HERALD OUT, HORRY INDEPENDENT OUT, CAROLINA FOREST CHRONICLE, GEORGETOWN TIMES OUT)

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry, right, attorney David Botsford listen during a pretrial hearing on felony abuse of power charges in the 390th District Court at the Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, in Austin, Texas. An Austin grand jury indicted Perry in August. The charges stem from his carrying out a threat to veto state funding for public corruption prosecutors. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Jay Janner, Pool)

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In this photo taken on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks Governor-elect Greg Abbott's victory celebration in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/The Daily Texan, Mengwen Cao)

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks during a conservative rally in Smithfield, N.C., in this Oct. 24, 2014, file photo. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry answers questions during a news conference to discuss Texas’ Ebola prevention efforts, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, in Austin, Texas. Perry has joined calls for an air travel ban from countries hit the hardest by Ebola. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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With the intense media coverage of two Ebola cases in Texas, Gov. Rick Perry has risen to the opportunity and in the polls. (Associated Press)

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at an energy summit in October. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry, right, arrives at the Blackwell Thurman Criminal Justice Center for booking, in Austin, Texas, in this Aug. 19, 2014, file photo. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)