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Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks during a discussion on "The Border Crisis and the New Politics of Immigration" at the Heritage Foundation, Washington, D.C., Thursday, August 21, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks during a discussion on "The Border Crisis and the New Politics of Immigration" at the Heritage Foundation, Washington, D.C., Thursday, August 21, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks during a discussion on "The Border Crisis and the New Politics of Immigration" at the Heritage Foundation, Washington, D.C., Thursday, August 21, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks during a discussion on "The Border Crisis and the New Politics of Immigration" at the Heritage Foundation, Washington, D.C., Thursday, August 21, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks during a discussion on "The Border Crisis and the New Politics of Immigration" at the Heritage Foundation, Washington, D.C., Thursday, August 21, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry was booked at the Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center in Austin, Texas, for two felony indictments of abuse of power on Tuesday. (Austin Police Department via Associated Press)

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry leaves the Blackwell Thurman Criminal Justice Center after he was booked in Austin Tuesday. Mr. Perry was indicted last week on charges of coercion and official oppression for publicly promising to veto $7.5 million for the state's public integrity unit unless the head of the unit, a district attorney convicted of drunken driving, resigned. (Associated Press)

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry being booked at the Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center in Austin, Texas, for two felony indictments of abuse of power on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Austin Police Department)

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National Edition News cover for August 18, 2014 - Added intrigue clouds battle of Perry and Texas prosecutor: Gov. Rick Perry makes a statement in Austin, Texas on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014 concerning the indictment on charges of coercion of a public servant and abuse of his official capacity. Perry is the first Texas governor since 1917 to be indicted. (AP Photo/Michael Thomas)

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry has a pet project under investigation for redirecting contributions to Republicans. (Associated Press)

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FILE - This Aug. 8, 2014, file photo shows Governor Rick Perry as he speaks at the 2014 Red State Gathering, in Fort Worth, Texas. Perry has been indicted for abuse of power after carrying out a threat to veto funding for state public corruption prosecutors. The Republican governor is accused of abusing his official powers by publicly promising to veto $7.5 million for the state public integrity unit at the Travis County District Attorney's office. He was indicted by an Austin grand jury Friday, Aug. 15. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

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Texas is "a place where you give back to your community," says Gov. Rick Perry, who called for volunteer soldiers to protect the border. (Associated Press)

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks during The Family Leadership Summit, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

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** FILE ** Texas Gov. Rick Perry delivers a speech to nearly 300 in attendance at the 2014 RedState Gathering, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, in Fort Worth, Texas. (Associated Press)

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks to local party activists, Saturday, July 19, 2014, in Algona, Iowa. After his presidential bid crashed in 2012, Iowans now have to decide whether to give Perry another spin. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

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Rick Perry has been governor of Texas since Dec. 21, 2000, when his predecessor stepped down to move into the White House. (Associated Press)

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Rick Perry has been governor of Texas since Dec. 21, 2000, when his predecessor stepped down to move into the White House. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** This July 21, 2014, file photo shows Gov. Rick Perry as he speaks during a news conference in the governor's press room, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

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President Obama met with Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday but declined his offer to go to the Mexico border just 500 miles away. (Associated Press)

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry greets Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, left, during a meeting with local party activists, Saturday, July 19, 2014, in Algona, Iowa. After his presidential bid crashed in 2012, Iowans now have to decide whether to give Perry another spin. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)