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Perry scores early points with polls, pundits for second presidential bid

By Jonathan Tilove - American-Statesman Staff



First, Gov. Rick Perry issued a fire-breathing call to arms at the Conservative Political Action Conference earlier this month outside Washington, D.C. He followed up with a disarming performance before an initially hostile crowd on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” during South by Southwest last week. Then on Monday, Perry departed for California to once again sell Texas as a red state destination for blue state businesses, and sell himself as someone worth a serious second look as a presidential candidate in 2016.

The March 4 primary marked another milepost in the coming end of the Perry era in Texas state government. But Perry, these days sans cowboy boots but sporting a stylish pair of Oliver Peoples glasses, has made surprising strides in rebranding himself as someone who could yet be a contender nationally.

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