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Rick Perry makes it official

By Laurie Bennett

August 13, 2011 at 3:25pm

Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced his candidacy for president Saturday, devoting much of his speech to criticism of the Obama administration.

“We cannot afford four more years of this rudderless leadership,” he said.

As our map above shows, Perry is already pulling people from other Republican campaigns. Dave Carney, a strategist with Veterans for Rick Perry, was formerly in the Newt Gingrich camp.

George Seay III, Perry’s Texas finance chairman, headed Romney’s efforts in that state in 2008.

Supporters have formed a Super PAC, called Make Us Great Again. The committee was set up by Mike Toomey, who was Perry’s chief of staff.

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