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Perry Kicks Off Presidential Run Against ‘Rudderless’ Leadership

Rick Perry, the longest-serving U.S. governor and an early Tea Party supporter, stepped into the Republican presidential campaign touting the economic buoyancy of Texas and his plans to reduce federal authority.

Perry, 61, who considered a run for months, made it official in Charleston, South Carolina, at a meeting sponsored by RedState.com, a self-described “conservative news blog.” He later flew to New Hampshire, site of the first 2012 primary election. He plans to campaign today in New Hampshire and Iowa.