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Rick Perry Tries to Break Out by Attacking Pretty Much Everybody

The former Texas governor is finding it hard to gain traction in a race dominated by billionaire Donald Trump.
on August 18, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa.

on August 18, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Photographer: Justin Sullivan

Lagging in the polls and unable to escape the shadow of Donald Trump, former Texas Governor Rick Perry accused his Republican rivals over the weekend of being converts to conservatism.

Without mentioning names, Perry made an appeal to Tea Party activists at the annual meeting of the group founded by billionaires Charles and David Koch that he is an authentic conservative—with a record in Texas to back it up—while fellow governors in the Republican race have taken unpopular party positions or flip-flopped on issues including abortion and the Common Core education standards.