Flanked by special operations veterans, former Texas Governor Rick Perry has formally announced his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Former Texas Governor Rick Perry has announced he will pursue the Republican presidential nomination again in 2016, seeking redemption for a fumbled White House bid in 2012 and adding to a crowded field of conservative candidates. Flanked by special operations veterans at Addison Airport in Texas, Perry made the announcement to a crowd of cheering fans, Thursday (June 4). "We have the power to make things new again. To project America's strength again. And to get our economy going again. And that is exactly why today I am running for the presidency of the United States of America," Perry said. The longest-serving governor in Texas history, Perry's 2012 candidacy fell apart in an embarrassing Republican debate performance when he failed to remember the third of three government agencies he wanted to scrap, blurting out "Oops." On the campaign trail, Perry will be expected to tout low taxes in his home state and the 1.4 million jobs he says Texas gained since 2007. Perry, 65, has presented himself since as a more thoughtful, policy-oriented candidate. He told The Washington Post as he left office after 14 years last December that he would be "a substantially different, versed candidate" if he ran in 2016. Wearing his signature thick-framed glasses, Perry used an agriculture summit in the early voting state of Iowa in March to try to showcase his grasp of foreign policy, one of his weak points the last time around.