Former Texas Governor Perry Launches Bid For U.S. President

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry announced on Thursday 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.

Perry said at a rally in Addison, a Dallas suburb, that he would boost the U.S. economy and improve homeland security, and he pointed to his record in Texas as proof he could do it.

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."

Perry, 65, has presented himself since as a more thoughtful, policy-oriented candidate this time around.

"Rick Perry is the most accomplished of all of the folks that are potentially running in 2016," Republican strategist Ford O'Connell said.

The Republican presidential field already includes nine announced candidates and others are considering bids. 

"It's very hard in politics to get a second chance to make a first impression," O'Connell added.

Read more from Marcie Richter at Reuters

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