Former Gov. Perry endorses Ted Cruz’s White House bid

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former Gov. Rick Perry, who twice ran unsuccessfully for president, is endorsing fellow Texan Ted Cruz’s White House bid.

Perry was the longest-serving governor in Texas history. He left office last January under felony indictment for abuse of power related to threatening a veto of state funding for public corruption prosecutors.

Perry’s once-promising 2012 presidential run collapsed after a series of gaffes, and he was the first GOP presidential hopeful to drop out this cycle amid sluggish fundraising.

In a video released Monday by the Cruz campaign, Perry says that, as an Air Force veteran, he believes America deserves a president “who will keep our military strong.”

Cruz is one of the favorites ahead of next week’s Iowa caucuses. A senator since 2013, Cruz didn’t serve personally in the military. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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