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.

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