During the Texas governor’s speech at the Republican Leadership Conference, during which he called for giving more power to state governments, spoke of individual liberties, and encouraged Republicans not to put social issues on the backburner.

Perry, who like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie had denied any interest in running, sent shockwaves through the Republican field when he finally admitted to reporters he was mulling over a bid.

But he can’t raise any campaign money while the Texas state legislature is still in special session. Many of his supporters expect him to make an announcement after that session ends, which could happen this week.

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