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Rick Perry announced his entrance into the 2012 Republican field in South Carolina, attacking President Obama’s economic policies and pledging to run for president on the anti-tax, anti-regulation agenda that has marked his time as Texas’ longest-serving governor.

Perry won an unprecedented third four-year term in 2010, but it isn’t his record-setting reign that has him sounding like the leader of his own republic. Perry, a southern Democrat-turned-Republican, ignited a furor when he told an anti-tax “Tea Party” crowd in April 2009 that the federal government “has become oppressive in its size, its intrusion into the lives of our citizens and its interference with the affairs of our state” and suggested that Texas may consider seceding from the rest of the country.

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