From once-underestimated to 'oops,' Perry reshaped Texas but faltered nationally _ so far

  • Article by: WILL WEISSERT , Associated Press
  • Updated: July 8, 2013 - 3:40 PM

SAN ANTONIO — Gov. Rick Perry was a champion of fiercely conservative social activism long before the tea party was born. He oversaw the "Texas Miracle" job-creation boom and became the state's most powerful governor since Reconstruction.

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