The Madeleine Brand Show for August 12, 2011

Rick Perry: popular Texan governor to announce his presidential run

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Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks to an estimated 30,000 attendees at the non-denominational prayer and fasting event, 'The Response,' on August 6, 2011 in Houston, Texas.

Tomorrow he'll make it official: Republican Texas governor Rick Perry is running for President. He was Lieutenant Governor in 2000 and took over as governor when George W. Bush stepped down to become President. Since then, he's been re-elected three times. Recently, he’s gotten a lot of attention for presiding over an evangelical prayer fest that drew 30,000 people. Clearly, he’s a popular governor and will gain the support of a lot of conservatives. From Dallas, NPR's Wade Goodwyn joins Madeleine to look at Perry’s accomplishments while in office, why he switched from being a Democrat in the state legislature to a conservative Republican, and what he might do to broaden his appeal to independents and moderates in his run for presidency.

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