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Meet Anita Thigpen Perry, the wife of Texas Governor Rick Perry

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DES MOINES, IA - AUGUST 15: Texas first lady Anita Perry (2nd L) waits for her husband, Republican presidential candidate and Texas Governor Rick Perry, to finish a radio interview during a visit to the Iowa State Fair August 15, 2011 in Des Moines, Iowa. This is Perry's first trip to Iowa after announcing his run for the GOP presidential nomination. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Texas Governor Rick Perry is trying to shore up support by sending his wife out on the campaign trail. Anita Thigpen Perry has spent the last couple of days stumping hard for her husband in Iowa.

She was just 14 years old when she went on her first date with Rick Perry. They were teenage sweethearts who dated on and off for 16 years before they got married. She is a nurse and some speculate she influenced Governor Perry's stance on the HPV vaccine. We'll hear more about her life and her role in Rick Perry's campaign.


Evan Smith, Editor in Chief of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit news organization

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