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Rick Perry Endorses Trump, Open to VP Spot

By    |   Friday, 06 May 2016 06:45 AM

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Thursday that he endorses Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee and left to door open to being his running mate, according to CNN.

Perry, a former Republican presidential candidate, once criticized Trump and then endorsed presumptive Republican nominee's chief rival Ted Cruz after making an early exit from the race.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/05/politics/rick-perry-endorses-donald-trump/index.html

"He is not a perfect man," Perry told CNN of Trump. "But what I do believe is that he loves this country and he will surround himself with capable, experienced people and he will listen to them. … He wasn't my first choice, wasn't my second choice, but he is the people's choice."

Perry said to CNN that he has not spoken to Trump in six months but would not turn down if asked to be his vice presidential running mate.

"I am going to be open to any way I can help. I am not going to say no," Perry told CNN.

Perry's endorsement comes as other top Republicans have struggled to accept Trump as the Republican nominee. In comments on CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan said he was currently withholding support for the real estate mogul turned politician.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/05/politics/paul-ryan-donald-trump-gop-nominee/

"I'm just not ready to do that at this point. I'm not there right now," Ryan said on the cable news program. "I'm not there right now."

Trump shortly fired back at Ryan, according to ABC News, with statement of his own calling on Ryan to work with him.

"I am not ready to support Speaker Ryan's agenda," Trump noted in his statement, per ABC News. "Perhaps in the future we can work together and come to an agreement about what is best for the American people. They have been treated so badly for so long that it is about time for politicians to put them first."

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/house-speaker-paul-ryan-flips-prior-pledge-support/story?id=38898272

The 2012 Republican president nominee Mitt Romney and the 2008 nominee John McCain both announced that they plan on skipping the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July, along the last two living Republican presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, according to the Washington Post.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/05/05/mitt-romney-will-skip-trumps-nominating-convention-in-cleveland/

Perry, who also ran for president in 2012, served as Texas governor from 2000-2014 and before that lieutenant governor under George W. Bush before he became president.

http://votesmart.org/candidate/biography/15373/rick-perry#.Vyxqrr6qluU

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