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Rick Perry Endorses Trump, Would Consider Being His VP

| by Kathryn Schroeder
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Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who sought the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, has officially endorsed Donald Trump as the GOP nominee.

"He is not a perfect man. 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," Perry told CNN May 5.

"He wasn't my first choice, wasn't my second choice, but he is the people's choice," Perry added.

Perry was a strong critic of Trump while he was campaigning against him, referring to him as a “cancer on conservatism.”

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After Perry pulled out of the GOP presidential race, he endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas for the nomination and campaigned for him.

"When Ted said he is done and suspending his campaign -- that was the last individual who had a chance [to beat Trump]," Perry said.

"I believe in the process, and the process has said Donald Trump will be our nominee and I'm going to support him and help him and do what I can," he said.

Perry said Trump is one of the most talented people he has ever seen run for president and that he knows how to market and brand himself like no one has ever seen.

The same day Perry endorsed Trump, Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan said he was not ready to back him for president.

"I'm just not ready to do that at this point. I'm not there right now," Ryan told CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" in an interview.

Perry believes the Republican Party needs to unite behind Trump.

"We need to come together and heal the wounds," he told CNN.

Perry also said he would be open to joining Trump as his vice president.

"I am going to be open to any way I can help. I am not going to say no," he said, but noted that he has not spoken to Trump in at least six months.

"We can't afford the policies and the character of Hillary Clinton," he added.

Sources: CNN (2) / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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