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Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry seeks GOP nomination for 2016

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By Carrie Dann, NBC News

(NBC News) - Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced on Thursday that he will seek the Republican nomination for president in 2016.

Perry's official site unveiled a Perry for President logo Thursday morning. He will make a formal announcement Thursday afternoon in the Dallas, Texas area.

Perry has aggressively campaigned in early primary states in the months leading up to his announcement, emphasizing his credentials as a military veteran and the leader of a state that posted impressive job creation numbers during his tenure as governor.

It will be Perry's second attempt at a presidential run. He entered the race with great fanfare in 2012 but was plagued by a series of gaffes and dropped out before the South Carolina primary.

Most memorably, during a CNBC primary debate, he forgot the third of three federal agencies that he pledged to abolish, punctuating the moment with an awkward "oops."

Backers say Perry is more prepared for a run this time and has brushed up on issues such as foreign policy. He was also plagued in 2012 by a back injury that he has said contributed to his failed campaign.

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