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Perry links himself to military, cites record
Perry cites military record as he looks for second wind in GOP presidential contest
By The Associated Press

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) ' Rick Perry is turning to his military service as a selling point to voters looking for a veteran in the Republican presidential campaign.

The Texas governor is looking for a second wind with mere weeks until Iowa starts the nominating process with its Jan. 3 caucuses. He is lagging in the polls and is working hard to recapture the fervor of his August entry into the race.

Heading into Thursday's debate in Sioux City, Perry is expected to highlight his service. He is looking to use his record to tap into veterans, older voters who helped Sen. John McCain win the nomination in 2008. The only other military veteran in the GOP race is Texas Rep. Ron Paul.

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