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Rick Perry: Iowa Trip Aims to "Add to the Edge" Ted Cruz Has in State

Former Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz spoke to reporters on Jan. 26, 2016, in Albia, Iowa. Perry, a former 2016 candidate for president, endorsed Cruz's presidential bid on Jan. 25, 2016.
Former Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz spoke to reporters on Jan. 26, 2016, in Albia, Iowa. Perry, a former 2016 candidate for president, endorsed Cruz's presidential bid on Jan. 25, 2016.

Long accustomed to traversing Iowa with a cast of local Republicans, presidential candidate Ted Cruz received some new company Tuesday in the form of a fellow Texan: former Gov. Rick Perry.

One Year, Two Races: Inside the GOP’s Bizarre, Tumultuous 2015

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The GOP presidential debate in Simi Valley, California on Sept. 16, 2015.
The GOP presidential debate in Simi Valley, California on Sept. 16, 2015.

There were two halves to 2015 for the Republican presidential race: Before Trump and After Trump. Since June, there had been several unanticipated twists — some of which included Texans Ted Cruz and Rick Perry.

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