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The Brief: April 26, 2012

Rick Perry and Mitt Romney, enemies on the campaign trail, made nice on Wednesday.

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Rick Perry and Mitt Romney, enemies on the campaign trail, made nice on Wednesday.

Perry announced his endorsement of the former Massachusetts governor Wednesday afternoon, shortly after Newt Gingrich announced that he would drop out of the race next week. Perry endorsed Gingrich after exiting the presidential race in January and said he would back him as long as he remained in the race.

"Mitt Romney has earned the Republican Presidential nomination through hard-work, a strong organization, and disciplined message of restoring America after nearly four years of failed job-killing policies from President Obama and his administration," Perry said in a statement. "So today I join the many conservative Republicans across the nation in endorsing Mitt Romney for President and pledge to him, my constituents and the Republican Party that I will continue to work hard to help defeat President Obama."

Perry spent months on the campaign trail painting Romney as a flip-flopper. And in the waning days of his campaign, Perry, in one of his sharpest critiques of Romney, accused him of practicing "vulture capitalism" during his time at Bain Capital.

Any lingering public resentment between the two former rivals, though, appeared to have receded on Wednesday.

Romney, on Twitter, thanked Perry for his endorsement. "Great to have @GovernorPerry's support. Looking forward to working with him -- a lot to be done before November," he said.


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