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Perry's Southern Strategy Begins in South Carolina

Guilds Davis installs chairs in ballroom at the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, S.C., on Friday, Aug. 12, 2011, where Gov. Rick Perry will announce for president Saturday.
Guilds Davis installs chairs in ballroom at the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, S.C., on Friday, Aug. 12, 2011, where Gov. Rick Perry will announce for president Saturday.

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Republican candidates have generally looked to South Carolina as a “firewall” to make a final stand in fending off the attacks from challengers. For Rick Perry, it may be more like a launching pad.

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