Former Texas Governor and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry addresses the "Road to Majority" conference in Washington

Rick Perry's lesson from 2012 U.S. presidential bid: be prepared

Rick Perry, the former Texas governor who is making a second run for the Republican presidential nomination next year, says he took away a major lesson from his failed 2012 bid: be prepared. The Boy Scouts motto is something Perry knows well as an Eagle Scout, the highest attainable rank in the movement. “Until you’ve done it you don’t even realize what a challenge it is – these broad array of issues that you just have to have more than just passing knowledge of,” Perry said in an interview on “Fox News Sunday.” The longest-serving governor in Texas history, Perry’s 2012 candidacy fell apart in an embarrassing Republican debate performance when he could not remember the third of three government agencies he wanted to scrap, blurting out “Oops.” This time, the 65-year-old has presented himself as a more thoughtful, policy-oriented candidate, punctuated by thick-framed, wonky-looking glasses.

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