Brownback: Perry is my guy

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Kansas Republican Governor Sam Brownback endorsed long-time friend Texas Gov. Rick Perry Thursday.

“I have known and worked with Rick Perry for over twenty years. He is the right leader for this moment in history,” Brownback said. He cited Perry’s leadership abilities, his job-creating record in Texas, and his ability to balance the federal budget as the primary reasons for his support. (RELATED: Perry goes on the attack, refers to Romney as ‘Obama-lite’)

“Now more than ever, America needs a President who knows how to create jobs and stop Washington’s runaway spending. Rick Perry balanced budgets in tough economic times, signed the largest tax cut in state history and helped Texas become the national leader in job creation. On the most important issues of our time, his record of leadership serves as a blueprint for America’s renewal.”

The Perry campaign welcomed Brownback’s endorsement, and has noted that since June 2009, Texas created 40 percent of of the new jobs in America.

“Governor Brownback is one of the most respected voices for conservatism in the country, and it’s great to have his support,” said Perry. “As a former senator and congressman who consistently fought for lower taxes and a balanced federal budget, he knows the challenges we face in rehabilitating Washington. I’m glad that he trusts me to get the job done as the next president.”

Brownback is the latest governor to endorse Perry, joining Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval.

The Perry campaign also announced the endorsement today from Florida State Representative and House Majority Leader Carlos Lopez-Cantera.

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