Introduction to Rick Perry
The Texas governor is seeking to reclaim the White House for the Republican Party after it was surrendered four years ago by the man Perry replaced in Austin: President George W. Bush. He was coaxed into a campaign as a conservative alternative to Mitt Romney, but his stumbles in early debates cost him some of that early support. His strong fund-raising and a revamped campaign team have been the core of his reemergence. His biggest challenge may be convincing Republicans he merely had a rough start and Bush-weary Americans he is different.
— Written by Glen Johnson, Boston.com politics editor