Texas abuzz about possible Perry-Cruz 2016 battle

Texas Governor Rick Perry (L)  and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)  during a press conference held at the front gate to Fort Hood about Iraq war veteran, Ivan Lopez, who killed three and wounded 16 before taking his own life on April 4, 2014 in Fort Hood, Texas. The investigation continues into why Lopez did the shooting on the base.  (Joe Raedle, Getty Images)
Texas Governor Rick Perry (L) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) during a press conference held at the front gate to Fort Hood about Iraq war veteran, Ivan Lopez, who killed three and wounded 16 before taking his own life on April 4, 2014 in Fort Hood, Texas. The investigation continues into why Lopez did the shooting on the base. (Joe Raedle, Getty Images)
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Updated: 8/28 12:19 pm

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Two Texans, one White House. Is the 2016 Republican campaign trail big enough?

After plummeting from prime contender to political punchline three years ago, Gov. Rick Perry is gearing up for a second run for president. And he's turned his recent indictment on felony abuse-of-power charges into a campaign rallying cry.

But Perry may find himself bumping up against his state's junior senator, Ted Cruz. The tea party darling's firebomb approach on Capitol Hill has grassroots activists clamoring for him to make a White House run.

The prospect of a two-Texan presidential tilt is dominating political conversation in Texas. Both are scheduled to address the Americans for Prosperity national convention in Dallas this weekend.

 

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