ADDISON, Texas (AP) -- Now there are 11.

Supporters of former Texas Governor Rick Perry wait for his arrival in Dallas (Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

Rick Perry entered the Republican presidential race Thursday.

For the former Texas governor, it's a re-do of a 2012 bid that went poorly as he tumbled from flavor-of-the-month front-runner after a series of gaffes.

Perry told supporters in Addison, Texas: "We have the power" to project American strength and grow the economy.

He went on: "That is exactly why today I am running for the presidency."

His entry brings to 11 the number of major candidates vying for the GOP prize so far.

He spoke in an airport hangar, in the company of veterans and a hulking cargo plane like one he flew in the Air Force. He's one of the few veterans in the 2016 campaign.

Perry starts in a more distant position than before.


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