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Iowa Republicans supportive of Perry

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HIAWATHA, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Republicans say Texas Gov. Rick Perry has not been tarnished by a recent indictment.

Perry was in Iowa on Tuesday, campaigning for 1st Congressional District candidate Rod Blum. It's the potential 2016 presidential candidate's first Iowa visit since he was indicted last month on two felony counts alleging he abused the power of his office.

Republicans gathered for an event in Hiawatha said the indictment was politically motivated. During brief remarks at a local political office, Perry spoke about job gains in Texas and drew applause when he talked about sending National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border.

Perry entered the 2012 presidential race with much fanfare but quickly stumbled. He finished fifth in the Iowa caucuses in early 2012 and quit the race two weeks later.

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