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Former Texas Governor Rick Perry has launched his second campaign to earn the Republican nomination for US president.

Rick Perry, 65, made the announcement by launching a new fundraising website.

This is Rick Perry’s second bid for the White House.Rick Perry 2016 campaign

His first was derailed by a very public moment of forgetfulness when in November 2011, he stumbled over the name of a government department he wanted to abolish, during a Republican debate.

Rick Perry dropped out of the race two months later, during a period that his wife Anita described this week as a “dark time”.

However, his supporters point to the economic successes of Texas under his leadership as evidence of his talents.

In 2014, Rick Perry was indicted by a grand jury on charges of abusing his power, which he denies.

He will formally launch his campaign at a rally in Dallas on June 4.

Rick Perry becomes the 10th Republican to join the White House race, with several big names still to jump in.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham has officially launched his 2016 White House campaign in his hometown of Central, South Carolina.

Lindsey Graham underlined his foreign policy experience telling supporters: “I have more experience with our national security than any other candidate in this race. That includes you, Hillary.”

He also promised “limited and effective government” and strong national defense.

Lindsey Graham is the ninth Republican and fourth US senator to join the race for the presidential nomination.Lindsey Graham White House 2016

He joined Congress in 1994, winning re-election twice.

The South Carolina senator chairs several Senate subcommittees related to security and has travelled extensively, giving him a strong foreign policy brief.

An active-duty Air Force lawyer for six years, Lindsey Graham is a 30-year veteran of the Air Force Reserve.

In his remarks on June 1, Lindsey Graham said the US would “never achieve peaceful coexistence with radical Islam”.

“I want as president to defeat the enemies that are trying to kill us. Not just penalize them, or contain them, but defeat them,” he said.

Lindsey Graham has spoken out against President Barack Obama’s foreign policy, calling for US ground troops in the fight against Islamic State (ISIS).

He said he would protect US government benefit programs like Medicare and Social Security, having known what it is like to need them himself.

In a video that preceded his speech, Lindsey Graham is described as the first in his family to go to college and a “battle-tested leader who has fought to protect the American dream”.