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Former Texas Governor Rick Perry is not among the 10 Republicans running for president who will take part in the first primetime TV debate.

Donald Trump, Jeb Bush and Scott Walker will take the stage in Cleveland on August 6 with seven rivals.

Fox News selected the 10 most popular Republicans based on five national polls, excluding Rick Perry and South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham.

Those two and five other candidates will take part in an earlier debate.

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum reacted angrily to his omission.Rick Perry first GOP debate

“The idea that they have left out the runner-up for the 2012 nomination [Rick Santorum], the former four-term governor of Texas [Rick Perry], the governor of Louisiana [Bobby Jindal], the first female Fortune 50 CEO [Carly Fiorina], and the 3-term Senator from South Carolina [Lindsey Graham] due to polling seven months before a single vote is cast is preposterous,” his spokesman said.

In contrast, Rick Perry tweeted that he was looking forward to being on Fox at 5PM for “a serious exchange of ideas and positive solutions to get America back on track”.

The main debate takes place four hours later at 9PM local time.

All eyes will be on Donald Trump, who leads the polls and has made headlines with outspoken remarks about many of his rivals.

One of the Republican frontrunners, Jeb Bush, became embroiled in a row with leading Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton over women’s health funding on August 4.

The former Florida governor was attacked by Democrat Hillary Clinton after he told a conservative Christian audience he wasn’t sure “we need half a billion dollars for women’s health issues”.

Jeb Bush later said he “misspoke” after criticism of his remarks.

Top 10 Republicans Running for White House 2016:

  • Businessman Donald Trump
  • Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush
  • Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker
  • Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee
  • Surgeon Ben Carson
  • Texas Senator Ted Cruz
  • Florida Senator Marco Rubio
  • Kentucky Senator Rand Paul
  • Ohio Governor John Kasich
  • New Jersey Governor Chris Christie

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.