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      Texas' Perry comes to SC for politics and football

      Rick Perry, (R) Texas (WCIV)
      By JEFFREY COLLINSAssociated Press

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry is coming to South Carolina for some politicking, fundraising and football this week.

      Perry kicks off two days of events Wednesday afternoon with a tailgate party and fundraiser for the South Carolina Republican Party in Columbia. Perry was a yell leader at Texas A&M and his beloved Aggies open the college football season Thursday against South Carolina.

      Perry will speak to a Fellowship of Christian Athletes event at a high school Thursday and headline a barbecue fundraiser for South Carolina Rep. Kirkman Finlay before heading to the game.

      Perry ran for president in 2012, but dropped out before South Carolina's first-in-the-South primary.

      Democrats are criticizing Perry's visit after his indictment earlier this month over a veto. Perry has called the case politically motivated.

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