Speaker Dean Cannon endorses Rick Perry for President

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry might have only been in the race for a couple of weeks, but he’s already racking up endorsements from the likes of House Speaker Dean Cannon — who announced his support Wednesday, reports the News Service of Florida.

“Governor Perry knows that we must reduce government spending,” Cannon, R-Winter Park, said in a statement released by the Perry campaign. “You cannot tax your way into prosperity, and you cannot borrow your way out of debt. Governor Perry’s record of creating jobs and cutting spending is exactly what we need to get our country back on track, and I am excited to support his campaign to get America working again.”

Perry, for his part, said the usual nice bit about his endorser and what it could mean in the primary race, which some have suggested could be a key head-to-head between Perry, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota if they split the early states as expected.

“I am honored to have Dean Cannon’s support and look forward to working with him to build a strong campaign in Florida,” Perry said. “I know that with Speaker Cannon’s help, we will win Florida’s primary, the Republican nomination, and ultimately, the Presidency.”

Perry was apparently unfazed by the results of Cannon’s most notable endorsement this year — the speaker backed state Senate President Mike Haridopolos‘ U.S. Senate bid; Haridopolos has already dropped out of the primary for the GOP nomination.

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