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AUSTIN (AP) – Gov. Rick Perry and old friend and former 2012 presidential rival Newt Gingrich are set to share a stage in Austin.

The pair is keynoting the closing luncheon Friday of a policy forum sponsored by the Texas Public Policy Foundation, an influential conservative think tank.

Perry, who is now mulling a 2016 White House campaign, endorsed former House speaker Gingrich after dropping out of the 2012 presidential race.

Gingrich also wrote the forward to Perry’s 2010 anti-Washington book “Fed Up!” More recently, he served on the board of a Perry political nonprofit group promoting the leadership of Republican governors nationwide.

Perry, Gingrich and Heritage Foundation chief economist Stephen Moore plan to discuss the “resurgence of American leadership.”

The longest-serving governor in Texas history, Perry leaves office Jan. 20.

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