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Perry Mixes Discipline, Savvy Skill

Tom Williams/Roll Call
Texas Gov. Rick Perry talks with attendees at the Lincoln Day Dinner hosted by the Black Hawk County Republican Party in Waterloo, Iowa, on Sunday.

This consultant said Perry would deliver the red-meat rhetoric desired by the party faithful particularly in Iowa. But the Perry message is likely to be more mainstream in New Hampshire and other states that might require a less overtly partisan style, the consultant said.

Royal Masset, a retired Austin-based GOP strategist and former state party operative who has watched Perry throughout his career, said the campaign will be governed by discipline no matter its themes.

"He will ride a very tightly controlled message," Masset said. "Won't even discuss as much as, say, Sarah Palin discusses. He knows you can get into trouble that way. He's very disciplined that way."

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