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Where Have You Gone 'Texas Miracle'?

The Texas flag waves in the foreground as the Capitol dome is shown in the background Monday, Jan. 18, 1999, in Austin, Texas. The city prepares for Tuesday's inauguration of Gov. George W. Bush and Lt. Gov. Rick Perry.(AP Photo/Harry Cabluck)

December 9, 2011
Remember when Rick Perry seemed poised to make the so-called "Texas Miracle," his state's stunning job-creation record amid a sour national economy, the centerpiece of his presidential campaign? Apparently, neither does he. 
The foundering White House hopeful, whose poll numbers currently stand closer to bottom-feeder Jon Huntsman than front-runner Newt Gingrich, of late has abandoned his economic record despite its ostensible appeal. Instead, he's betting big that a sharp-edged cultural message, tailor-made for an evangelical-audience, gives him the best way back into the Republican race's top-tier.
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