Former Texas Gov. Perry to announce presidential aims on June 4

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Former Texas Governor Rick Perry will announce whether he will mount a second bid for president in the November 2016 election at a Dallas event on June 4, an aide said on Friday.

The longest-serving governor in the history of Texas, Perry has worked to overhaul his image since his 2012 Republican candidacy fell apart in an embarrassing debate performance that became infamous as his "oops moment."

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Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks about US President Barack Obama's handling of the situation in Iraq and the US immigration crisis along the border, at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC, August 21, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 21: Republican Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, delivers the keynote address at a Heritage Foundation event titled 'The Border Crisis and New Politics of Immigration,' August 21, 2014. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks about US President Barack Obama's handling of the situation in Iraq and the US immigration crisis along the border, at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC, August 21, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 21: Republican Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, delivers the keynote address at a Heritage Foundation event titled 'The Border Crisis and New Politics of Immigration,' August 21, 2014. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 21: Republican Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, arrives to deliver the keynote address at a Heritage Foundation event titled 'The Border Crisis and New Politics of Immigration,' August 21, 2014. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks about US President Barack Obama's handling of the situation in Iraq and the US immigration crisis along the border, at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC, August 21, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
Texas Governor Rick Perry arrives to speak about US President Barack Obama's handling of the situation in Iraq and the US immigration crisis along the border, at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC, August 21, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - AUGUST 19: Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks to the media after turning himself in to authorities at the Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center on August 19, 2014 in Austin, Texas. Perry was indicted last Friday on felony charges of abuse of power and coercion of a public servant. (Photo by Stewart F. House/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - AUGUST 19: Texas Governor Rick Perry bids farewell after speaking to the media after turning himself in to authorities at the Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center on August 19, 2014 in Austin, Texas. Perry was indicted last Friday on felony charges of abuse of power and coercion of a public servant. (Photo by Stewart F. House/Getty Images)
Texas Gov. Rick Perry gestures as he speaks at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, about that he would be open to sending U.S. combat forces to Iraq to fight the deadly Islamic state after its attacks on a Christian minority and the beheading of an American journalist and border security. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, that he would be open to sending U.S. combat forces to Iraq to fight the deadly Islamic State after its attacks on a Christian minority and the beheading of an American journalist. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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Perry has presented himself since then as a more thoughtful, policy-oriented candidate with a solid record of job creation.

Wearing his now-ubiquitous thick-framed glasses, Perry has spent the past several months arguing his efforts to keep taxes low and boost the energy sector in the nation's third-largest state from 2000 to 2014 were a central reason that Texas added 2.2 million jobs during that period.

He faces perhaps a more difficult field of Republican opponents in 2016 than in the previous cycle, when he was seen briefly as a serious challenger to eventual nominee Mitt Romney.

Despite regular appearances in key primary states like Iowa, Perry has failed to register in Reuters/Ipsos opinion polling of the 2016 Republican presidential field.

(Additional reporting by Alistair Bell; Editing by Lisa Lambert)

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