Perry served as Gore’s Texas campaign chairman in 1988. What brought Perry to pitch in for Gore, whose candidacy washed out after he failed to do well outside his native South?

According to news reports at the time, many conservative Texas Democrats put stock in Gore’s campaign, among them former Gov. Dolph Briscoe and then-House Speaker Gib Lewis, who flew to Washington to endorse Gore.

Later, Perry said he found out Gore was far from a real conservative.

“Going through that (Gore experience) was part of what started me through the process of changing parties in 1989,” Perry said. “I came to my senses.”

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