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Aug 21, 2014 10:04 PM by Bart Bedsole - bbedsole@kristv.com

Perry Discusses National Security In Border Address

WASHINGTON - Governor Rick Perry is on the road again, in Washington, and shifting his focus from his recent legal trouble at home to national security.

Perry was invited by the Heritage Foundation to speak about illegal immigration, something he has taken action to stop and repeatedly criticized the federal government for, but instead of mentioning the usual drug cartels or unaccompanied minors from Central America, he talked about terrorists sneaking in from Mexico.

"Individuals from ISIS or other terrorist states could be and I think is a very real possibility that they may have already used that," Perry said.

And that wasn't his only comment related to ISIS, the group fighting to take over Iraq.

Perry also signaled that it may take not only airstrikes, but US troops in Iraq to stop them.

Most of his fellow Republicans have yet to support the idea of sending troops back into combat.

"I think all of your options have to be open from the standpoint of dealing with this terror and this force in that country. I think signaling to your enemy what you are not going to put on the table is very, very bad," Perry said.

At the very least, the longest serving governor in Texas history is testing the waters before committing to or ruling out a run for president in 2016.

After Washington, Perry heads to New Hampshire, a key primary state that can make or break a campaign.

He did briefly address his recent indictment and booking in Austin, saying once again that it's politically motivated.

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