A group of California lawmakers and former elected officials are calling on Texas Gov. Rick Perry to run for president after meeting with him Thursday in Sacramento.

“Now, more than ever, our nation needs serious, experienced and principled leadership to create jobs, control spending and rebuild the economy. We believe Gov. Perry that you embody these attributes, and we urge you to become a candidate for the Republican nomination for the office of president of the United States,” the group's letter reads.

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