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Rick Perry tells Senate panel he's ready to lead the Energy Department, which he once wanted to eliminate

Rick Perry tells Senate panel he's ready to lead the Energy Department, which he once wanted to eliminate

Rick Perry, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to head the Energy Department, used his opening statement at his Senate confirmation Thursday to back away from his biggest potential problem: his earlier calls to abolish that department.

Acknowledging that he had vowed to eliminate the Energy Department when he ran unsuccessfully for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, the former four-term governor of Texas said those campaign pledges “do not reflect my current thinking.” 

“In fact, after being briefed on so many of the vital functions of the Department of Energy, I regret recommending its elimination,” he added.

That about-face cleared the way for a...

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