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Perry to make Georgia debut with Friday speech

ATLANTA (AP) Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry will make his Georgia debut with a speech Friday before a conservative think tank.The Texas governor will speak about taxes, torts and his home's state's economy in a speech before the Georgia Public Policy Foundation in Atlanta.

The group is holding its 2011 legislative conference. The event is modeled after the annual briefings by the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a sister think tank in the Lone Star state.

Perry will also headline a lunchtime fundraiser Friday at an upscale Atlanta restaurant.

It will be Perry's first trip to Georgia since joining the race for the White House. He's already lined up some prominent support in the state, including Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle.