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Palin ramps up for 2010

From NBC's Janet Shamlian and Domenico Montanaro
Sarah Palin will seek to flex her conservative muscle with campaign stops for Texas Gov. Rick Perry and later Sen. John McCain.

Perry is embroiled in a bitter GOP primary battle with Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. Perry's campaign announced that Palin will campaign for the governor on Feb. 7 in the Houston area.

"I look forward to standing with Sarah to promote our shared conservative values of limited government, low taxes and individual freedom," Perry said in a statement. "Gov. Palin is a true conservative leader whose priorities and message resonate with Texans, and I am honored to have her in Texas supporting my campaign."

Reuters reports: "Palin, the former Alaska governor who was McCain's vice presidential running mate last year, will campaign for McCain's re-election bid as a senator from Arizona in March, the senator said in a statement on Wednesday."

*** UPDATE *** Here's McCain's statement from the McCain 2010 campaign: "I'm looking forward to getting back on the campaign trail with my former running mate, and I know my fellow Arizonans will welcome her as well," said Senator John McCain. "Sarah energized our nation and remains a leading voice in the Republican Party."