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(CNN) – During an interview with me that we just taped for The Situation Room, former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf told me he believes Texas Gov. Rick Perry will run for president of the United States.
That's significant because the two men met in Austin last week.
The former Pakistan President said Perry invited him to "exchange views."
I asked him if he thought Perry would run for president.
'You need to ask him, but I think, I thought, I did get that impression,' he said.
I pressed him.
"You came away from that meeting thinking he's going to run?"
"Yes," he replied.
Musharraf has always been blunt with me. I've interviewed him many times over the years. He acknowledged that he wasn't sure he should be saying that he emerged from the meeting convinced Perry would run. "I hope I'm not violating the code of confidentiality that he wanted to maintain about that aspect."
But he's a straightforward person and clearly said what he thought.
The meeting in Austin was seen as part of Perry's effort to establish his foreign policy credentials in advance of a run for the Republican presidential nomination.
High-level Republican sources have been telling me for several weeks that they believe Perry in fact will run. We'll know for sure soon enough.
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