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AMES, Iowa (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry is fighting for his political life in Iowa.

Four month ago, the Texas governor was seen as conservatives' national savior. But with three weeks before Iowa's leadoff caucuses, Perry is retooling his message from the strict jobs focus he started with in August to one promoting him as a conservative outsider who will fight "special interests."

He has also fallen back on his Christian faith, with two recent ads promoting Christian themes. The bulk of his recent Iowa campaigning has been at forums sponsored by conservative evangelical groups.

The strategy change is a sign of the pressure he faces to revive his faltering campaign. So far, it's unclear if it's working.

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