Republican political strategist and co-founder of Must Read Texas Matt Mackowiak joined the Chad Hasty Show Monday to discuss Rick Perry's exit from the 2016 presidential race.

Mackowiak said he was surprised Rick Perry dropped of the race as early as he did because he has grown so much as a candidate.

"The last three years he studied so much," said Mackowiak. "He learned a lot, he traveled the world, he'd given lots of speeches, he'd done touch interviews. He really had gone back to school in a sense and recognized that he was unprepared last time."

Even with that, it was difficult for Perry to shake the first impression he gave in the last presidential race.

Listen to the entire interview with Matt Mackowiak in the video box above.

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