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Chris Carlson, Associated Press
Republican presidential candidate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks during a campaign stop at the Fainting Goat in Waverly, Iowa, Friday, Dec. 30, 2011. Republican presidential candidates are largely shifting from persuading voters to mobilizing them for Tuesday's caucuses.

MASON CITY, Iowa — Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry is endorsing English as the national language.

A voter at a county Republican Party fundraiser in Iowa on Friday expressed frustration with seeing products carrying directions in multiple languages, and said he'd like English to be made the official language of the United States.

Perry told the man that he agreed with him.

The Texas governor is looking to gain traction with conservatives just days before Iowa's leadoff caucuses.

Earlier this week, Perry strengthened his opposition to abortion rights, saying he opposes the procedure even in cases of rape and incest. He later amended that position to allow a sole exception for the life of the mother.