(CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry will be joined by his family in South Carolina this weekend for a major speech in which he will strongly signal his intention to run for president, two GOP sources told CNN.
Perry is not expected to make a formal campaign announcement on Saturday in Charleston, but people familiar with the planning say that Perry's speech to the RedState Gathering, a convention of conservative activists, will erase any doubt about his presidential ambitions.
During his visit to the key early primary state, Perry will also meet privately with dozens of South Carolina Republican leaders. Perry will then travel to New Hampshire where he will meet with party activists there.
The Texas governor has been meeting with donors and talking to activists in key caucus and primary states for weeks as he lays groundwork for a potential campaign.
A formal declaration of candidacy is expected sometime before Labor Day, but Perry's advisers have not revealed a specific announcement date.
They're meeting here in SC because the stadium in Nurnberg is booked.
Nominate Perry and you get Jeb Bush or vice versa.
Heaven help this country if he actually wins.
I live in Texas and having Perry as president would be a disaster for our country.
Great! He can solve our nation's problems with prayer. He asked Texans to pray for rain, and our drought only got worse. He held a big prayer meeting, and the economy only tanked.
Just what we need. Another mindless hypocritical opportunistic Texas governor who wants to be president. Didn't the last one do enough damage?
No more Texan Idiot....o.k,
Great, maybe some Americans will be reminded of George W. Bush and that he destoyed this country.
Why can't these yahoos ever say anything definitive? It's always "a major speech to hint at his intention to maybe make a decision to give a major speech at a later date, etc." ad nauseam. No doubt it has something to do with money.
Oh, Lord. God is sending us another presidential candidate from Texas.
That would rate as a first for him.
YAY, another generic [insert party affiliation here] candidate who will REALLY do what [he/she] says!
I'm from Texas. Please don't vote for this guy. Fiscal responsibility is not his forte.
Case in point: His rented mansion costing Texas taxpayers $10,000 a month.
Glory to God!!!
OH BOY!! Here comes another one!!! Let's secede from the Union and be one big happy family. He is talking about all the red states of course! He will even give Todd a cabinet post or ambassador of Russia since he lives so close to them and who knows maybe Sarah will be Secretariat er um Secretary of State.
According to Governor Perry, the invisible man in the sky is the only solution for America. So, why do we need him? For that matter, why do we evern need an election?
No doubt some weird teagagger vision from God directly to him.
What a yutz.
First he writes a book about how much he hates the federal government, then he wants to be head of the federal government. Riiiiiiiight! This guy will do worse things on purpose than W did by accident! But the TP's will love him, and Obama will flatten him in the election, so maybe this isn't so bad after all.
"Governor Good Hair" is the latest politician with a colossal ego, brimming with testosterone, who thinks he and Jesus can turn everything around for our country. He's just another cynical hack who has conned a lot of folks into believing in him. C'mon folks. Tell this buffoon to stay put in Austin. Better yet, my fellow Texans, give this guy what he really deserves: A cane pole and a bucket of works and tell him to take a hike!
This guy is the worst Governor ever, and just as divisive as Palin, Bachman, etc; Even the republicans in Texas don't like him that much. Luckily, I doubt he can win, and maybe when he runs he'll quit as governor and end our misery.
Can wait to see him and Bachmann fight over who is the most Christian.
A vote for Perry is a vote for theocracy
Another republican lunatic plans to enter the fray. How proud the republicans must be to have this crowd speaking for them...anti immigration, anti minoirty, anti gay, anti women, the list just goes on and on. I hope that a litmus test for all of these people is that they agree to a) refuse the goverrnment medical plan, social security and any other entitlements they would be entitled to. Also, they have already (most) signed up to defend marriage, how long before Grover gets to them?
After all the republicans haven't done enough to this country. The stock market is still at 10,000 plus. There are still public schools to trash and some unions. They have so much work left to destroy the American middle class and so little time.
Let's see, a Texas Governor as President? HELP!!!!!!!!
This guy's a DB. God help us.
I can not wait ! As a Texan I can not wait for the national media to hone into Perry's personal life (his boyfriends) and the kickbacks and payoffs he gets as gov.