Perry to make 2012 intentions clear Saturday
August 8th, 2011
03:12 PM ET
3 years ago

Perry to make 2012 intentions clear Saturday

(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.


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soundoff (164 Responses)
  1. Steve

    Ricky Perry is one dumb SOB (check is Texas A&M transcripts). He makes George W. Bush look like a Rhodes Scholar. Don't make that mistake twice people.

    August 8, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  2. JJ

    Perry should just continue sticking his head in the toilet and swallowing. He has zero chance of getting anywhere near the WH, for the simple reason that NO ONE has ANY interesting in putting yet ANOTHER Texas dimwit in the Oval Office.

    August 8, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  3. keith

    I'm embarassed that this moron comes from Texas.....he's screwed up Texas so now he has his eyes on further screwing up the United States as a whole.....we already know what an idiot it, time to let him further embarass himself and show people what a real idiot he is

    August 8, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The country did so well after the last governer from Texas - Not! This one has demonstrated that he is too close to violating laws seperating religion and state. I find that worrisome because a country such as ours should not be allowed to have a state religion because there are so many here.

    August 8, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  5. George

    This guy is a joke!

    August 8, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  6. Texan

    I'm sorry Governor Perry would not prove to be a good GOP candidate. The state's budget is $20 billion in the red, low education numbers across the board, and he either dodges debates or simply fails at them.

    Look elsewhere.

    August 8, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  7. George Dubya

    This guy is a joke!

    August 8, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  8. Dave from GA

    Okay okay good.... Please make sure to keep religion and politic separated. If you want to talk religion, just go somewhere like a church or private room. If you want to talk politic, go to a public place like city hall or capital hill to express your views. Please keep separated religion/politic on your mind when doing anything in public.

    August 8, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  9. phillip

    Your are looking at the next president of the US. Thank God Mr. Perry. Throw this clown out of office before there is nothing left. I'm starting to actually believe Obama is the antichrist.

    August 8, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  10. Jakebob

    Oh there you are Perry.

    August 8, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  11. mb2010a

    I am from Texas and I wish to formally announce that I will NOT be supporting Rick Perry for president, and neither will thousands of other Texans...

    August 8, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  12. Jeff in Virginia

    It is apparent that CNN's Peter Hamby can't wait.

    August 8, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  13. bayley12

    Gads!! Not another right winger who thinks that he knows what is best for all of us and intends to cram it down our throats.

    August 8, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  14. John in AZ

    Another extremist...where are the centrist Republicans?

    August 8, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  15. ThinkAgain

    What, Perry left a message for Jesus and is waiting to hear back from Him?

    August 8, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  16. Rev Mkell,

    What he needs to pray some more? Tell me, laws that go against his religious views, such as abortion or gays in the military, would he, as the Prez, fight to defend these laws?

    August 8, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  17. Me

    Has he forgotten that it was a Republican Texas Governor that got us into this mess? America certainly hasn't.

    August 8, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  18. WLZ

    Great news! He brings commitment and values that we as a country need! God Speed!

    August 8, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  19. kurtinco

    God help the United States if we elect another Texas, evangelical cowboy as president. America just can't be that effin stupid.

    August 8, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  20. GI Joe

    I guess it's taken this long to round up all his "girlfriends" and get them paid off so they don't tell about their affairs with him. His wife knows - typical republican "family values" (as long as only GOD knows, it's obviously OK for him).

    August 8, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  21. kurtinco

    God help the United States if we elect another Texas, evangelical cowboy as president. America just can't be that stupid.

    August 8, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  22. A Repulbican

    He'll get in and then his bones will come out of the closet and he wont get the nomination. I've seen this stroy before!

    August 8, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  23. El Kababa

    Rick Perry is a $3,000 suit with nothing inside. He is the only man in Texas less qualified that George W. Bush to be President. As a patriotic Liberal, I pray nightly for a Bachman-Perry ticket in 2012.

    August 8, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  24. WLZ

    Good news. He brings commitment and valued that we as country need! God Speed and good luck!!

    August 8, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  25. JT

    I don't think I can vote for a nut like this guy whose solution to all problems is to pray about it.

    August 8, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
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