(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.
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.
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.
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
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.
This guy is a joke!
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.
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.
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.
Oh there you are Perry.
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...
It is apparent that CNN's Peter Hamby can't wait.
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.
Another extremist...where are the centrist Republicans?
What, Perry left a message for Jesus and is waiting to hear back from Him?
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?
Has he forgotten that it was a Republican Texas Governor that got us into this mess? America certainly hasn't.
Great news! He brings commitment and values that we as a country need! God Speed!
God help the United States if we elect another Texas, evangelical cowboy as president. America just can't be that effin stupid.
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).
God help the United States if we elect another Texas, evangelical cowboy as president. America just can't be that stupid.
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!
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.
Good news. He brings commitment and valued that we as country need! God Speed and good luck!!
I don't think I can vote for a nut like this guy whose solution to all problems is to pray about it.