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. Alex

    We are going to be in deep trouble if this man is elected president! I live in Texas and have witnessed first hand the damage this man has made to my state. His only concern is his bank account.

    August 8, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  2. gman21

    Perry/Palin will be the dream team for 2012.

    August 8, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  3. marianne

    once he is officially a candidate, i hope people see how he has ruined Texas...education and health are at the bottom...our schools are closing, our roads are broken...oh, but the corporations are happy because they don't pay taxes!!

    August 8, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  4. Carol

    In the footsteps of Sarah (I'm thinking about running) Palin.

    August 8, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  5. Ran Soct

    Poor Perry, not man enough to announce in Texas. Who can blame him, polling around 3% even among Texas Republicans. But let's all be honest here, he is "running" to be Vice-President hoping to bring Fundamentalist Christians to the GOP Tent. I find this funny since Perry has never played the Jesus card before, being a friend of Dorothy and all.

    I hope he does run and Texas can continue its fine tradition of getting rid of our worst governors by sending them to the White House.

    August 8, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  6. SAToday

    I would love to have him out of the Governor's mansion in Texas BUT I certainly don't want him in the White House – at least the White House does have term limits. It may be the only way to get him out of the Governor's mansion.

    August 8, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  7. Richard Wilson

    I wonder how long Mr. Perry will give us non-Christians, to leave the country? Based on the opinions of his chief supporters, his candidacy is terrifying to contemplate.

    August 8, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  8. Gatorfanatic

    Lord help us....saw his ad that's running in Iowa....nicely skewed facts.....what an idiot..and YES I live in Texas.

    August 8, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  9. BENJI

    Won't be getting my vote. He is a racist.

    August 8, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  10. PR

    GO AWAY! WE DON'T NEED ANOTHER FREAKING BIBLE-THUMPING EXTREME RIGHT-WINGER RUNNING FOR POTUS. The republican party is failing its majority by supporting this kind of moron. Go back to Texas Rick,...with all the other steers and queers.

    August 8, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    His "intentions"? Will this be in relation to his expected run for POTUS or with respect to what he plans to do about the ridiculous deficit problem he has caused in TX?

    August 8, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  12. Kevin

    WHO IS THIS KENTUCKY FRIIED TEXAN?!?!?!?!!
    LIKE WE REALLY NEED ANOTHER TEX-LONG HORN RUNNING THINGS FOR HIS BIG OIL BUDDIES!!!
    IMAGINE..IMAGINE...."IF" PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA HAD DARED TO MENTION THE WROD "SECESSION" ?!?1?!?!?!!?!?!?!
    IMAGINE!?!?!?!?!
    ALL he did was tell some Joe "SCHMOE" Wanna-be Plumber that he would see to it that he took part in the "American Dream".,,,and BAM!!! "SOCIALIST"!!! "SOCIALIST"!!!! Yet this White guy can Step off and be in the "running" after more than JUST merely uttering "SECESSION"...!?!?!
    ya gotta LOVE the United states...

    August 8, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  13. Cynthia

    My late grandmother, a staunch Texas Democrat, called Rick Perry a "greasy pea-patch Romeo" when HE was a Democrat.

    August 8, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  14. Jojo

    Not suprised at all...

    August 8, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  15. JesusHatesYou

    Go ahead, stir up the jesus freaks...we'll end up in worse shape then ever imagined.

    Really now, do you still believe in the easter bunny too?

    August 8, 2011 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  16. Rick

    Sheez Louise, just what America needs, another Dubya! Not.

    August 8, 2011 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  17. AC

    Pray for water you sinners in Texas. Perry you do not stand a chance of beans to win with the big boys. The Morons will be the sheeeeiiiiit out of you. Let's Mormans or Texas Christians, I am picking the Mormans, will beat Perry!

    August 8, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  18. SecedingfromTexas

    Guess Perry's secret trip to "somewhere in the Vail, CO" area, to attend a Koch Bros "secret" Retreat, paid off.
    Also secret is the "guest list". He didn't tell anybody where he was going. Supposedly the taxpayers did not
    pay for the "private" airplane he took, but we do pay his salary, his housing rent ($10,000/mo), and he is paid to take
    care of business here, like the firing of teachers due to his $28B deficit, our going-even-higher property taxes,
    which he claims he lowered. Haven't found anybody yet whose property taxes were lowered, but then I'm no
    millionaire. Perry for President? Only if it gets him out of Austin, and keeps him out of Washinton. That's what
    I call a great "two-fer"!

    August 8, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  19. harvey 60

    the tea party puppet. all the Republicans like NY Rep King yelling about Muslims and theocracies, so they're going to run a right-wing Christian who has no problem violating the Constitution daily, whether it be the separation of Church and State or the firing of the members of the commission examining the illegal execution of a US citizen. anyone interested in this candidacy, or any other tea party lunacy, should watch the film The Dead Zone, based on the Stephen King novel. Rick Perry and the Tea Party are cut from the same mold asGreg Stillson.

    August 8, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  20. John

    Oh goodie, a governor from Texas, this should end well.

    August 8, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  21. Positive

    Thanks, but no thanks. Gov. Succession can stay in Texas.

    August 8, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  22. Doug in NYC

    Texas needs to secure its borders! Their village idiots keep escaping!

    August 8, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  23. Jay

    Just wondering.....how did things turn out the last time we had a governor from Texas running this country?

    If I remember correctly, the guy was an idiot that started two wars and left destroying a surplus to nothing but giant deficits that will ultimately lead to programs for the middle class and poor being cut.

    You non-rich Republican supporters are too dumb to know you're putting the nails on your own coffin.

    August 8, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  24. seriously???

    Is that when Jesus tells him America needs him or not?

    August 8, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  25. StephanieG

    Yea! Go Perry! Because that last Texas governor who served as President did such a GREAT job. NOT.

    August 8, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
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