(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.
This is the LAST man in the U.S. that needs to be President.
Forget about a stock market rally, but now that Perry is in we can all have a totally sincere, apolitical prayer rally instead.
Perry is an excellent representative of today’s modern know-nothing obstructionist party. They refuse to believe studies or facts. They want to invent their own ideas in their own minds and disavow anything that does not agree with or go along with their ethos. Perry even suggested succession if things do not go his way. They have created a boogie man in "lefties" and they have champions of their ignorance in Beck, Hannity and Limbaugh. Arguing with them is futile, they can not see the grey......everything is black and white, right or wrong......Your either a dyed in wool far right evangelical christian or you an un-american nazi socialist communist. Is this is the kind of person we want for President?
I hope he announces he is running so he can knock Mitt Romney down a notch or two!
Why run? Can't he just pray to become president? That's how he tries to solve Texas' problems.
Rick Perry would be a terrible choice for president. I live in Texas and have been here for his entire tenure as our Governor. He is not a leader or a wise legislative voice. He is a craven sellout the absolute worst parts of our society and lives and governs through cheap distraction and base-pandering. His actual record, when held up in the light of non-Texan politics, reveals what a failure he truly is. He would do nothing but push this country on a regressive, destructive path.
Why is it news that someone is going to hint that he may run for president? I don't care until they actually run and sometimes not even then.
Oh no. He has already messed up Texas. We are trying to see how to get rid of this crook. Now he is not stopping after ruining our state. He wants to ruin the whole country. God bless America. Why do we have to get all these crooks to leadership positions ?
Wonder if he is going to pray to God that he wins
This man is scary. Running an evangelical rally violates the separation of Church and State which is so basic to our Constitution. I could see him attaneding and speaking but taking credit for leading it is really scary. He did it to get his face and name in the media and bamboozle the "faithful" into following him like sheep. We're still trying to recover from another Texas governor (GW Bush) who's decisions and decrees financially devastated this country, and millions of Americans, with his administration. What a schemer.
Just another clown in the GOP 2012 candidate clown car...
During the last Texas governor's race, Perry refused to debate his highly qualified Democratic opponent (Bill White, the former and popular mayor of Houston). He also refused to be interviewed by the editorial boards of the major Texas newspapers. That worked, he won. It will be interesting to see if that strategy works in a presidential election.
i live in texas (well, austin) and the guess of most folks is that he's too politically "dirty" to bear the scrutiny of the national/international media. oh what fun everyone would have if he forgets himself and throws his hat into the ring.
In the meanwhile he allows a Texas town to run out of water.
Another addition to the clown car that is the GOP nomination...
Why ooooh why do we want another Texan...admittedly like the 'Bushes'. I am a Christian but i certainly do not 'flaunt' it to persuade people to like me. Thought he already was not going to run....waffle, waffle, waffle...a 'Bush' of another name
Isn't this the guy who wanted Texas to seceede from the union again just a few months ago ???? Another Texan ?? ?? Another " Bible Thumper" ????
Please run for President Gov Perry. I hope you bring GW to all your rallies to remind Americans what a former Texas Governor can do for the economy!
Ideas are greatly needed and well thought out and great accomplished results are the long lasting results for the generations to come so lets all here in the usa keep an open mind so we can be accomplish citizens like we were before thank you
We need somebody who isnt afraid to stand up for God and Country.
Please run for President Gov Perry. I hope you bring GW to all your rallies to remind Americans what a Texas Governor can do for our debt problem!
Another Bible Banger - a religious fanatic ready to take more of our rights away from us. Dear GOD - if GOD tells him to run, I will know there really is no GOD!
you idiots, George W. Bush is NOT a Texan.
All you conservatives need to know that Rick Perry was Al Gores Campaign manager. Now he wants to come off as this "Constitutionalist" who wants to restore America back to it's core values. How can that be when he supported a slime ball like Gore? Our politics is fixed and these guys are all bought off by the banks at the expense of the American people. Wake Up!!
Everyone needs to relax, at this point after the mess with the debt crisis and what is happening on Wallstreet now NO Republican stands a chance next year...They have destroyed the country with their Tea Party antics, Perry can run all he wants, but his religous, racists attitudes will doom him at the polls...The only one I think that has a shot is Huntsman because he is a moderate and actually gets IT