Perry to make 2012 intentions clear Saturday
August 8th, 2011
03:12 PM ET
11 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. DJH

    They're meeting here in SC because the stadium in Nurnberg is booked.

    August 8, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Nominate Perry and you get Jeb Bush or vice versa.

    August 8, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  3. MenaC

    Heaven help this country if he actually wins.

    August 8, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  4. Former Republican, but never again!

    I live in Texas and having Perry as president would be a disaster for our country.

    August 8, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  5. JennyTX

    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.

    August 8, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  6. Joe

    Just what we need. Another mindless hypocritical opportunistic Texas governor who wants to be president. Didn't the last one do enough damage?

    August 8, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  7. diridi

    No more Texan Idiot....o.k,

    August 8, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Great, maybe some Americans will be reminded of George W. Bush and that he destoyed this country.

    August 8, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  9. steven harnack

    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.

    August 8, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  10. Steve

    Oh, Lord. God is sending us another presidential candidate from Texas.

    August 8, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  11. SDN

    That would rate as a first for him.

    August 8, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  12. Chris

    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.

    August 8, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  13. Pastor Evans

    Glory to God!!!

    August 8, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  14. nagrom

    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.

    August 8, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  15. Brooklyn Boy

    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?

    August 8, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  16. repuklican

    No doubt some weird teagagger vision from God directly to him.

    What a yutz.

    August 8, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  17. GonzoinHouston

    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.

    August 8, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  18. GB in Kansas

    "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!

    August 8, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  19. Gregory G Wied Jr

    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.

    August 8, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  20. Mack

    Can wait to see him and Bachmann fight over who is the most Christian.

    August 8, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  21. Mike

    A vote for Perry is a vote for theocracy

    August 8, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  22. Irene Miscione

    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.

    August 8, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  23. De javu

    Let's see, a Texas Governor as President? HELP!!!!!!!!

    August 8, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  24. me

    This guy's a DB. God help us.

    August 8, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  25. Todd

    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.

    August 8, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
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