CHARLESTON, S.C., Aug. 13 (UPI) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry, after unofficially announcing his candidacy for president, plans to make his official entry into the crowded Republican field Saturday.
Perry is set to announce he is seeking the Republican nomination in a 1 p.m. speech in South Carolina before the conservative RedState Gathering, USA Today reported. His timing appears designed to draw attention away from the Iowa straw poll.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley told activists at the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston they have a “superstar” appearing before them. She later backtracked a bit, telling reporters the Republican field is full of superstars.
Perry has done well in polls of Republican voters when his candidacy was uncertain. He appears to appeal to many voters because he combines more than 10 years as Texas governor with the values of the party’s Christian evangelical wing.
But Perry also comes from the same state as President George W. Bush, which could turn off many voters, including some Republicans.