On Saturday, Texas Governor Rick Perry will give a speech from South Carolina, in which he will make clear his intention to seek the Republican nod for the 2012 Presidential nomination, CNN reported.
“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,” the article read. “A formal declaration of candidacy is expected sometime before Labor Day, but Perry’s advisers have not revealed a specific announcement date.”
The previously undeclared Perry has enjoyed high name recognition and favorability among Republicans and Republican-leaning Independents, according to Gallup. In fact, as of July 18-31, the dates covered by the above poll, Perry was ranked with businessman Herman Cain for having the highest overall Positive Intensity Scores: “If they could hold these while becoming better known, they could become formidable challengers for the nomination — a goal that seems more achievable for Perry because of his already strong positioning on the GOP ballot.”
Perry, the Nation’s longest-serving Governor, could garner support from other GOP Governors, who have signaled that they want to back a candidate with governing experience. In addition, Perry “initiated” a prayer rally on Saturday, called “The Response,” which one blogger called “surely one of the most egregiously sectarian and transparently partisan” prayer rallies in history, but the event will certainly please evangelical voters.
At least one Texas columnist has made an early attempt to quell would-be comparisons between Perry and another former Texas Governor-turned Presidential candidate, George W. Bush: “Don’t assume that because Bush and Perry served together in the Capitol, or because they’re both Republican Texans who wear boots, the two men have a lot in common. They don’t.”
“When Perry ran for lieutenant governor, in 1998, Bush’s camp wanted everyone on the ticket to run positive races; the Perry team defied the order, and ever since, relations have been frosty,” the article read. “There is one other critical difference. Bush lost his first race, for Congress. Perry has won every race he’s ever run.”