Perry To Announce On Saturday
Rick Perry intends to use a speech in South Carolina on Saturday to make clear that he’s running for president, POLITICO has learned.
According to two sources familiar with the plan, the Texas governor will remove any doubt about his White House intentions during his appearance at a RedState conference in Charleston.
It’s uncertain whether Saturday will mark a formal declaration, but Perry’s decision to disclose his intentions the same day as the Ames straw poll — and then hours later make his first trip to New Hampshire — will send shock waves through the race and upend whatever results come out of the straw poll.
Immediately following his speech in South Carolina, Perry will make his New Hampshire debut at a house party at the Portsmouth-area home of a state representative, Pamela Tucker, the Union Leader reported Monday. Tucker was among the Granite Staters who went to Texas last week to encourage Perry to run.
The timing looks good politically. Since Perry didn’t campaign for the Iowa Straw Poll, he’s highly unlikely to win… most commentators think Michele Bachmann is likely to walk off with the win, but Perry’s same-day announcement will soak up at least some of the news cycle, taking some of the shine off that victory. Hitting both South Carolina and New Hampshire on that day will also help his campaigns in those important states, especially since the winner of the South Carolina GOP primary has always gone on to be the GOP nominee, for better or for worse.