One day after Iowa Republicans hold their straw poll in Ames on Saturday, Texas Governor Rick Perry will arrive to speak at an event in Waterloo. Despite his visit in Iowa, he will not participate in the Saturday straw poll. However, he is supposed to make an announcement this weekend on whether he will run for president in 2012.
Perry has effectively overshadowed the event with major speeches on the same day in New Hampshire and South Carolina, the first two states scheduled to hold 2012 GOP presidential primaries.
Republican operatives and Perry loyalists expect the Texas governor to formally announce his candidacy next week — “he’s ready to pull the trigger,” one Perry donor said — but he’s using the intervening days to overshadow the rest of the presidential field.
In June 2011, Perry made perhaps the clearest sign yet that he may be more serious about seeking the presidential office in 2012. He appeared on the Fox News Channel and told host Neil Cavuto that he was “certainly giving it the appropriate thought process.” Referring to his previous statements not running.
Cavuto asked Perry what had changed. He responded, “Six weeks ago, this was not on my radar…” But since then, his wife and supporters have asked him “to give this a second thought” as “our country is in trouble.”By: Rob Adams
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