White House intentions
The world's worst kept secret? Rick Perry plans to run for president
In what appears to be one of the world's worst kept secrets, Politico reports that Texas Gov. Rick Perry plans to run for president. The website cites two sources close to Perry who say he will announce his White House intentions Saturday at a political conference in South Carolina.
It remains uncertain whether the declaration will be formal, however.
Even so, Perry's announcement is sure to draw attention away from the winner of an important straw poll in Iowa on the same day. Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann is favored in that non-binding contest.
Adding more fuel to the speculation that Perry plans to run: Immediately following his speech in Charleston, he will make his first trip to New Hampshire, the scene of the first presidential primary next February. He will appear at a house party at the home of New Hampshire State Rep. Pamela Tucker, the Manchester Union Leader reported.
Perry plans to head to Iowa next week, Politico reported. Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina are the first three states to hold caucuses or primaries and a candidate must do well in at least two of the states to have a chance at the nomination. The GOP base is heavily conservative in all three states.
On Channel 2's Beyond the Headlines this weekend, Harris County Republican chair Jared Woodfill said he believes Perry plans to run and would be a formidable candidate because of his record of creating jobs during his tenure as governor. On Monday, Woodfill said he had not heard anything else from the Perry camp.
"However, I am 100 percent confident he will and should run," Woodfill said in an email.