A top staffer, Mark Miner, for the Texas governor has confirmed today that the Rick Perry for President 2012 campaign will be announced this Saturday during a speech in South Carolina. Rumors and hints that Rick Perry will run for president have been floating around for weeks now. So this news is hardly a surprise. In fact, it barely qualifies as news! That Rick Perry wants to challenge Barack Obama for the White House is something that has been building up for at least the past year, if not two years. What impact this will have on GOP front runners Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann could be profound, as they, and six other candidates, prepare for a televised GOP debate in Iowa tonight. Many in Iowa are already upset that Perry is making his announcement in South Carolina the same day as the Ames, Iowa Straw Poll this Saturday.
Many Republicans see Rick Perry as the cross-over candidate, capable of unifying the Establishment and Tea Party wings of the GOP. Conservatives, Evangelical Christians, Pro-Gun Right supporters and many other factions within the Grand Old Party can all find something in Perry to please them. Texas has fared better than most states during the recession thanks to Perry towing the line on solid free market principles. Critics will point to how many of the jobs are low wage ones, but one must also look at the large number of companies that have moved to Texas, fleeing states like California and New York in search of lower taxes.
So while news that the Rick Perry for President 2012 campaign will be launched Saturday in South Carolina is not unexpected, it is warmly greeted by everyone. Almost everyone. Certainly Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann are unhappy about Rick Perry running for President. Barack Obama should also worry about Perry tossing Obama out of the White House. The Far-Left has already begun its attacks on the Texas governor, calling him stupid and such. I wonder how long it will be before we see leaked memos saying ″Kill Perry″ instead of ″Kill Romney″ from the Obama campaign?