Rick Perry running for president

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry at his prayer rally Saturday in Houston.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry at his prayer rally Saturday in Houston.
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Texas Gov. Rick Perry is running for president, NBC News can confirm. Perry (and that’s Perry with an ‘E’ not an ‘A’) plans to make the formal announcement this Saturday. He’s making visits to early primary states South Carolina and New Hampshire.

Fellow GOP hopefuls made the pilgrimage to Iowa for tonight’s big debate and the Ames Straw Poll on Saturday. Though, Sarah Palin just schlepped it to the Hawkeye State for the fried food at the state fair. (And can we blame her? Fried butter-on-a-stick, people).

So just who is Perry? Even before news of his 2012 bid, Perry grabbed headlines for hosting controversial prayer rally. Think Progress also assembled a top 10 list of things Perry doesn’t want you to know about his tenure as governor.

How will his candidacy shake up the GOP field? Tweet me your thoughts or leave a comment in the section below.

Rick Perry and Sarah Palin

Rick Perry running for president

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