Texas governor Rick Perry enters presidential race
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Texas officially announced Saturday that he is running for as a . In a speech before the convention in South Carolina, Perry said "It is time to get America working again. That's why with the support of my family and an unwavering belief in the goodness of America, I declare to you today my candidacy for president of the United States."
The announcement, which coincides with the nonbinding Iowa, follows months of media speculation and reports from earlier in the week that Perry planned to enter the race Saturday. Other candidates include former Massachusetts Mitt Romney, Representative of Minnesota, businessman of Georgia and Representative Ron Paul of Texas. Early polls place Perry in second place, just behind Romney, who analysts consider a "weak" frontrunner for the nomination.in
Perry, 61, has served as Governor of Texas since late 2000 when former President George W. Bush stepped down following his election as president. Two years later, Perry was in his own right, and was re-elected twice in , and in following a primary battle with Senator . He has never lost a political election.
Perry is expected to run as an outsider to Washington politics, though, he is likely to be compared to former President George W. Bush, who served as governor of Texas before becoming president. However, in recent years, Perry has been increasingly critical of the spending policies under Bush, and relations between their aides have been strained.
Nonetheless, Perry has reserved most of his political criticism for President Barack Obama. In allusion to Obama, Perry commented Saturday that "Page one of any economic plan to get American working is to give a pink slip to the current residents in the White House."
As president, Perry states that he would reverse, simplify the tax system, and cut government spending.
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