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BY ZACH TOOMBS

 

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Will he or won’t he? That’s the question people have been asking about Texas Governor Rick Perry’s possible run for the Republican presidential nomination all summer. But come Saturday, Perry might finally have an answer to that question. Key word: might.
CNN reports.

 

“What has been said through various sources to CNN is that the Texas governor is expected to make a pretty serious announcement this weekend in South Carolina. If not actually throwing his hat into the ring, he may just leave no doubt that he’s running for president this weekend at this event in South Carolina.”

 

Perry’s entrance into the Republican field would likely cause quite the stir. The Texas governor of 10 years could become Mitt Romney’s main challenger and someone who could appeal to voters on the political right. MSNBC has the latest poll results.

 

“Take a look at the latest rankings from the Republican candidates as they match up with President Obama. Mitt Romney with 24 percent, Rick Perry with 17, Ron Paul 14 and Michelle Bachmann with 13 percent. And Governor Perry will make a major speech Saturday, the same day as the Ames Straw Poll.

 

And with Perry’s speech coinciding with the straw poll, pundits are pondering whether the move is an attempt to upstage the results of the poll. Shira Toeplitz of Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper, weighs in on Perry’s timing.

 

Toeplitz: “I think it’s interesting that Rick Perry chose this weekend, of all weekends…”
Chris Jansing: “It’s just coincidental.”
Toeplitz: “Yeah, total coincidence. I mean, he couldn’t do these events on Sunday or Monday or any other day this week. And it’s particularly interesting to me, too, because Rick Perry’s the kind of candidate who could compete well in Iowa, and I think there is room for someone like him in the field and Michelle Bachmann.”

 

Even if he does enter the race, Perry wouldn’t be the only Republican presidential hopeful not present in the straw poll on Saturday. Romney and former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman have chosen not to participate, leaving candidates like Michelle Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty to duke it out.

 

Some, including Stephen Colbert question the poll’s significance altogether.

 

“Now, the straw poll is a six-hour festival of food, beer, and a non-binding pre-electoral process that has no connection to the Iowa Caucus. Whoever wins the straw poll will have a massive symbolic victory that will propel them to the White House. Just ask past winners: President Pat Robertson, President Bob Dole and President Phil Gramm.”

 

Perry’s speech on Saturday in South Carolina will be followed by a trip to other early key Republican primary states. Politico has the details.

 

Immediately following his speech in South Carolina, Perry will make his New Hampshire debut at a house party at the Portsmouth-area home of a state representative, Pamela Tucker, the Union Leader reported Monday. Tucker was among the Granite Staters who went to Texas last week to encourage Perry to run.
Perry is expected to head to Iowa in the days following his New Hampshire trek, too...

 

 

Perry won’t be part of the Republican debate this Thursday in Iowa either, though it looks like the Texas governor could steal the spotlight again by the end of the week.  

 

Transcript by Newsy. 
 

Will He or Won’t He? Perry to Announce Intentions Saturday

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Aug 9, 2011

Will He or Won’t He? Perry to Announce Intentions Saturday

Image Source: The Dallas Morning News

 

 

BY ZACH TOOMBS

 

You're watching multisource politics video news analysis from Newsy. 

 

Will he or won’t he? That’s the question people have been asking about Texas Governor Rick Perry’s possible run for the Republican presidential nomination all summer. But come Saturday, Perry might finally have an answer to that question. Key word: might.
CNN reports.

 

“What has been said through various sources to CNN is that the Texas governor is expected to make a pretty serious announcement this weekend in South Carolina. If not actually throwing his hat into the ring, he may just leave no doubt that he’s running for president this weekend at this event in South Carolina.”

 

Perry’s entrance into the Republican field would likely cause quite the stir. The Texas governor of 10 years could become Mitt Romney’s main challenger and someone who could appeal to voters on the political right. MSNBC has the latest poll results.

 

“Take a look at the latest rankings from the Republican candidates as they match up with President Obama. Mitt Romney with 24 percent, Rick Perry with 17, Ron Paul 14 and Michelle Bachmann with 13 percent. And Governor Perry will make a major speech Saturday, the same day as the Ames Straw Poll.

 

And with Perry’s speech coinciding with the straw poll, pundits are pondering whether the move is an attempt to upstage the results of the poll. Shira Toeplitz of Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper, weighs in on Perry’s timing.

 

Toeplitz: “I think it’s interesting that Rick Perry chose this weekend, of all weekends…”
Chris Jansing: “It’s just coincidental.”
Toeplitz: “Yeah, total coincidence. I mean, he couldn’t do these events on Sunday or Monday or any other day this week. And it’s particularly interesting to me, too, because Rick Perry’s the kind of candidate who could compete well in Iowa, and I think there is room for someone like him in the field and Michelle Bachmann.”

 

Even if he does enter the race, Perry wouldn’t be the only Republican presidential hopeful not present in the straw poll on Saturday. Romney and former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman have chosen not to participate, leaving candidates like Michelle Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty to duke it out.

 

Some, including Stephen Colbert question the poll’s significance altogether.

 

“Now, the straw poll is a six-hour festival of food, beer, and a non-binding pre-electoral process that has no connection to the Iowa Caucus. Whoever wins the straw poll will have a massive symbolic victory that will propel them to the White House. Just ask past winners: President Pat Robertson, President Bob Dole and President Phil Gramm.”

 

Perry’s speech on Saturday in South Carolina will be followed by a trip to other early key Republican primary states. Politico has the details.

 

Immediately following his speech in South Carolina, Perry will make his New Hampshire debut at a house party at the Portsmouth-area home of a state representative, Pamela Tucker, the Union Leader reported Monday. Tucker was among the Granite Staters who went to Texas last week to encourage Perry to run.
Perry is expected to head to Iowa in the days following his New Hampshire trek, too...

 

 

Perry won’t be part of the Republican debate this Thursday in Iowa either, though it looks like the Texas governor could steal the spotlight again by the end of the week.  

 

Transcript by Newsy. 
 

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