Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry will announce he is running for President of the United States during a speech in South Carolina on Saturday, according to Politico.
Perry is the longest-serving governor in Texas history and has recently come under fire for an evangelical Christian prayer rally that he initiated in Houston. Critical observers described the event as a "campaign prop."
Perry will be disclosing his intention to run for president the same day as the influential Ames straw poll. The outcome of the poll is used to judge a campaign's ability to organize and mobilize its supporters.
After speaking in South Carolina, Perry is scheduled to arrive in New Hampshire and then head to Iowa.
A poll released June 29 showed that in a hypothetical match-up for the presidency, President Barack Obama would defeat Perry among Texas voters by a margin of 45-47 percent.