Will Rick Perry Save the Day for the GOP?

While the majority of announced GOP candidates will be competing in the Ames Straw Poll in Iowa today, Texas Governor Rick Perry will be in South Carolina telling the RedState Gathering that he’s in the race.

How will his announcement change the dynamics of the race? Republicans across the country not happy with any of the current entrants have been waiting for Perry.

But will he have the strength and necessary fundraising to surpass Mitt Romney or even Michele Bachmann? Time will tell.

What others are saying about Perry:

Perry’s 2012 GOP entry could overshadow Iowa poll
CHARLESTON, S.C. — Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s jump into the Republican presidential race Saturday promises to jolt the crowded field and threatens to cast a shadow all the way back to the Midwest, site of an important early test of his rivals’ strength.
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Perry called a ‘game changer’ in crowded GOP race
Houston Chronicle
Few Republicans — or independent political analysts — would disagree with Adams’ contention that Perry’s entry into the 2012 presidential contest will shake up the GOP field and add a burst of excitement to a race dismissed by many insiders as lackluster. But there is no guarantee the heralded entrant will live up to his advance notice as the savior of the Republican Party.
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Perry presidential bid: From theory to fact
The Lone Star state could also be something of a problem for Perry. Some voters might compare Perry to his predecessor as governor, George W. Bush, who left the White House an unpopular figure, even among Republicans who criticized his spending record.
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Perry enters race to strong opposition over his Texas record
The Hill
Signals indicate that Perry, who describes himself in the first line of his official bio as “a fifth generation Texan,” can expect to take some hits from his home state thanks to his 11-year tenure in the governor’s mansion and plenty of opposition built-up along the way.
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