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    Rick Perry to Announce 2012 Bid

    FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2011, file photo Texas Gov. Rick Perry gives a thumbs up as he takes the stage at The Response, a call to prayer for a nation in crisis in Houston. The GOP electorate has made clear in polls that it wants more choices, perhaps a conservative who is strong both on economic and social issues, leading Perry to consider a White House bid. A nationally televised debate, a test vote in Iowa and a candidacy by Perry, should he decide to seek the GOP nomination, could shake up the Republican presidential race in the coming days. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

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    Texas Gov. Rick Perry will announce his plans for a presidential run during a speech in Charleston, S.C., on Saturday, sources told Politico. Though sources could not confirm whether he will formally enter the race on Saturday, his decision to reveal his 2012 plans on the same day as the Ames straw poll in Iowa will inevitably affect poll results. After speaking in South Carolina, he plans to make his first trip to New Hampshire for a house party at the home of state Rep. Pamela Tucker, who urged Perry to run while visiting Texas last week. He is expected to head west to Iowa following his New Hampshire debut.

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