Texas governor Rick Perry has entered the 2012 race today, with his announcement during the Iowa straw poll, a strategic move that South Carolina governor Nikki Haley called "brilliant." Perry formally announced in Charleston, South Carolina at a convention organized by right-wing site RedState.com, and thus he's proved himself as adept at sucking the attention away from Michele Bachmann, Tim Pawlenty, and the rest of the candidates as Sarah Palin. The AP reports that earlier today, "Rick Perry tells SC voters [on a conference call]: I'm running for president and 'full well believe I'm going to win.'"
Update: From Perry's Margaret Thatcher-quoting announcement (video below, courtesy of Mediaite and Fox News):
Our nation cannot and must not endure four more years of aimless foreign policy. We cannot and must not endure four more years of rising unemployment ... rising taxes ... rising debt ... and rising energy dependence on nations that intend us harm. It is time to get America working again... I will work every day to make Washington, D.C. as inconsequential in your lives as I can.
America’s place in the world is in peril, not only because of disastrous economic policies, but from the incoherent muddle known as our foreign policy. Our president has thumbed his nose at traditional allies such as Israel and Great Britain. We will not sit back and accept our current misery…because a great country requires a better direction…because a renewed nation requires a new president. That’s why, with faith in God, the support of my family, and an unwavering belief in the goodness of America, I am a candidate for President of the United States.
Well now that we (officially) know, let's look at what this means, to whom: