Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the closing of The Response, a day long prayer and fast rally Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011, at Reliant Stadium in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
August 13, 2011 9:52:44 AM PDT
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -August 13, 2011 --
Texas Gov. Rick Perry joined the 2012 GOP race for president Saturday with an announcement sure to reverberate halfway across the country as his rivals competed in Iowa for the support of party activists.