Texas Gov. Perry jumps into 2012 Republican race

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
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.