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Governor Rick Perry to make clear his plans to run for President

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Months of political speculation may come to an end Saturday in South Carolina, where Governor Rick Perry is expected to make it clear that he will make a run at the presidency.

Those close to Perry, indicate the Republican will use a conservative gathering to outline his plans to seek the republican nomination, which comes as no surprise to some GOP supporters.

"He walks into the room and people just gravitate toward him," Dallas County Republican Chairman, Jonathan Neerman said.

Neerman says Perry's personality and his strong track record for creating jobs will sell well across the nation.

"He can talk about job creation and keeping taxes lower and helping businesses create jobs."

Job growth is expected to be Perry's platform on the presidential circuit, as he tries to convince republican voters that he is the right choice in an ever-widening field of candidates.

Unlike some of his opponents, Governor Perry already has spent time in the national spotlight. Last week, he spearheaded a Christian rally in Houston, but some analysts say he may not be ready for the national scrutiny.

"He has never had to campaign in this way before. We will have to see if his message appeals outside of the southern states," UTA political analyst, Michael Moore, said.

Experts point out that Perry has never lost a political race, often winning support not only on economic, but social issues. Some lawmakers think he was already laying the groundwork last session, advancing a conservative agenda in the legislature.

"He was an absentee governor," State Senator, Wendy Davis, said.

The democratic lawmaker says voters may not be so keen on Perry, when they see the rest of his record.

"Texas has another story to tell about a lack of education funding and the rising cost of a college education."

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