Texas Governor Rick Perry will seek the 2012 Republican nomination for U.S. president, his spokesman said on Thursday.
The eventual Republican nominee will seek to deny Democratic President Barack Obama a second term in office in the November 2012 election. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is the early front-runner for the nomination but is seen as vulnerable.
“I think Perry will shoot to the top of the polls right away, and be neck and neck with Romney,” said Cal Jillson, a political scientist at Southern Methodist University in Texas.
Opinion polls put Perry in the top tier of Republican candidates. He has the political background as Texas’ longest-serving governor and fundraising acumen to be a formidable challenger to Obama. He has never lost an election.