The NY Times: "Rick Perry to make clear that he intends to run for President"

AUSTIN, TX - Insiders are predicting that Texas Governor Rick Perry is getting closer to announcing his bid for president.

Gov. Perry is heading to New Hampshire on Saturday. The visit to the first-in-the-nation GOP primary state comes as Perry inches closer to announcing whether he will run for the Republican nomination for president.

On Monday, Perry's office gave few details of the New Hampshire visit. But according to The New York Times," Gov. Rick Perry of Texas is preparing to make clear his intentions to join the Republican presidential race on Saturday, two associates said, by visiting South Carolina and New Hampshire on the same day that several of his potential rivals are taking part in the Iowa Straw Poll."

And, according to the Associated Press, a New Hampshire GOP operative says Perry will attend a house party at the home of state Rep. Pam Tucker in Greenland, N.H. The operative was not authorized to speak publicly and requested anonymity. Perry is also scheduled to appear in early-voting South Carolina at a previously announced event.

Perry spoke to over 30,000 people at a Christian prayer rally in Houston Saturday. Perry hosted the event called The Response at Reliant Stadium.  He didn't say whether he plans to run for president.  He urged Americans to turn to God in this time of "anger in the halls of government" and "fear in the marketplace." The event drew roughly 30,000 people and was broadcast nationally on cable Christian channels and the Internet.

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