Spokesman says Perry running for president

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Gov. Rick Perry waits to be called on stage at the Response gathering in Houston on Saturday. Perry's spokesman said Thursday that Perry is running for president.

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Gov. Rick Perry is running for president. That's the word from Perry spokesman Mark Miner.

Miner is telling The Associated Press that Perry will announce his intentions to run for the GOP nomination on Saturday as he visits early primary states of South Carolina and New Hampshire.

Perry's candidacy is likely to shake the GOP field.

His entrance into the field comes a day after a debate in Iowa and on the same day as his rivals participate in a test vote in the leadoff caucus state.