Aug. 13 - Texas Governor Rick Perry launches 2012 presidential bid. Katharine Jackson reports.
Texas Governor Rick Perry enters the race for president. (SOUNDBITE) (English) TEXAS GOVERNOR RICK PERRY SAYING: "It is time to get America working again. That's why with the support of my family and an unwavering belief in the goodness of America, I declare to you today as a candidate for president of the United States." Raised on a west Texas farm, the staunch conservative is a critic of federal power, an opponent of abortion rights and gay marriage and has made his Christian faith part of his public image. A three-term governor, Perry touts a pro-business record of job growth in Texas. (SOUNDBITE) (English) TEXAS GOVERNOR RICK PERRY SAYING: "You know, page one of any economic plan to get America working is to give a pink slip to the current residents in the White House." Opinion polls indicate Perry is close on the heels of former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, the early front-runner to win the Republican nomination to face Democratic President Barack Obama in 2012. Katharine Jackson, Reuters.