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Rick Perry to Announce GOP Candidacy Saturday

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He will reportedly hit the campaign trail next week.

A spokesman for Texas Gov. Rick Perry confirmed Thursday that Perry will indeed be running for president. The formal announcement is allegedly set to take place this Saturday.

Perry will make "a definitive announcement that he is in the 2012 race for the presidency Saturday," aides reportedly told Fox News.

This statement appears far more significant sounding than past indications from the Perry camp that the governor might be seeking to run for president.

FN  adds that one source said "this is it," and that there would be no exploratory committee, nor further deliberation.

Perry will reportedly spend most of next week on the campaign trail.

With the GOP debate set to take place Thursday night and the pending announcement of Rick Perry's presidential bid, this could be a bumpy ride.

Are you glad to learn Perry is throwing his hat in the ring and do you think him a formidable candidate? Please weigh in.

Watch the AP report below:

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