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While most eyes are on the Ames Straw Poll taking place in Iowa today, others are watching Texas Governor Rick Perry deliver his official campaign announcement in South Carolina. Here is the entire video of Perry’s announcement:

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Report from Fox News:

Texas Gov. Rick Perry tossed his cowboy hat into the ring Saturday, shaking up the GOP race as he puts his undefeated political record on the line in his first presidential rodeo.

“It is time to get America working again and that’s why with the support of my family and unwavering belief in the goodness of America, I declare to you today as a candidate for the president of the United States,” he said in a speech at a RedState Gathering of conservative activists in Charleston, South Carolina.

Before the speech, Perry told South Carolina voters on a conference call that he’s ready for a showdown with President Obama.

“I full well believe I’m going to win,” he said.

Obama’s re-election campaign immediately hit back at Perry after his speech in which the Texan ripped the president’s economic record.

“Gov. Perry’s economic policies are a carbon copy of the economic policies of Washington Republicans,” Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt said, citing Perry’s support for “cut cap and balance,” tax cuts for all Americans, among other things.

Perry has already shot to the top of the leader board in the past few weeks essentially tying Mitt Romney for the number one spot in a handful of polls.

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Nate Ashworth is the Founder and Senior Editor of Election Central. He's been blogging elections and politics for almost a decade. He started covering the 2008 Presidential Election which turned into a full-time political blog in 2012 and 2016.

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