Former Texas Governor Rick Perry (R-TX) announced on June 4, 2015 that he was running for President. His tweet, sent out at 11:33 am CST:

The same day in a hangar at the Addison Airport, just north of Dallas, Texas, he took the stage in front of a Lockheed C-130 Hercules (a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft) similar to ones he flew during his time in the Air Force. Perry gave a speech in which he outlined his motivation for a run:

“Many of those Americans have been knocked down and looking for a second chance. Let’s give them that second chance. Let’s give them real leadership. Let’s give them a future greater than the greatest days of our past. Let’s give them a President who leads us in the direction of our highest dreams, our best dreams, our highest hopes and our greatest promise.”

Full video of speech:

Full text of the speech here, as part of C-SPAN transcript.


In announcing his intention to seek the presidency, Perry becomes the tenth candidate to join an already diverse GOP presidential field, including Republican Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Rand Paul (R-KY), former Governors Mike Huckabee (R-AR) and George Pataki (R-NY), former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA), former pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson and former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina as declared Republican candidates.

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