Texas Gov. Rick Perry says that he increasingly feels “called” to run for president next year.
“I’m not ready to tell you that I’m ready to announce that I’m in,” Mr. Perry told the Des Moines Register, the biggest newspaper in Iowa, which holds the nation’s first presidential nominating contest. “But I’m getting more and more comfortable every day that this is what I’ve been called to do. This is what America needs.”
The governor’s remarks are his clearest signal yet that he will join the GOP nomination fray.
Mr. Perry, who said he would announce a decision in two to three weeks, is becoming the favorite of the Christian right, an important voter bloc for the Iowa caucuses. As The Wall Street Journal reported this weekend, Christian conservatives say Mr. Perry would be the most electable nominee who supports their values. Next month, the governor is holding a day of prayer and fasting at Houston’s Reliant Stadium. Back in April, he declared three days of prayer to end the Lone Star State’s drought.