Texas Gov. Rick Perry announces that he will run for the Republican presidential nomination, in Charleston, S.C., on Saturday. Richard Ellis/Getty Images hide caption itoggle caption Richard Ellis/Getty Images It's All Politics Perry Jumps Into 2012 Race Touting Texas Job Growth August 13, 2011 Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry officially declared he was seeking the White House, promising to "get America working again." While his home state has added thousands of new jobs during his tenure, the Lone Star state's economic picture is mixed.