Jeff Zeleny, NYT
Gov. Rick Perry of Texas delivered a long-distance jolt to the Republican presidential campaign on Monday by signaling that he intends to join the race and visit South Carolina and New Hampshire on Saturday, the same day his rivals are battling for survival in the Iowa Straw Poll.Mr. Perry has flirted with the notion of running for months, but his decision comes as the Republican field tries to respond to a downgrade in the nation’s credit rating, a collapse in the financial markets and a sustained period of high unemployment. These troubles have created an opening for his candidacy.