Tribune reporter and veteran Perry watcher Jay Root is in Charleston, S.C., covering the governor's presidential campaign announcement speech before the RedState Gathering of more than 300 conservative bloggers. He's posting video clips and photos from the event. Check back here for frequent updates.
Dorothy, we're not in Paint Creek anymore — surveying the scene outside the hotel where Perry will make his announcement.
The line to get into the hotel ballroom for the Perry speech.
Faux Rick Perry secessionist fans outside the hotel. Will all his talk of secession from the union turn off voters in....the union?
The crowd watches as Perry delivers his speech.
The crowd reacting to Perry's speech as the newly-minted 2012 presidential candidate exits the stage.
The new candidate works the crowd with Anita and his entourage.