Update as of 6:39 a.m. EDT: Former Texas governor Rick Perry officially announced his run for the 2016 presidential election on Thursday.
In a video posted on his website, Perry said, "It's going to be a 'show me, don't tell me' election, where voters will look past what you say to what you've done."
Perry enters a hotly contested field for the GOP nomination, which includes figures like Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee and potentially Jeb Bush.
Former Texas governor Rick Perry is set to launch his second presidential campaign on Thursday, the Associated Press reported.
An unnamed adviser to Perry told AP that the former governor will announce his bid in Dallas, four years after his presidential campaign, which saw him quickly become the front-runner for the 2012 Republican nomination before his infamous “oops” moment on national television in 2011, where he forgot the name of a federal agency he vowed to close if elected.
Since then, Perry has focused on rebranding his image, coming across as a “substantially different, versed candidate,” as he told the Washington Post in a December interview. He added that any other politician who saw his/her campaign crash so quickly might “scurry off to the quietness and the comfort of some obscure place, and I wasn’t interested in doing that. I think that this country is begging for leadership.”
Perry left the governor’s office after 14 years in the post. He was set to seek another term, but his ambitions were curtailed by two felony indictments for publicly threatening, and then following through with, a 2013 veto of state funding for public prosecutors. Perry has pleaded not guilty to both counts and has dismissed the case as a “witch hunt.” On the other hand, Perry is credited with helping create over a third of America’s new private sector jobs since 2001, which were largely drawn from Texas' oil-and-gas boom.