Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas
Gov. Rick Perry,R-Texas, prays during "The Response" at Reliant stadium in Houston. Perry, also a Republican candidate for the party's presidential nomination, has officially prayed for rain in drought-striken Texas. Reuters

Newly announced GOP presidential candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry launched a pair of Web videos introducing him as a candidate.

Perry announced his candidacy Saturday in South Carolina, saying: "It is time to get America working again," Perry said. "That's why with the support of my family and an unwavering belief in the goodness of America, I declare to you today my candidacy for president of the United States of America."

The first video used clips from the speech to criticize President Barack Obama and tout the governor's jobs-creation record in Texas.

The second ad, titled "Time to Get America Working Again," begins be detailing the economic woes facing the country. This video, too, slams Obama, as a narrator says, "record debt and our president's refusal to control spending led to our nation's credit rating being downgrade for the first time in history."

But, the narrator says, hope is on the horizon. The video calls Perry "America's jobs governor" and includes snippets of his biography: on the farm with his parents, learning the values of "hard work, patriotism and faith in God," an as a U.S. Air Force captain who married his "high school sweetheart," The Wall Street Journal reported.

On Monday, Perry is expected to visit the Iowa State Fair.