Texas Gov. Rick Perry is almost certain to run for president and will announce his plans at some point in the second half of August, according to a report from Erin McPike and Scott Conroy of Real Clear Politics, citing "sources familiar with his political team's planning."
Assuming the report is accurate, this would put him in the race right after the Ames Straw poll. Perry's name is not on the ballot in Ames. An unaffiliated group, Americans for Rick Perry sought a booth at Ames, but were denied a presence there. By announcing after the event, Perry would have the ability to see how the field is sorting itself out in Iowa, and he'll ensure he'll control the spotlight during the dead late August news period. This would also allow him to get into the race before Labor Day.