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Aggieland Reacts to Governor Perry's Presidential Bid

Governor Rick Perry will announce a run for the presidency at an event Saturday in South Carolina.

Originally he was just expected to "make his intentions clear", but now that has turned into a full blown announcement.

Perry will be spending the weekend in South Carolina and New Hampshire; two key early primary states.

Perry was once a yell leader at A&M and has strong connections to his alma mater.

So you can imagine the positive reaction from Aggies.

But as News 3 found out, not all the news is positive.

Governor Rick Perry is following in the footsteps of former Governor George W. Bush with a race to the White House.

He's the first Aggie ever to run for President.

"My first reaction was being surprised but I'm also very happy to hear that because I'd love to have an Aggie be a president and run for president," said Allie Freiwald, a sophomore at Texas A&M and Colorado native.

"I'm sure he'll have a lot of people's support and really be successful," she said.

Others like Bryan resident Lindsey Bertrand wonder how the governor will be received on a national scene.

"I think on some issues there will be challenges just like everything else but I hope he'll represent Texas in a good way," said Bertrand.

Roland S. Martin is a former Texas A&M student and a political analyst for CNN.

He points out that just because you are an Aggie doesn't mean you'll vote for Perry.

"Governor Perry is going to have to deal with some of the comments that he's made in the past like seceding from the union that's one of the issues, he's going to have to defend his whole bill of actually allowing guns on college campuses and so he is taking some hardline positions," said Martin.

"You'll pay a lot more attention to the politics in the world when you have a fellow Aggie up there running for president," said Allie Freiwald.

Governor Perry is expected to make his big announcement at an event in South Carolina on Saturday and will be traveling to Iowa on Sunday. One thing he'll likely focus on is Texas' economy which has been able to add more jobs in recent years than any other state.

Governor Perry is expected to rank high among G.O.P. contenders because of strong support from Republicans as well as the Tea Party movement.


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