Texas Gov. Rick Perry tossed his cowboy hat into the ring Saturday, putting his undefeated political record on the line in his first presidential rodeo.

Perry declared his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination with guns blazing. After posting the announcement on his website, he told South Carolina voters in a conference call that he’s ready for a showdown with President Obama.

“I full well believe I’m going to win,” he said.

The announcement came ahead of a 1 p.m. planned speech at a RedState Gathering of conservative activists in Charleston, South Carolina.

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