Texas Governor Rick Perry is set to announce his bid for presidency today, and if everything goes as planned, he’ll become the tenth candidate officially vying for the Republican nomination. The governor also joins a slew of candidates following a recent trend among presidential hopefuls of pre-announcing already expected announcements.
In late March, Sen. Marco Rubio appeared on Fox News to release the date on which he would be making a decision about running for president; in early May, Rick Santorum told Fox of his plans to announce his decision at the end of the month, and Rick Perry’s wife dropped the clue about her husband’s announcement date on Twitter two weeks early when she invited people to join them at an event on “the future of this great country.”
So why are so many candidates playing coy when it comes to confirming their presidential aspirations? Turns out it’s all about the Benjamins.