Perry said in a released statement fired off quickly after the news broke. Perry's campaign also released its first TV ad, an upbeat Iowa commercial touting the governor's jobs record and promising to create 2.5 million jobs by repealing regulations in oil, gas, and other energy sectors.
But Perry has a tough hill to climb. A Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday shows that Perry is in fifth place with only 4 percent of registered Republicans supporting him, behind Roney, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, and businessman Herman Cain, who leads the poll with 28 percent. But if Cain is going to come back to Earth—as most political observers assume he must—then Perry may be well-positioned to pick up his supporters, although he'll have some competition from a rising Gingrich.
The problem is the calendar. If the New Hampshire primary is on January 10, as many expect, then there's only so much time for more candidate swings. There's no evidence yet that a Perry rebound is forming, but his campaign team is getting ready if there is one.