Despite reports suggesting Texas Gov. Rick Perry will enter the race for the GOP presidential nomination this weekend in South Carolina, a Perry spokesman says he is still considering whether or not to run.

“The Governor is not a candidate for office at this time,” Perry spokesman Mark Miner said in a statement. “With President Obama’s dismal economic record, and Texas’ success in creating jobs and balancing our budget, Governor Perry continues to consider a potential run for the White House. Stay tuned.”

Reports Monday indicated that Perry will announce his final decision during a RedState conference appearance in Charleston Saturday before heading to Iowa and New Hampshire.

Perry’s team has long maintained that the Texas governor would make a decision on whether he will run within a week to 10 days after the Iowa Straw poll in Ames – which takes place Saturday. A simultaneous announcement from Perry in South Carolina would directly challenge the attention of prospective voters and signal that he is serious about winning the nomination.

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