Rick Perry: The Missing Man?

Does a Republican candidate have to be dull? Rick Perry spoke at the Republican Leadership Conference over the weekend in New Orleans, and he packed a ton of energy.

A favorite of the tea-party movement, Perry is a strong proponent of states' rights and an object of yearning for some Republicans unmoved by the current crop of contenders. As soon as Texas Gov. Rick Perry uttered the last phrase of his blistering attack on President Obama at the Republican Leadership Conference on Saturday, the chant began: "Run, Rick, run!"

Perry, 61, did not tell the crowd of nearly 2,000 conservative activists that he will run for president - that decision is pending - but he looked and sounded like a candidate.