Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry announces the launch of his presidential campaign for the 2016 elections, Thursday, June 4, 2015, in Addison,Texas. Perry opened his second bid for the Republican presidential nomination Thursday, pledging to "end an era of failed leadership" and hoping this campaign will go better than his last one. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)

Former Gov. Rick Perry: ‘I’m running for presidency of the United States’

The governor who spent 14 years presiding over Texas launched his second bid for the Republican nomination on Thursday.

Retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson has no political background, but over the past two years has become a favorite of Tea Party voters. Carson is most known for his 2013 speech at the National Prayer Breakfast, where he harshly critiqued President Obama's tax policies and the Affordable Care Act only feet away from the president. (AP)

2016 Election: Candidates ready to run

Presidential hopefuls continue to announce their candidacy for the 2016 presidential election. Here is a breakdown of those of who officiall…