(CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry essentially closed the door on a 2012 bid for the Republican nomination for president last week at rally held for his gubernatorial campaign.
"I have no intention to go to Washington, D.C.," Perry said, according to The Texas Tribune. He added: "Except maybe to go to a museum, like the Smithsonian."
Perry's spokesman, Mark Miner, confirmed the quote's accuracy for CNN.
Perry, the longest-serving governor in Texas history and a staunch conservative, is running for an unprecedented third term in office. He had been touted as a possible contender for the Republican Party's nomination for president in 2012.