Perry 'thinking' about presidential run
May 27th, 2011
01:44 PM ET
3 years ago

Perry 'thinking' about presidential run

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Friday he will consider a run for the Republican presidential nomination.

"I'm going to think about it" after the Texas legislative session ends on Monday, Perry told reporters in Austin after a bill signing. Perry added, "But I think about a lot of things."

Perry's remarks come on the heels of a Fox News interview this week in which he admitted that he is "tempted" to run for president.

"Oh, I can't say I'm not tempted, but the fact is this is something I don't want to do," Perry said.

A spokesman for Perry's office immediately sought to walk back his comments, noting that the governor has said he has no plans to run and that his position on the matter "remains the same."

Perry has been questioned about the presidential race on a near daily basis by the dogged Texas press corps, especially in recent weeks following the departure of Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels from the presidential field.

He has repeatedly dismissed the speculation while also never completely shutting the door on a run.

Perry addressed a Republican National Committee meeting in Dallas earlier this month and impressed a number of state party chairman, several of whom told CNN they would like to see him mount a campaign.

David Carney, Rick Perry's closest political adviser, told CNN that the governor is indeed "thinking" about a presidential bid. But Carney cautioned that it's simply "human nature" to contemplate a run for higher office after receiving words of encouragement from Republican donors and activists around the country.

"Nothing has really changed," Carney said. "He is not running for president. The drumbeat over the last three to four weeks has been pretty intense. But he hasn't made any decision."

Carney said Perry gave an "honest answer" Friday when asked about his ambitions.

"He is thinking about it," Carney said. "Its become a topic of discussion. It's not a systematic look at how he would do this. It's a much more casual thing than that."

A Perry bid would be problematic given the fact that both Carney and Perry's 2010 campaign manager Rob Johnson are currently working for Newt Gingrich's presidential effort.

"That would be a little bit of a complication," Carney said.

Perry also serves as chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

Perry is the longest serving governor in Texas history and won a historic third term last November. But according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll released this week, only four percent of Texas Republicans would support Republican Gov. Rick Perry in a bid for the White House.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll out Friday indicates that 50 percent of Republicans and independents who lean toward the GOP say they would not like to see Perry run for the nomination, while 40 percent say they would like to see him run.

At the RNC meeting in Dallas, Perry predicted that the Republican presidential field may not be finalized for some time.

"It's a bit early to be identifying who is going to the choice of the Republicans," Perry told reporters. "I think there are still a number of folks out there who have not made a decision about it."


Filed under: 2012 • Rick Perry • Texas
soundoff (101 Responses)
  1. kd

    That's ALL we need – another nut from Texas.

    Remember that the Texas governor's position is largely ceremonial. Just like GW before him, this explains all the stupid talk coming out of his mouth.

    May 27, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  2. I can see mexico from my house

    If you liked Bush you will love Perry!!!!! no way!!!!

    May 27, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  3. Stacey, Connecticut

    "Nothing has really changed," Carney said. "He is not running for president. The drumbeat over the last three to four weeks has been pretty intense. But he hasn't made any decision."

    Send in the Clowns! I've never in my life seen the GOP in such bad shape. This is absolutely hilarious! The GOP field is starting the resemble a Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey circus clown lineup! Run Perry, Run!

    May 27, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  4. trudy schoenheit

    Great. A secessionist for president.

    May 27, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  5. tom

    In my 50 years as an American,I continue to ask myself," Why would any mainstreet Americans over 21,vote Gop? If you do,hopefully you will have enough "Savings" to pay your parents,yourself,and possibly your grandmothers Med Bills? Nursing Homes are running in the "Ballpark" about 5000.00 a month each! If they can,t afford it, your it? What a concept? Beware Voters? Obama 2012

    May 27, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  6. Gary Martin

    No nasty liberal comments, yet? You guys are getting soft!

    May 27, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  7. realitybites

    And from what I hear his own state isn't too keen on his running for president either. Texas is fast becoming a purple state w/ the flood of Californians migrating there. Be interesting to see what it will look like in 20 yrs. People are going to breathing in some O12 soon.

    May 27, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  8. Sudzzz

    SOMEBODY better step up. Right now the best candidates are (In order): A dead jackass, human waste, ear of corn, spent ammunition, Trump, that chicken I got one Easter, and a split Obama-Palin ticket.

    May 27, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  9. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    "A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll out Friday indicates that 50 percent of Republicans and independents who lean toward the GOP say they would not like to see Perry run for the nomination...."

    Didn't we see a poll in TX early this week that showed his approval numbers were in the low single digits? If the fine people of TX (people who know him) don't like him, why would he think the rest of the country would? Seems like just another republican who thinks the polls are wrong and he knows better. Just like Rep. Ryan last week on Meet The Press when asked about the fact that the polls shows that 80% of the American people don't like RyanCare, his response was that the pols are wrong and HE knows what the American people like and want. All you can say is, What!?!

    May 27, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  10. a in austin

    Look at the mess in Texas – huge mistake if he were to "run" for the presidency. Take it from a Texan, you don't want this man in office!

    May 27, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  11. heh

    This secessionist traitor? You have to be kidding...

    May 27, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  12. Mike from Austin.

    Ugh. Read my lips, "No new Texans!"

    May 27, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  13. wes

    And all the GOP termites are coming out of the woodwork.. Too bad none of them realize they have zero chance nationally.

    May 27, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  14. A. Goodwin

    Oh Ricky...please do run. We need MORE clowns running on the GOP side. Your run would certainly add to a very entertaining season. In the end we know who the winner will be – Barack Obama.

    May 27, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  15. OneMoreTime

    Forget him, I just want to say have a nice Memorial Day everybody and God Bless America!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 27, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  16. rs

    It will be curious if he runs to see how he dances around his secession rhetoric. If he didn't want to be a part of the United States, I'd thin being it's president might present a problem for him.

    May 27, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  17. vet in texas

    Sorry Rick, once the budget numbers came out, and you started the lying of not receiving federal assistance, you lost Texas and Alabama....arrogant cowboys won't make it in the WH for years to come based on your predecessors performance.

    May 27, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  18. steph in TX

    I live in TX and there is no way I want this man to be president.

    May 27, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  19. Joshua Ludd

    Does Perry realize he can't secede from the US if he is president?

    May 27, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  20. InHoustonTx

    Texan and Aggie to boot!

    May 27, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  21. Soporifix

    Speaking from down in Houston - this stupid ignorant jacka$$ should never be allowed to even look at a photograph of the White House, let alone think about living in it.

    May 27, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  22. John

    Yes just another Clown for the Circus. Heck the People of Texas don't even want him any more. Just how many of these Clown the Republican party need to run. Between the Republican Party and the TEA Party the two of you are ready making the Republican Party Into a big joke. And the Republican Party Is Just letting them. What the madder the Republican Party been Helping the RICH and BIG BUSINESS that they are calling In all there Favor Now and making the Republican Party to do what they are told.

    May 27, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  23. Charles

    Fabulous. Rick Perry is systematically wrecking the second-biggest education system in the country, why shouldn't he do the same for the rest of the states?

    May 27, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  24. DollarPalin

    Republicans keep hoping for some Superman to beat Obama. Unfortunately even Superman cant sell the GOP policies of taxes for the rich and cuts to public services for Middle class like Medicare, police, public school, hospitals etc.

    May 27, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  25. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Rick Perry sucks!

    May 27, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
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