First on CNN: Perry to announce political future on Monday
July 2nd, 2013
02:05 PM ET
10 months ago

First on CNN: Perry to announce political future on Monday

Washington (CNN) - Rick Perry is inviting close friends and supporters to an event next Monday in San Antonio where he is expected to announce if he plans to seek an unprecedented fourth full term as Texas governor, CNN has learned.

Perry "will be making an announcement around mid-day in San Antonio concerning his exciting future plans," according to a "Save the Date" email obtained Tuesday by CNN. The announcement comes as Perry finds himself at the center of a high-profile legislative fight over abortion rights in his state.

"Please join his family and closest friends on July 8th," reads the email, which is being circulated to his political allies. "Details to follow."

Perry has long said he will make a decision about his political future after the conclusion of this year's legislative session, but because Democrats blocked the abortion measure with an attention-grabbing filibuster by state Sen. Wendy Davis last week, the governor was forced to call another session to tackle that issue and others.

Originally, Perry was supposed to announce his 2014 plans this week.

Most Texas political insiders don't expect Perry, who has held the state's top office since 2000, to run again, though many say he is considering another presidential run after his ill-fated 2012 effort.

As of the last financial reporting period, Perry, one of the Republican Party's top fundraisers, had just $6 million in his campaign war chest. The next Republican in line for the governorship, state Attorney General Greg Abbott, had $18 million.

But people close to Perry have also been reminding reporters in recent weeks that he has a knack for changing his mind.

"I don't think anyone knows what he is going to do until he gets up there and says it," Ray Sullivan, Perry's former chief-of-staff, when asked about next week's event.

Before seeking a third term in 2010, Perry said he was not going to run again before changing his mind and trouncing Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison in a titanic Republican primary fight. Perry said no to a presidential run for many months, before ultimately jumping into the race in August 2011.

Then, after saying he would suspend his campaign following a disappointing finish in the 2012 Iowa caucuses, Perry suddenly tweeted that he would continue on in South Carolina, which surprised many of his staffers.

Perry-watchers got a clue that he might be nearing an announcement about his latest plans earlier Tuesday, when a Texas radio host interviewing Perry about the special session said "we get a few more weeks before we start badgering you about your future plans."

Perry responded, "Yeah, or less even, we may let you know a little bit before that."


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soundoff (161 Responses)
  1. snowyowl

    "But people close to Perry have also been reminding reporters in recent weeks that he has a knack for changing his mind."

    It's easy to change your mind when there is so much empty space in it.

    July 2, 2013 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  2. sparky

    He has a political future? Now that's news

    July 2, 2013 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    "Ooops." – Rick Perry

    July 2, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  4. SixDegrees

    The Texas legislature just passed a term limits bill restricting future governors to two consecutive terms. It doesn't apply to Perry, but it was passed largely due to disgust within his own party over his incompetence as governor.

    It would be extremely foolish for him to run again. His own party doesn't support him anymore, and the fiasco he's created in the last week in an attempt to kowtow to the shrill demands of bible thumpers hasn't helped him at all, either; less than 20% of Texans support the thus-far defeated bill, and Perry's windmill-tilting isn't going to change that.

    I expect, though, that he'll be receiving large amounts of money for another Presidential attempt. From the Democrats.

    July 2, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  5. FoldingCouch

    This is a transcript of the prayer I offered up when I read the headline: Dear Jeebus, who I love more than anything else, please tell RP to retire, and move to Oklahoma. That way, the average IQ in both states will go up. Sorry, man, about that Oklahoma joke, I know that they are all God's children too, I just couldn't resist. Anyway, you know that RP is just a point or two over being full retard, right? Texas has been punished enough, so please, cut us a break. If you do, I swear that we'll build several churches in your honor. Say, where do you fall on this gay marriage dealieo, anyway. I figure that since you had two Dad's, and you turned out OK, you'd probably be cool with it. Just let me know, no rush. Peace, FoldingCouch

    July 2, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  6. Michael Benjamin

    What else can he do for a livelihood? He's too stupid to do anything else.

    July 2, 2013 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  7. Ruby

    Perry is prep'n for the show now. My guess is that he will anounce he's going for a forth term to mask his intentions for a while, then later he will "suddenly" decide to run for president.

    July 2, 2013 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  8. Romulan

    Maybe Rick is going to announce he will pick Michelle Bachmann as his running mate for 2016.

    July 2, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  9. Dean

    Charlie

    Thank god he is staying in Texas, we sure don't want him in the Midwest
    ---------------------------------You getting to like all that unemployment in the midwest?

    July 2, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  10. ryche

    watch out... a story on Rick Perry...This is like blood in the water for liberals.. just mention Palin or Perry and watch the rabid (the party of tolerance) dogs bare their teeth in hate... now where is my knee jrk democrat saying, Ya but what about you..

    hahah liberals.. so predictable..

    July 2, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  11. z2cents

    i hope he does..for the sake of good entertainment, i hope he does

    July 2, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  12. Liberalism is a brain disease

    I like this guy. I hope he succeeds in pulling ALL of the gun manufactures out of blue states and into Texas. Target California, NY and Massachusetts and raid them of businesses that support their leftist agenda.

    July 2, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  13. bspurloc

    Rick Perry the head of the Christian Taliban...
    there is a war on religion! as long as u dont mean anything but christian fairy tales.

    July 2, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  14. Who's to say

    Rembrant...it's already in the Stone Age! And most Texans are very comfortable with that. That's why the idiot keeps getting re-elected. I think the heat, humidity, and refinery waste brings out the best in them.

    July 2, 2013 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  15. Paul NYNY

    He is planning to run for President with Michelle Bachmann as his VP candidate.......sheesh and it isn't even April 1.....
    It's a good way to ensure the White House stays Democratic.....

    July 2, 2013 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  16. spartan74

    "I don't think anyone knows what he is going to do until he gets up there and says it,"

    Neither does he!!!

    He better get out while he can because Davis will wipe the floor with his sorry a$$ in an open election. This buffoon is the epitome of everything that's wrong with this country. He represents that segment of society that are too ignorant to understand what he's doing or too lazy to care. He's a very disturbed individual who should not be permitted to hold public office.

    July 2, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  17. marc

    Every CNN reader commenting seems to despise Mr Perry, who is a hugely popular governor in the most successful state. I don't really need to add anything to that, but to note that mocking his religion, claiming he's stupid, etc., just seems par for the course among CNN's viewers and readers.

    July 2, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  18. jacksonian2012

    All you have to do is look at that guy with his silly grin and you know he's a goof. The lights are on, but nobody's home. When are the Republicans going to give us someone with an IQ of more than 8?

    July 2, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  19. Data Driven

    @FoldingCouch,

    LOL! I see that Texans' opinions about Oklahomans haven't changed!

    July 2, 2013 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  20. magic03151950@hotmail.com

    I hope he announces that he is moving from Texas to Alaska and hope he takes with him the Tea Party bigots to join Ms Palin on a one way snow mobile race to Russia.

    July 2, 2013 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  21. Deez

    Texans are embarrassed of Perry and don't want him tomorrow, much less in 2014!

    July 2, 2013 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  22. dick Delson

    He should announce that he's crawling under a rock. What a jerk.

    July 2, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  23. LTran

    Perry did a very good job in Texas, if he wants to take credit for it, or if people is willing to give him credit for it. Just look at many out-of-state license plates.

    July 2, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  24. bkemp

    i would give Perry my 2 cents worth.....but he cant count that high...

    July 2, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  25. Italmn

    Things are changing in TEXAS.............Them WHITE, RACIST, IN-BRED, OLD FOOLS are dieing off and the SMART YOUNG people are not going to put up with all their B/S anymore. TEXAS will VERY soon be a Democratic led state. Mr. Perry knows whats happening and he will get out.

    July 2, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
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