First on CNN: Perry to announce political future on Monday
July 2nd, 2013
02:05 PM ET
1 year 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. Sal

    This guy is excrement! 

    July 2, 2013 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  2. OrmondGeorge

    Please oh please oh please oh please oh please oh please oh please oh please oh please oh please oh please oh please oh please oh please oh please oh please oh please run for President Mr Perry.
    Late Night needs the material.

    July 2, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  3. gmenfan54

    Perry and Bush should get married.

    July 2, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  4. GIUK

    With the possible exception of Borat, I can't think of a person more representative of the people of Texas than Rick Perry.

    July 2, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  5. Mr.Howdydoody

    It's funny how many people talk bad about Perry and Texas, but Texas is one of the only, if not THE only state to make it through the down times. Texas hs money in the bank. It cut BILLIONS and there was no adverse affect, other than Dems crying because their pet projects got defunded.
    As far as the abortion debate goes, someone said only 20% of Texans support it. Then why are the pro-abortion people causing a scene and making sure the bill can't be voted on? Seems like if only 20% support it, then it should be swiftly defeated.
    Personally, I think abortion should be legal because every time there is an abortion, it stops a future democrat.

    July 2, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  6. al

    He may have a future in Texas but I seriously doubt he has any kind of national future except maybe as a Congressman. Maybe in a number of years he might have a national future but not at this time. He never gave me the impression of being very smart.

    July 2, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  7. luke,az

    Who knows what Gov. Rick "OOPS" Perry is going to do. He probably won't remember why he is at the lectern when it comes time to make his announcement.

    July 2, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  8. boyamidumb

    Well Alaska and Texas have always had a battle about who was bigger, badder, and meaner. Now Alaska has Palin, and Texas has Perry so the contest has become about who has the biggest fool, and which voters are the lowest on the I.Q. totem pole. It's a hard call to make, but when you gotta laugh at the Alaskans and the Texans going P. P. in front of us all.

    July 2, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  9. Rosslaw

    So the long and the short of it is that he's an idiot who can't make up his mind. I got it.

    July 2, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  10. WB

    I hope he runs again. The contrast between Texas and progressive rot like California is stunning.

    July 2, 2013 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  11. pipeline_chick

    I will PAY SOMEONE, ANYONE, to make Rick Perry go away. He is a an embarassment to the great state of Texas and it still amazes me that he has been elected governor this many times. Hearing his name is kind of like hearing Justin Bieber, Lindsey Lohan, or Kim Kardashian. JEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEZ you want to laugh, but then, it just makes a person want to cry.

    July 2, 2013 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  12. Thomas

    Rick Perry

    Ego over Brains !

    July 2, 2013 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    please, please give texas a break. we need new blood for this wonderful state. that means no rp....

    July 2, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  14. Veronica

    Charlie and Chuk: Please, PLEASE don't leave him here with us. We've suffered enough already!

    July 2, 2013 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  15. The Real Tom Paine

    Bear in mind that the govenor of Texas is, by definition, a constitutionally weak executive. The state Constitution makes the governor a weak chief executive, with more authority resting with the Lt Governor and the Speaker. Orrin Hatch made that observation to W during primary debates before the 2000 election. Perry is in the one place where he can do the least amount of damage to the state and the nation. He grew public sector jobs at twice the rate of private sector growth until the stim money ran out, and he prompltly laid off all those teachers and firefighters rather than raising taxes. Texas students consistently rank at or near the bottom in educational performance, so the governor has to resort to stealing talent rather than developing his own. Problem is, they don't stay once they deal with the awful weather and terrible education system.

    July 2, 2013 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  16. motodoc

    FoldingCouch- "please tell RP to retire, and move [from Texas] to Oklahoma. That way, the average IQ in both states will go up."

    FoldingCouch, I hope you don't mind me quoting you.....That's funny stuff!....and probably true too!

    July 2, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  17. ric

    Really? Really?
    "Democrats blocked the abortion measure with an attention-grabbing filibuster"
    attention grabbing, they just want attention? and it has nothing to do with a womans rights?!?!
    Why don't you dig a deeper hole for yourself.....

    July 2, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  18. Retired Army

    sparky stated:

    "He has a political future? Now that's news"

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    C'mon sparky.......this is Texas.

    We have a strong and long history of electing and re-electing idiots. I'm sure that this clown has a political future......at least until the Hispanic vote is strong enough to turn Texas 'blue' and he gets booted out on his keester!

    July 2, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  19. Garry

    If Texans vote him back in they are dumber than a box of rocks...kinda like Perry himself

    July 2, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  20. LoboLoco

    hey tea-axis you deserve this dude, ya bunch a lug nuts,

    July 2, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  21. kevindmcnair

    Can't we get term limits on the office of Governor of Texas? Is this guy the King of Texas? I'd be interested to see what his net worth is now vs when he came to office.

    July 2, 2013 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  22. edward

    The GOP secret in Texas is that most Texans do not vote.

    July 2, 2013 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  23. OK

    Rick Perry. Nutjob. Moron. And I forget the third thing.

    July 2, 2013 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  24. Texas Lieutenant Governor (No Kidding!)

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

    July 2, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    I doubt that his future plans are "exciting' and hope he writes them down, even Sarah Palin like, because he'll never remember what to say.

    July 2, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
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