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. The Real Tom Paine

    -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.
    *************
    Sorry junior. Perry took 17 billion in stim funds to balance his budget, and there are still areas of the state that are still waiting to recover. Since TX is nothing more than a taker state, its about time your lazy sods kicked back to us what we gave you. Oh, and the myth about TX being recession proof is just that, a myth. You can't even educate your own people to do the low skill jobs, much less the ones you need to compete.

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

    CNN , can you use the photo of Rick Perry in that cool Texas A&M S&M uniform . The one with Rick on the desk holding the riding crop !

    Nothing say's , Who's your Leader like that photo.

    July 2, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  3. Liberalism is a brain disease

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

    And yet he keeps getting elected. So you don't know what you're talking about.

    July 2, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  4. bill

    Really doesn't matter what perry announces, this is his last term and it's time to put a stop to morons like dubya and perry from making Texas a laughing stock. The GOP has ruined Texas and there is no way they will be able to disenfranchise all of the voters during the next election.

    July 2, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  5. G

    Perry just saw the latest census reports showing Texas will be a majority hispanic state in 3 years joining New Mexico and California. This will be the GOP's last election cycle forever in the state of Texas unless they figure out a way to redraw districts to favor their party.

    July 2, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  6. (P)Rick Perry MUST go!

    Dear Sweet Baby Political Jesus, PLEASE let this man fade off into the sunset... 13 years is long enough.

    July 2, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  7. bill

    I hope Perry secedes from Texas

    July 2, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  8. Walter Adams

    Perry has never garnered a majority of the votes to be governor. With many candidates on the ballot, Perry has slid into office on the strength of getting just a few more votes than any of the other people also running for the job. But if one were to add up the total votes for all the also-rans, Perry probably has kept the governorship with maybe only a third of all voters selecting him. Or, 66 % of the voters saying, "anybody else, just not him." But Perry acts as if he got a mandate straight from heaven above. Governor Goodhair heads a part-time legislature that meets only every other year; even the railroad commissioner has more power in Texas than a governor, yet Perry has visions of the presidency dancing in his head. Ain't gonna happen.

    July 2, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  9. Bart

    Unlike what was reported, I do not think Gov. Perry was forced to call the special session of the legislature to deal with the abortion bill that was not passed – that he did of his own free will because he wanted to make a political statement. He was not forced to do anything.

    July 2, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  10. John N. Seattle, WA

    Texans cant be THAT stupid, can they?

    July 2, 2013 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  11. G

    Rick Perry makes George W. look like a genius

    July 2, 2013 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  12. Dallas

    I hope he's announcing his retirement and not even entertaining the thought of running for President in 2016. We've had enough of him here in Texas and we certainly don't want to subject the rest of the country to him.

    July 2, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  13. TKO

    Mr. HowdyDoody!

    California's doing great after raising taxes a bit. We too have money in the bank, and, well, it's just a lot nicer here than Texas!

    July 2, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  14. ThinkAgain

    @Mr.Howdydoody: "As far as the abortion debate goes, someone said only 20% of Texans support it."

    Really? Who is this mysterious "someone"?

    According to a recent Greenberg Quinlan Rosner (GQR) bipartisan poll, 80 percent of Texans don’t want their lawmakers to be considering abortion-related bills during the special session that Gov. Rick Perry (R) convened at the beginning of the month.

    Also, after conducting a survey among a representative sample of state residents between June 17 and 19, GQR found that 63 percent of registered voters think the Lone Star State already has enough anti-abortion laws on the books.

    Mr H-D, try turning off Fox and start dealing with reality! Parry is only doing this because he's trying to up his street cred with evangelicals, because he wants to (oops!) run for president in 2016.

    July 2, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  15. Steven

    Please..Please...Please...stay out of politics.

    July 2, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  16. Craig from Pa.

    C'mon Texas...prove that you CAN fix stupid!! Vote this guy out, he's an idiot plain and simple...just take off your blinders and see for yourselves... Furthermore, he's got a snowballs chance in hell in becoming President of the US...what an ego this guy has

    July 2, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  17. G

    He is considering another presidential run? do he know that there is video and audio of his last performance. What is he going to do grow new stripes and hope people forget 2012?

    July 2, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  18. Jack in Florida

    God help the citizens of Texas.

    July 2, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  19. witch-hunter

    How can this guy have any friends, much less people who would vote for him.

    July 2, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  20. greg

    @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

    -----------------------------------------------–

    Oil and minimum wage jobs. there are no denying those facts. nothing ingenious there therefore your argument is null.

    Discussion over. You lose, as always I can assume.

    July 2, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  21. ThinkAgain

    @The Real Tom Paine: "Sorry junior. Perry took 17 billion in stim funds to balance his budget, and there are still areas of the state that are still waiting to recover."

    From AP, May 21, 2009: While Gov. Rick Perry is criticizing Washington bailouts, state lawmakers are planning to use $11 million in federal stimulus money to help rebuild the badly burned Texas Governor's Mansion.

    Yeah, Parry's quite the hero .... NOT!

    July 2, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  22. Not the droid you're looking for

    Mr.Howdydoody,

    Yeah, Texas made it through the down times alright, by being REAL friendly to corporate interests. One specific case of this is by cutting funding to the state agencies responsible for enforcing safety and environmental laws.

    Ask the people in West, Texas how well they're doing...

    July 2, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  23. pkrbkr3

    Let's just ignore Perry and Palin and maybe they'll go away.....the PP duo!

    July 2, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  24. simplyput

    Stay in Texas. We don't need a president–male OR female–loaded on pain-killers or booze.

    July 2, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  25. anonymous

    Please let it be: "I'm a shameful d0vche and I apologize for being wrong about everything. I now support abortion for all of my mother's children, especially myself. In fact, I will now force my mother to have an abortion of me in the 193rd trimester by killing myself." -Rick Perry

    July 2, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
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