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. Mark

    Rick Perry announces he is running for...uh, he doesn't remember what he's running for. Oops.

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

    If Texas didn't have oil, it'd be just another "red" state draining away funds from "blue" states ...

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

    he is a bufoon!

    July 2, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  4. anonymous

    Please let the announcement be: "I will now force my mother to have an abortion of me in the 193rd trimester by killing myself." -Rick Perry

    July 2, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Pray Away the Kray!

    July 2, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  6. Sandy

    This IDIOT needs to go. NOW.

    July 2, 2013 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  7. Bzarr

    As long as he does it in and to texas, who cares what he does?

    July 2, 2013 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  8. Clint

    Gotta love bible bangers, they make for great comedy.

    How many of you bible lovers follow this rule:
    A marriage shall be considered valid only if the wife is a virgin. If the wife is not a virgin, she shall be executed.
    (Deuteronomy 22: 13-21)

    If you truly believed in god, wouldn't you follow all of his rules? Don't do things half-ass when it comes to your god. We gotta be righteous people....

    July 2, 2013 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  9. Ivy

    Howdy. You're kidding, right? The state ranked last in education, in availability of public resources, underused human capital, lower wages?

    Thank you for advocating for abortion. Your reasoning speaks volumes about the red states and the blue states. It's not about how many kids you can have, but how many you can responsibly nurture and educate.

    July 2, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  10. rogue351

    Announcing 6 more years of hate! Now is your chance to contribute. In return receive a one way free ride on the bigot bus. First and only stop, fanatical crazy town. Please watch your step.

    July 2, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  11. bob

    he's running for president of the living room couch.

    July 2, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  12. Unhappy Texan

    As a Republican Texan, I hope he doesn't try to run again because we're downright sick of him, his religion-based political agenda and his plain stupidity. I will vote for anyone else, even a democrat if they stand on good platforms, to get his lousy *ss out of office here.

    July 2, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  13. Be Sane

    Rick, run for president again, it was so much fun! That way you'll be out of public office. You know you can't beat Wendy Davis! The state is beginning to see the light.
    Wendy Davis the next Governor of Texas!!!!!!
    Sincerely,
    Native Texan

    July 2, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  14. zandhcats

    He's never waken up from his dream.

    July 2, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  15. MI Snow

    He's going to announce that he'll be joining the new FAUX TV "RICK & SARAH – Talking (Empty) Heads"

    July 2, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  16. Lenny Pincus

    With dumbos like this, Texas deserves whatever it gets.

    July 2, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  17. Jim

    He's running for Josh Brolin look-a-like.

    July 2, 2013 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  18. Jack M

    Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me three times, shame on all of us. Fool me four times, well, just shoot me!

    July 2, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  19. Trip

    Who cares? It's Texas

    July 2, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  20. Native Texan

    I saw this headline and thought, HOPEFULLY HE'S ANNOUCING HE WON'T RUN.....He's got to go.

    July 2, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  21. Ancient Texan

    To the chagrin of the lefties, if Perry decides to run again, he will win again. We had 100 years of corrupt Democratic rule... and won't again soon.

    July 2, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  22. John

    I hope the people IN Texas won't be that DUMB and reelected this man.

    July 2, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  23. Wake up People!

    I'm loving these responses today people...... Carry on.
    Thanks for the laughs!!

    July 2, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  24. HenryMiller

    As a former Texan, I can only hope that Perry packs up his bible and his prejudices and goes away, leaving room for an honest Conservative rather than these bigoted, self-righteous, nuts who infiltrated the GOP fifteen or twenty years ago. It escapes me how any party can claim to stand for small government and individual freedom while simultaneously trying to have government impose "morality" by law.

    July 2, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  25. Mary

    Dear God, please help us get that man out of this state.

    July 2, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
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