Perry: 2016 ‘certainly an option’
July 7th, 2013
11:18 AM ET
10 months ago

Perry: 2016 ‘certainly an option’

(CNN) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry isn’t ready to reveal his political future, but he’s not ruling out another bid for the White House in 2016.
Perry will announce what’s ahead in his political career at an event on Monday in San Antonio.

Asked on “Fox News Sunday” about the possibility of his candidacy in 2016, Perry said, “Certainly that's an option out there, but again, we’ve got a lot of work to do in this building right behind me over the course of the next couple weeks that have my focus substantially, more than even 2014 or 2016."

Perry is expected to decide whether to run next year for re-election to a fourth full term as governor, or to make another bid for the White House in 2016. If Perry runs for another term as governor he could be up against Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, also a Republican.

The former presidential candidate originally planned to announce his plans by the end of June, but delayed his decision after he called the state legislature into a special session to try once again to pass a controversial bill that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The bill was sidetracked by a filibuster last month by Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis that grabbed national headlines.

Of next week’s continued fight over the restrictive abortion bill, Perry expressed confidence the bill would pass despite scheduled protests on Monday.

"Texans want to protect life and that's the bottom line here," Perry said. "Calling another special session, we can be in and out of here in 10 days, get our work done.

"They are going to have hearings tomorrow. I full well expect the legislature to manage this in an appropriate way, get it done way before the 30-day period of the legislation runs out on the special session."

The Texas legislature will meet Monday to resume the special session to discuss the abortion measure. A state Senate committee will hold a hearing on the abortion measure and the full Senate convenes the next day. In the state House, Republicans have already passed the bill through committee. It heads to the full chamber Tuesday.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser and CNN's Dana Davidsen contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2013 • 2014 • 2016 • Abortion • Rick Perry • Texas
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. HenryMiller

    This misogynist needs to be locked up in a nut-house for the religiously insane. He's as bad as the Taliban crazies who keep killing girls who only want to go to school.

    July 7, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  2. rs

    An interesting situation for the GOP. Gov. Perry is no doubt popular with the GOP base- and I am not sure what that says about the GOP or its base. However, given Perry's spectacularly disastrous campaign in the last Presidential election, the GOP would be fools to run him. For Democrats, Perry is a gift: he embodies the GOP war on women's rights; he's the pro-death penalty candidate; and he want to keep Hispanics from voting. He'll lose-BIG.

    July 7, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  3. Dallas

    You can't be serious! How delusional is this man. We are doing all we can to see that he's voted out of office next year should he decide to run for governor again. Believe me, America, you don't want this man anywhere near 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

    July 7, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  4. Donkey Party

    It just goes to show the lack of respect the GOP has for the office of President, when their candidates are as bad as Romney, Perry, Santorum, Cain, Palin, Bachmann, Gingrich, or Ted Cruz and Rand Paul. What a complete and utter bunch of failures, as humans and politicians.

    July 7, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  5. RF

    Certainly an option and an opportunity to show the world yet again the ridiculousness of our political system. Maybe Mr. Perry and Mr. Nugent will be a ticket? The world loves a good comedy, And God knows the world is laughing at the state of this country's politics now.

    July 7, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  6. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Oh goody! Just what the country needs... Another CLUELESS Texas Governor. And this one is an even bigger fool than the last cowboy we elected! Heaven help us...

    July 7, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    He killed any chance he might have had, with his anti-abortion activities.

    He's done before he can even begin.

    July 7, 2013 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  8. gary

    By the time 2016 gets here he won't even remember his own name.

    July 7, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  9. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    The GOP laughing stock perry is probably running out of people to execute and has to restock. The right to life savior says one thing while he pulls the switch with his other hand, they preach about the embryo while they cut child nutrition and child education and healthcare, the GOP is the garbage of America, time to send them to the tiolet of history in2014!!!!!

    July 7, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  10. rs

    Rhetorical question, perhaps:

    Does the GOP have anyone to run for president? I mean sure, Perry could or Paul, or others- but seriously- someone who will attract the majority of voters and not just the loons?

    July 7, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  11. Pete

    Next stop for the republicans clown parade Rick I forgot everything Perry..Come one ,come all and spend your money watching ignorents at work if work is what they do which is very little these days!!

    July 7, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  12. Tampa Tim

    RF – Perry and crappy pants Nugent truly represent the brain dead party, and would make the right wing nuts euphoric in 2016. They might even carry one state, South Carolina.

    July 7, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    "Texas Gov. Rick Perry isn’t ready to reveal his political future, but he’s not ruling out another bid for the White House in 2016."

    Well, I'm not ready to care whether he runs for the presidency or not. He'll lose, whatever he decides.

    July 7, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  14. Ron L

    Rick Perry will ALWAYS be remembered as the Presidential candidate who could not remember his OWN platform!!. (what departments do I want to eliminate??) WHAT A JOKE and an INSULT to the American electorate.

    July 7, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  15. Tom

    As a Democrat, I would love to see the Republicans repeat the 2012 Presidential primary. Bring back Perry, Michelle Bachmann, Herman Cain and Rick Santorum. Let them debate endlessly over which of them is the craziest, most extreme, Republican. Whoever actually winds up the 2016 candidate will have to move so far to the right to survive the primary they won't have a chance of winning the general election. Then the Tea Party wackos can, once again, convince themselves the 2016 Republican candidate just wasn't conservative enough and the Republicans can put on another extremist circus in 2020 and lose again. So please, Rick, I beg you to run in 2016. The Democratic party is counting on you.

    July 7, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  16. L.Sanfod

    Perry lives in his own private bubble of white male retrograde zealot religious driven politics.He is the perfect candidate for the 1950's.Republican party. Too bad for him and the GOP that it is 2013.

    July 7, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  17. ThinkAgain

    The GOP would once again use Parry as the bait for its bait-and-switch routine (although in 2016 I can't think of any GOP politician they'd use for the switch ... they are all nutjobs, as far as I can tell).

    July 7, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain

    "Texans want to protect life and that's the bottom line here," Perry said.

    Number of executions in Texas since 1976 (as of 6/27/13) = 500
    Number of executions in Texas with Parry as governor = 250

    Other "pro-life" news from Texas: Texas is turning down billions of federal dollars that would have paid for health care coverage for 1.5 million poor Texans. Texas hospitals will lose about $7 billion – this on top of the $700 million a year in Medicaid payments eliminated because of the Texas budget shortfall.

    This in addition to Parry ACCEPTING stimulus money to remodel the Governor's mansion ...

    Keep this in mind, folks, should Parry take even a single step towards running in 2016.

    July 7, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  19. PaulCat

    Bring it on. Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert get ready.

    July 7, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  20. just me

    He needs to get out of his bubble more often. He'd see he has absolutely no chance. But hey, if it gets him outta Texas for a month or two maybe the air quality will improve

    July 7, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  21. GI Joe

    OOPS.

    That's all we need to know about that tyrant. He needs to get out of politics and go back to ranching or whatever it is he did before. WE will not vote for him. He did provide some good comedy, nothing more.

    July 7, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |