Perry 'thinking' about presidential run
May 27th, 2011
01:44 PM ET
12 years ago

Perry 'thinking' about presidential run

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Friday he will consider a run for the Republican presidential nomination.

"I'm going to think about it" after the Texas legislative session ends on Monday, Perry told reporters in Austin after a bill signing. Perry added, "But I think about a lot of things."

Perry's remarks come on the heels of a Fox News interview this week in which he admitted that he is "tempted" to run for president.

"Oh, I can't say I'm not tempted, but the fact is this is something I don't want to do," Perry said.

A spokesman for Perry's office immediately sought to walk back his comments, noting that the governor has said he has no plans to run and that his position on the matter "remains the same."

Perry has been questioned about the presidential race on a near daily basis by the dogged Texas press corps, especially in recent weeks following the departure of Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels from the presidential field.

He has repeatedly dismissed the speculation while also never completely shutting the door on a run.

Perry addressed a Republican National Committee meeting in Dallas earlier this month and impressed a number of state party chairman, several of whom told CNN they would like to see him mount a campaign.

David Carney, Rick Perry's closest political adviser, told CNN that the governor is indeed "thinking" about a presidential bid. But Carney cautioned that it's simply "human nature" to contemplate a run for higher office after receiving words of encouragement from Republican donors and activists around the country.

"Nothing has really changed," Carney said. "He is not running for president. The drumbeat over the last three to four weeks has been pretty intense. But he hasn't made any decision."

Carney said Perry gave an "honest answer" Friday when asked about his ambitions.

"He is thinking about it," Carney said. "Its become a topic of discussion. It's not a systematic look at how he would do this. It's a much more casual thing than that."

A Perry bid would be problematic given the fact that both Carney and Perry's 2010 campaign manager Rob Johnson are currently working for Newt Gingrich's presidential effort.

"That would be a little bit of a complication," Carney said.

Perry also serves as chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

Perry is the longest serving governor in Texas history and won a historic third term last November. But according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll released this week, only four percent of Texas Republicans would support Republican Gov. Rick Perry in a bid for the White House.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll out Friday indicates that 50 percent of Republicans and independents who lean toward the GOP say they would not like to see Perry run for the nomination, while 40 percent say they would like to see him run.

At the RNC meeting in Dallas, Perry predicted that the Republican presidential field may not be finalized for some time.

"It's a bit early to be identifying who is going to the choice of the Republicans," Perry told reporters. "I think there are still a number of folks out there who have not made a decision about it."

Filed under: 2012 • Rick Perry • Texas
soundoff (101 Responses)
  1. Mutt

    just what this country needs.......a not so bright governor from Texas.

    May 27, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  2. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    Egads people, ENOUGH with the candidates! Unless of course Chris Christie and Paul Ryan want to run. They are ALWAYS welcome to run. A DREAM TEAM for sure!!!

    May 27, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  3. Progressive Texas

    Really, Rick. You think about a lot of things? Could have fooled me. Well, on second thought, maybe you couldn't. But you have fooled a lot of people in this state. I wonder if the same strategy will work on the national stage.

    May 27, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  4. Rhona

    Excellent! The more airheads the Repugs put out there, the dumber they look.

    May 27, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  5. Kenneth the VI of Minneapolis

    Remember Gov Perry wants Texas to secede from the union, therefore, he will NOT run for president.....We all know he is all talk.

    May 27, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  6. Greg in Arkansas

    The only way to get elected in this country is to tell the people WHAT they want to hear.
    Never mind the truth, most people don't want truth, facts or real solutions BUT slogans, promises and someone ELSE to blame.
    Perry would be an excellent addition to the 'clown car of GOP candidates' already running.

    May 27, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  7. Former Republican, but never again!

    Oh God no! As a Texan, I'd like to get him out of our state. As an American, it's unthinkable that this lying, deceiving, manipulative person could be our president. His "emergencies" in Texas are sanctuary cities, sonograms, and other right-wing ideologies. He said Texas should consider seceding from the US. This man is dangerous!

    May 27, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  8. John K.

    In 2008 a lot of people voted for Barack Obama to prove that they were not racists.

    In 2012 these same people will have the opportunity to vote for someone else to prove that they are not idiots.

    May 27, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  9. Bill

    Another winner from the GOP. Governor Perry mentioned maybe seceding from the Union, an act that arguably is treason. Such a man is ill-suited to run for President of the United States.

    May 27, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  10. Kenny

    Gov. Perry says he thinks about a lot of things. That should explaine either his headaches or the pains in his butt.

    May 27, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  11. TM

    A "Secessionist" running for President? Good luck with that. We still remember how much the last Governor from Texas screwed up this country.

    May 27, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  12. maine liberal

    he must mean the president of Tx

    May 27, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  13. David S.

    This is one Texan whose vote Perry will NEVER get!

    Worst...governor...ever! With the exception of our previous one of course!

    May 27, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  14. excitizen

    the more the merrier!

    May 27, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  15. Jerry

    Am reminded of Jack Nicholson's line from Batman, "Wait until they get a load of me." Perry may be the biggest nutcase in the whole Republican lexicon of nutcases.

    May 27, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  16. Breem

    He may as well join the party – the more the merrier. The real question is if you want to continue to have a high unemployment, a horrendous economy, an obliviousness and obstinance about government spending, and host of other maladies related to our current leader you can vote again for OBAMA. There are alot of better choices out there.

    May 27, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  17. KMAN821

    President of what ... Texas? This two-bit tool wouldn't stand a chance in a national election!

    May 27, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  18. diridi

    Another Texan Idiot to ruin the way....o.k,

    May 27, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  19. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Oh, I can't say I'm not tempted, but the fact is this is something I don't want to do," Perry said. "

    This is too rich coming from the man who threatens to secede from the United States whenever he doesn't get his way. So, yes, I imagine becoming the President of the UNITED States of America might be too much for Perry to contemplate and is definitely a goal he would have a really, really hard time achieving. Therefore, I can understand his reluctance to *do* it.

    May 27, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  20. XWngLady

    Ahh, The Secessionist arises!.....Texas is BANNED from submitting any candidates for the Presidency until 2024!! We are still trying to recover from the last one.

    May 27, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    I am sure that he will be viewed most favorably by Republicans. Democrats will view him as the guy who wanted to secede. I wonder if he will resume with that line about not receiving federal aid for wild fires, when in fact the feds are picking up 75% of the tab. He already has a job, so I don't think he is actually serious about running. He just wants to be another team player, that means being a barker.

    May 27, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  22. Occupation

    An even more scary version of George W. Bush. This guy makes Bush look sane and competent.

    May 27, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  23. The POTUS is Obama

    O.k Perry...since you couldn't get anymore emergency state aide from the Obama Administration (that you refused first hand) so you finaggled around with the state's budget and cut very important programs to help the citizens recover from the fires storms despite the hardship inflicted upon the citizens of Texas and signed Abortion laws to make yourself look good for the GOP. Now you decide to make a run for the POTUS. If anyone doesn't see the scandal in Perry's move God help them.

    May 27, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  24. Name Creole

    Lord the Republic Party Of NO!!!!! Is a REAL SAD BUNCH OF PEOPLE!!!!!!!!! And if you VOTE that way you are JUST as sad. These folks would get us all killed..........

    May 27, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  25. chad

    What? Are there not enough fascists in the race already?

    May 27, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
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