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

    No matter what you do, Rick, please just keep talking. It makes for good comedy.

    July 2, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    -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.
    You're probably right, especially with the no-information voters in TX. A century of Conservative rule, regardless of party, has condemned TX to being the joke that it is. Don't pay a person a decent wage for performing good work, but make sure the liars, cheats, and crooks that dominate the landscape there keep getting richer with plenty of Federal money pouring in from giver states like NJ, NY, CA, etc.

    Texas, the " Gimme State".

    July 2, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  3. Rick Thwaites

    If this buffoon is successful in winning another term as the governor of the great Lone Star State, it will be an indictment of the voting population of Texas. This man should join the men of the cloth and lock himself away in some monastery to ensure that he doesn't weigh in on any more public policy issues. Furthermore, this hypocrite should practice what he preaches. "Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted." -Matthew 23:12. It's time to humble this clown!

    July 2, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  4. Tom

    Just as long as he stays in Texas and doesn't announce he is running for President...

    July 2, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  5. tullymd

    He will announce that Texas will secede.

    July 2, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  6. Rick Thwaites

    The Right Wing GOP Dream Team Ticket: Perry/Palin Bwahahahaha. Dumb and Dumber Er wait, Perry/Bachmann. Dumb and Dumbest. HAHAHA.

    July 2, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  7. Tom

    I don't know what Rick Perry is going to do, but what he needs is an enema.

    July 2, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  8. Born and raised in Texas

    oh great... (sound of party horn)...we're so excited..(cricket sounds)...can't hold in the enthusiasm....

    July 2, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  9. Ron

    "...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." What an odd statement for a reporter to make. Perry was not "forced" to do anything. He chose to call another session.

    July 2, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  10. ????

    All companies come to texas, we got sweeeeeet deals for y'all: NO taxes, NO regulations, NO inpsections, NO laws!!! What a deal!! So come on down and stockpile all the explosive materials you want, we don't care!!! Blow up our old towns, we don't care cuz they employee our minimum wage workers who don't need no stinking insurance!!! (they couldn't read the policy anyway) Hell, if enough of ya come down, we might even secede from the country!!

    July 2, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  11. Ron L

    He will run and there is a big chance he will win even though he showed Texas and most of America..he is not very smart. Texans are just extremely gullible.

    July 2, 2013 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
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