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

    Zero political future . There. No need to wait.

    July 2, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  2. Jinx9to88

    LMAO!!! Sounds like Donald Trump making a big deal out of nothing. I hope he announces he is running for president in 2016 cause the GOP clown car has one seat open since Michelle Bachmann is gone.

    July 2, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  3. rs

    If Perry runs, with the full endorsement of the GOP, this speaks volumes to the trouble the GOP is in. Overly radicalized and insubstantial candidates, and undefendable party platforms.

    July 2, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    By the way, he doesn't change his mind that much. He CAN'T REMEMBER WHAT HE SAID BEFORE. Not even his three top priorities. THREE

    July 2, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  5. sonny chapman

    "Run Rick,run"

    July 2, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  6. Thomas

    It would be better if the voters made an announcement on Perry's political future

    July 2, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  7. Mando

    Rick will run again for governor because he needs that platform, otherwise, he is lost. He has enough money to run for the next eight years.

    July 2, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  8. Getoverit

    Ok, Libs, time to arm the torpedos.

    July 2, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  9. bkemp

    Dear Gov a fellow American,Texan, and Republican, I implore you....Do Not Run Again....Get the F out of Texas politics...and take that crazy Canadian Cruz with you.

    July 2, 2013 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  10. arkay

    Texas is in such a sorry state and Rick is part of that old illness that needs to go . . . and quickly. Texas is now 50% Hispanic and it's time for a real, big change that will put the state into the 21st century.

    July 2, 2013 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  11. Dom

    Rick Perry is an American hero. I wish him the best.

    July 2, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  12. Zeke2112

    Here's hoping he's heading off to find Jeebus and taking his flavor of crazy with him.

    July 2, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  13. NotYoDaddy

    Hopefully he has decided to leave politics, and hole up in a cave somewhere to study the dead sea scrolls.

    July 2, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  14. STEVE D

    I hope he runs for president again. That should put an end to this blowhard for good!

    July 2, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  15. Thefladaboscan

    Please, please, please, please run for president! It would be great if he were the GOP nominee!

    Then again, I hate the GOP.

    Let's all remind him of the gospel of Matthew:

    19 Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

    20 The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?

    21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.

    22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.

    23 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.

    24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

    July 2, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  16. Al-NY,NY

    fourth verse...same as the first....go ahead and run ricky. although you would make the democrats' job SO easy, there is not a snowballs chance that you would even get the nomination

    July 2, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  17. tony

    Running for Pres again would be a good way of electing a Democrat.

    July 2, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  18. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Your time is up Slick Rick. Your war on women will have serious repercussions on all republicans.

    July 2, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  19. andrew

    The rest of the world was hoping his announcement was that he was actually Gay and was going to marry his secret lover...that rough and tumble sheriff from Arizona...Oh well...just have to wait and see...

    July 2, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  20. Data Driven

    Wow. We're all breathless from the suspense. Will good-old-boy Governor run for Governor of Texas again?

    I'll get interested if Wendy Davis announces.

    July 2, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Whatever his future plans might be, there is one thing for sure. He's not running for POTUS again. And, I don't there's anyone out there who pick him to run on a ticket as V-POTUS. But, hey. Republicans say the darndest things.

    July 2, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  22. Bill Peterson

    I suppose it would be too much to ask for an announcement that he is retiring completely from public life and plans to crawl into some very underground bunker with Michelle Bachmann.

    July 2, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  23. Martin

    Why aren't there term limits for all levels of Government? Term limits were a REPUBLICAN idea (because of FDR's fourth term), and it it's good enough for the President and VP, it should be good enough for all levels of City, State, and Federal Government positions.

    July 2, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  24. Warren

    This guy has a very big head.. Seems like maybe someone in Texas is buying votes to get him in 3 times.

    July 2, 2013 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  25. Michael J

    Who cares? It's Texas – Land of meaningless drones and their belt-buckled leader is the weathered outdated face of such blatant ignorance.

    July 2, 2013 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
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