Perry Will Give Another Run For President ‘A Good Examination’
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC – JANUARY 19: Texas Governor Rick Perry announces he is dropping his run for the Republican U.S. presidential nomination during a news conference in Charleston, South Carolina January 19, 2012. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
PLANO (CBSDFW.COM) – During a one-on-one interview Wednesday following a speech at a Plano Chamber of Commerce luncheon, Gov. Rick Perry said he was leaning toward running for president again in 2016.
“2016 is way down the road, but I’ll assure you one thing, if I decide to run for the presidency in 2016, I’ll be way in before the summer of 2016; 2015, even,” Perry said.
Perry said he loves America and he would “give it a good examination” as long as he stays in good health and his family remains supportive. He said he doesn’t have to make the decision yet.
There’s also been speculation that Perry wants to run for governor again in 2014.
“I’m certainly going to give that the appropriate consideration,” said Perry, Texas’s longest serving governor. “My instincts are very positive towards it right now, but we’ll wait until after the legislative session to make that announcement.”
The next legislative session begins in January and will end in late May after the Texas Legislature passes a budget for the next two years.
Perry said he doesn’t think his “Oops” moment during one of the debates –– he forgot the name of the third federal agency he would shut dow if elected president –– caused his downfall in the race.
Instead, Perry said the problem began during a prior debate when he criticized those who attacked the state’s policy of offering in-state tuition to the children of illegal immigrants.
“Our immigration policy in Texas has always been about economics, and I said something about not having a heart,” Perry said. “I think that had a substantially bigger impact on people going, ‘Wait a minute; it’s not about my heart Governor, it’s about straight economics.’”
The governor was referring to a Fox News/Google debate in September of last year when he defended the state policy by saying “I don’t think you have a heart” to those who criticize it.
“I apologized for that,” he added on Wednesday,” but I think the damage was done.”
Perry said he learned a lot on the campaign trail: He said he would get into the race early –– as Mitt Romney did –– and not wait like he did to get in at the last minute.