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article imageTexas Gov. Rick Perry will 'think about' White House bid

By Lynn Herrmann     May 28, 2011 in Politics
Austin - A new name could be tossed into the hat of GOP White House hopefuls if Texas Governor Rick Perry's thought process leads to a decision of being presidential material, putting him in the footsteps of George W. Bush, the state's last governor to do so.
Borrowing a page from the Sarah Palin playbook of indecision, Perry reiterated his thinking capacity will determine a presidential run. Earlier in the week he answered Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren’s question on whether he was tempted to run: “Oh, I can’t say I’m not tempted, but the fact is: this is something I don’t want to do,” the Houston Chronicle reports.
By Friday, his tone was a bit different. At a news conference where he ceremonially signed the state’s contentious voter ID bill into law, the governor was again asked about the possibility of a presidential run. “Yes sir. I’m going to think about it,” he said, adding “I think about a lot of things,” according to MySA.
When asked why he changed his mind, Perry responded: “I didn’t say I was running, did I? I’m going to think about it.”
A poll by the Texas Tribune at the University of Texas shows a Perry presidential bid in need of shoring up. Four percent of those polled would support a hypothetical Perry run, with 14 percent undecided. After the undecided, Sarah Palin led the poll with 12 percent.
After denouncing the federal government last year, Perry told Van Susteren the same federal government needs to put “more troops on the ground” in helping protect the state from various threats.
Perry told the Fox News personality Mexican drug cartels are importing terrorists from across the globe, noting “something else that we need to come to grips with ... is these cartels are bringing across the border people who are coming from terroristic-based countries: Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Yemen,” the Austin American Statesman reports.
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