8:47 AM, Mar 12, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Texas governor Rick Perry told late-night host Jimmy Kimmel that "America is a great place for second chances" when asked about running for president in 2016. Perry, appearing on Kimmel's show Tuesday night while on location in Austin, teased the idea of running again after his failed 2012 bid.
"Are you going to run for president again?" Kimmel asked, adding, "Obviously, maybe this isn't the place you want to announce it."
"It's probably not the place I want to announce," said Perry. "This is not the crowd I want to make the announcement to."
"Why would you run for president? I mean, it didn't go that great last time," Kimmel pressed.
"You know, America is a great place for second chances," Perry replied. "Let's just leave it at that." Watch the video below:
Perry also told Kimmel he has never smoked marijuana, and he joked that he carries a gun to interviews.
At last week's Conservative Political Action Conference near Washington, Perry reportedly brought down the house with a speech to attendees. And in a recent interview in Austin with THE WEEKLY STANDARD, the longtime Republican governor indicated that he was not ruling out a presidential bid. Perry is in his final year in office in Austin, and he will have served 14 years as governor, the longest in Texas history.
“I still think I’ve got a passion for what I do," he told TWS. "I’ve got 11 months left. I’ve got a deal that I’m working on. I got lots of deals that we’re going to be working on.”
Remains open to 2016 presidential run.7:00 AM, Mar 5, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Rick Perry is in a good mood, and it’s not just because it’s his 64th birthday. Tuesday is primary day in Texas, and for the first time in what seems like forever, his name’s not on the ballot. The office he’s made his own—with paintings of the Texas landscapes and framed photos of recent war heroes from Texas—for the last 13 years will belong to someone else next January. But Perry doesn’t sound wistful in the twilight of his term.
No one, including you.3:04 PM, Oct 10, 2013 • By ANDREW B. WILSON
If “stealing jobs” were as bad as – and essentially no different than – stealing cars or stealing horses, Texas Gov. Rick Perry might expect to wind up at the end of a rope – the traditional fate in cowboy movies for horse thieves and cattle rustlers in the Lone Star state.
The Texas governor’s new national campaign.Oct 7, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 05 • By FRED BARNES
Texas governor Rick Perry goes where governors have never gone before. He’s been descending on blue states for months now, infuriating their Democratic governors with his pitch to CEOs to relocate their companies in business-friendly Texas. Now he’s going national. He aims to stir a debate over whose economic policies are better for jobs and growth, red states’ or blue states’.
For some Republicans, the Hispanic vote is less elusive than for others.Jul 22, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 42 • By MICHAEL WARREN
How do you succeed in wooing Hispanics without really trying? Rick Perry may have the answer. In 2010, running for his third full term, the Republican governor won the support of more than 400,000 Hispanic voters in Texas, his best performance to date. Perry didn’t need to win that many—Texas is still deep red, and he had won his last two elections pretty easily. But even had he needed the votes, it isn’t Perry’s style to make an explicitly ethnic pitch to a minority group.
6:30 PM, Jul 8, 2013 • By FRED BARNES
Now that he’s not seeking another term as Texas governor, Rick Perry says he has a year to decide whether to run for president in 2016. And he’ll be highly visible across the country while he’s making up his mind.
2:22 PM, Jul 8, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Texas governor Rick Perry announced today that he will not seek reelection:
He'll serve out the remaining 18 months of his term.
As for what's next, Perry says, "Any future considerations I will announce in due time":
5:39 PM, Jul 5, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Rick Perry will make an "important announcement" Monday, a spokesman for the Texas governor said in an email Friday afternoon to the press.
The spokesman, a deputy press secretary for Governor Perry, declined to offer more details. "[I] would caution against trying to predict what he will announce," he said.
The spokesman also said that "the details of the event (where, when) should be left for [the [press's] planning purposes only."
More details Monday!
Rick Perry promotes the Texas Miracle. Jun 3, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 36 • By FRED BARNES
When President Obama arrived in Austin three years ago, Texas governor Rick Perry greeted him with a four-page letter asking for help in securing the border with Mexico. “He was not particularly enthralled with my theatrics,” Perry says. The president didn’t bother to respond. Perry heard later from a White House aide.
10:22 AM, May 21, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Texas is now within nine points, according to a new poll. A University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll shows Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst with 40 percent, while his challenger, former state solicitor general Ted Cruz, is at 31 percent. Former Dallas mayor Tom Leppert is in third at 17 percent.
5:02 PM, May 14, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Texas governor Rick Perry, a former Republican presidential candidate, has endorsed former Vets for Freedom director Pete Hegseth for Senate in Minnesota.
11:12 AM, Apr 19, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Texas governor Rick Perry has endorsed his lieutenant governor, David Dewhurst, in the latter's Republican primary for U.S. Senate.
2:37 PM, Jan 19, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Newt Gingrich was a few minutes late to his appearance this morning at Waterfront Park in historic downtown Beaufort. The large, excited crowd waited patiently as Gingrich sat in his campaign bus to finish watching Rick Perry’s concession speech. When he finally emerged and took to the stage, he opened with an announcement.
9:15 AM, Jan 19, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
CNN reports that "Rick Perry is telling supporters that he will drop his bid for the Republican presidential nomination on Thursday."