Texas' longest-serving governor, Perry took office in 2000 when President-elect
At a press conference in Austin, he was asked if he'd think about running when the
"Yes sir. I’m going to think about it," he said, according to the Houston Chronicle. But he added: "I think about a lot of things."
Perry, who serves as chairman of the Republican Governors Assn., has stepped up his national profile in recent years. He has embraced the
But at home, he's been faced with a budget deficit in the tens of billions. The state appears set to approve a final budget that balances its books by slashing public education and other government spending.
When he embarked on a national book tour earlier this year, Perry repeatedly denied that he would run for president. In an interview just this week on
"My hope is that that person will come forward that can win the presidency that we can all get behind," he said then.
Then, of course, there's
Though there is a series of debates scheduled this summer, including one in New Hampshire in June, there's no real legal deadline looming for months for candidates interested in running. But in modern history no candidate has gotten in later than
A new CNN/Opinion Research poll released Friday showed Giuliani, who has yet to make any overt moves, actually leads the field with 16% of the vote, followed by