Rick Perry: 'Texas Is a Place Where We Defend Life' Predicts GOP has got the votes to pass abortion ban By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff Posted Jul 7, 2013 11:03 AM CDT 206 comments Comments In this June 27, 2013 file photo, Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks in Grapevine. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File) (Newser) – It's Sunday, which means there's a Texas politician discussing the state's abortion bill on national television. Wendy Davis took her crack last week, and Rick Perry said today that his state is "going to support protecting life. I'm pretty good at counting votes and I think the support is overwhelmingly there, and we will get this done." That wasn't his only talking point, notes Politico. When asked about 2016 and the White House, the Texas governor said, "Well, certainly, that's an option out there," though he said "we got a lot of work to do (in Austin) that have my focus substantially more than even 2014 or 2016." Speaking of 2014, and whether he's running for re-election, "I'm going to have an announcement tomorrow." But the focus, he said, is "we're going to pass some restrictions on abortion in Texas so that Texas is a place where we defend life ...That's the powerful message here. Politics will take care of itself."