Rick Perry: I Won't Seek Re-Election
Says he's going to 'pray and reflect to determine my own path'
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 8, 2013 1:45 PM CDT
In this June 27, 2013 file photo, Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks in Grapevine, Texas.    (Tony Gutierrez)

(Newser) – As Rick Perry was waxing poetic over his political future yesterday, he refused to rule out a 2016 run for the White House, calling it "certainly ... an option out there." Today, Texas' longest-serving governor said he "will not seek re-election" in 2014, reports the AP, during a gathering of friends and supporters he called to discuss "exciting future plans."

"The time has come to pass on the mantle of leadership," he said, as per CNN; his move opens the door for longtime Texas AG Gregg Abbott. And it does nothing to quell speculation about a run in 2016, notes Politico. "I will spend the next 18 months working to create more jobs, opportunity, and innovation," said Perry. "I will actively lead this great state. I’ll also pray and reflect and work to determine my own future path." The AP has a timeline of Perry's career here.

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Jul 9, 2013 10:51 AM CDT
(R) 2016 Gov. RICK PERRY Report: May be it is a good idea to take a break and spend time with his wife; and prepare his PERRY's 2016 US Presidency fundraising.
Jul 9, 2013 8:18 AM CDT
Governor Oops! is going for another shot at the White House, huh? And the Clown Car gasses up again! Can't wait. It was so entertaining the last time. :)
Jul 9, 2013 6:45 AM CDT
YYY-Y-Y-A-A-A-A-A-Y-Y-Y-Y-Y !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GOOD BYE AND GOOD RIDDANCE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!