Texas Gov. Rick Perry stays coy about GOP presidential run

By Kase Wickman
Sunday, June 19, 2011 20:57 EDT
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The Republican governor of Texas, Rick Perry, continued this weekend to play coy about whether he will throw his ten-gallon hat in the ring for the GOP nomination for the presidency.

At the Republican Leadership Conference, he delivered a speech that brought the gathered crowd of conservatives to its feet, according to the Associated Press.

“I stand before you today as a disciplined conservative Texan, a committed Republican and a proud American, united with you to restoring our nation and revive the American dream,” he said.

Perry has long insisted that he won’t run, but has been singing a different tune lately. In late May, Perry said that he would consider running in 2012. Certainly, as the longest-serving governor of powerhouse state Texas, he has name recognition and would likely attract deep-pocketed donors’ confidence.

Earlier this month, Perry ventured to Los Angeles to speak at an anti-abortion rally, a move that has been viewed as a baby step on his potential nascent campaign trail.

Perry has also declared “days of prayer” for rain in Texas, seen by some as a strategic move to gain the enthusiasm of evangelical conservatives.

Strategists have also noted that several of the senior aides who recently fled Newt Gingrich’s campaign are from Texas.

Kase Wickman
Kase Wickman
Kase Wickman is a reporter for Raw Story. She holds a journalism degree from Boston University and grew up in Eugene, OR. Her work has been featured in The Boston Globe, Village Voice Media, The Christian Science Monitor, The Houston Chronicle and on NPR, among others. She lives in New York City and tweets from @kasewickman.
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