Rick Perry Rules Out Fourth Term, Future Uncertain

Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced Monday that he will not seek a fourth term as the Lone Star State's governor, capping a year of speculation and leaving his political future uncertain.

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry

Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced Monday that he will not seek a fourth term as the Lone Star State’s governor, capping a year of speculation and leaving his political future uncertain.

Delivering a Texas-sized victory lap address in San Antonio complete with a soaring video and soundtrack, Perry, who took office in 2000 when George W. Bush resigned to assume the presidency, said “the time has come to pass on the mantle of leadership.”

“Today, I’m announcing I will not seek reelection,” he said.

Perry, who unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for president in 2012 and became the butt of a nation’s jokes for his “oops” flub during a 2011 presidential debate, said he would announce “future considerations” when “appropriate.” He is thought to be eyeing another run for the White House in 2016.

“I will also pray and reflect and work to determine my own future path,” he added, hinting at his future ambitions.

The longest serving governor in Texas history, Perry was facing a potential challenge from Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who has raised more than $18 million for a run for the statehouse —significantly more than Perry has on hand.

Correction: An earlier version of this story listed Perry has the longest serving governor in the nation. He is in fact the longest serving governor in Texas history. Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has been in office for over 18 years.

6 comments
therealdude
therealdude

After hearing a recent poll where over 70% of Texans said they wouldn't support him in a 2016 presidential bid, I think he understood he'd go down in 2014 either in primary or general. Strategically speaking, it's better to bow out than to lose a high-stakes race, which would probably end his political career forever.

Hermione
Hermione

Governor OOPS finally figured out he did not have a ghost of a chance at winning another election at the state level.

Now let's see how long it takes him to figure out he won't be winning the White House anytime soon.

sacredh
sacredh

My congratulations to the people of Texas.

tommyudo
tommyudo

If Hillary runs in 2016 the Dem side of the campaign will be very vanilla, with no fun for political junkies whatsoever.


I hope Perry gives it another try, so we can be treated to more cringe inducing spectacles like this -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21z30aNO3cA

There is about a third of this country that deserves Rick, the same third that needs to go to FEMA re-education camps:-)

sacredh
sacredh

Rick Perry-Full uncut drunk. Lord help me. More than I needed to know.