Texas Governor Rick Perry has long played with the idea of running for the Presidency in 2012. However, a recent interview reveals that the Governor is increasingly likely to officially enter the race.
“I’m not ready to tell you that I’m ready to announce that I’m in,” Perry told The Des Moines Register in a phone interview. “But I’m getting more and more comfortable every day that this is what I’ve been called to do. This is what America needs.”
Perry, a favorite among some Tea Party activists, has been lauded a potential game-changer in the Republican field of candidates, with the name recognition to potentially draw support away from both Representative Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.
Perry may also garner support from his fellow Republican Governors, many of whom have not yet officially endorsed a candidate.
“The prospect of a bid by Texas Gov. Rick Perry, which looks more realistic every day, has also piqued the interest of some GOP executives who admire his jobs record and potential to bridge the divide between establishment Republicans and grassroots elements of the party,” a blog for CNN.com reported. “(Virginia Governor Bob) McDonnell reserved special praise for Perry, calling him ‘the kind of guy that can win’ the nomination because of his broad appeal to tea party activists, social conservatives and business-types.”
Still, Perry stopped far short of making any formal declarations in the Des Moines Register interview, saying, “I’ll be real honest with you, I don’t wake up in the morning — never did and still don’t today — and say, ‘Gee, I want to be president of the United States.’”