Governor Rick Perry's spokesman is trying to downplay Perry's comment that he's going to think about running for president. Mark Miner says the state's longest-serving governor "has no intention of running" for the White House.
Miner has refused to make Perry available to say that himself, and he declined to say why the governor couldn't personally address the issue.
Earlier in the day, Perry said at a bill-signing ceremony he'll consider entering the race for the Republican nomination after the Texas Legislature adjourns on Monday. The outspoken conservative had been saying for months that he wasn't interested in running for the White House.
In fact, up until Friday, Perry had gone out of his way to dismiss the idea that he might run for president. Three months ago KCBD NewsChannel 11's Abner Euresti asked him about it.
"Governor, you sound like you may be running for president," Euresti said.
"Not at all, I got the best job. I'm going to try to make Washington as inconsequential as I can over the course of the next two to four years, and I got a lot of governor friends across this country who feel the same way," Perry said.
Perry's tone has changed lately, as his name has been mentioned frequently as a viable candidate. So far, there are no clear front-runners among the GOP hopefuls.
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