Gov. Perry is rumored to be considering another presidential bid in 2016, and it’s true that his announcement not to seek re-election looked more like a campaign rally than a retirement party.
Perry spent nearly ten minutes touting the achievements of his tenure and singing the praises of Texas before making his announcement. He quoted the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes, saying for everything there is a time and season and the time has come to pass on the mantle of leadership.
“I am announcing I will not seek re-election as governor of Texas. I will spend the next 18 months working to create more jobs, opportunity and innovation. I will actively lead this great state.”
Perry’s announcement did not come with any endorsements for a successor. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott appears likely to run for the Republican nomination.
Perry also did not elaborate on his reasons for not seeking another term.
“I am looking forward to the next 18 months as I serve out my term. Any future considerations, I will announce in due time. And I will arrive at that decision appropriately. But my focus will remain on Texas.”
Perry has been in state office since 1985, when he was elected to the Texas House of Representatives as a Democrat. He has served as governor since George W. Bush stepped down in 2000.