ABC News' Katie Slaman reports: Texas Gov. Rick Perry said he will consider running for president in 2012, a stark reversal for Perry after months of claiming he wasn’t interested.
The governor told reporters at a ceremonial bill signing in Austin today that he’d “think about it” after the Texas legislative session is over.
“But, I think about a lot of things,” he quickly added.
What’s changed for the longest serving governor in Texas history? “The Lt. Governor has been a really great supporter, he thinks it would be a great idea if I would resign and run for president,” Perry joked.
Perry’s spokesman attempted to cool down suggestions that he is indeed getting more serious about a presidential bid.
“Nothing has changed,” Mark Miner told ABC News on Friday. “The governor thinks about a lot of issues and has no intention of running for president.”
Speculation surrounding a possible run by the Texas Republican has increased over the past couple of weeks, especially after Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels announced he won’t be seeking a White House bid. Last week, Rush Limbaugh was discussing the current GOP field for 2012 and said on his radio show that Perry “has the potential to light this up.”
The Texas Legislature adjourns on Monday.