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Countdown to Perry for president?

Published on Friday, May 27th, 2011 at 1:12 p.m.

During his 2010 gubernatorial campaign, Texas Gov. Rick Perry lionized states’ rights, sniffed at Washington and emphatically denied he’d run for president in 2012.

In March 2010, he told Politico that he had "no interest" in being the next president "in any form or fashion." The following month, Perry told the Texas Tribune he wouldn’t run under any circumstances. And during a December 2010 interview with Reuters, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said: "I don't want to be president of the United States. I'm not going to run for the presidency of the United States."

On May 27, he seemed to change tack, saying he is considering getting into the race. "I’m going to think about it" after the legislative session ends, he said at a press conference on another matter.

Similarly, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels chose not to reach a decision about running for president until lawmakers finished their 2011 session. The Hoosier State’s General Assembly adjourned April 29. On May 22, Daniels revealed he wouldn’t run for president.

The 23rd day after the Texas Legislature adjourns is June 22. Will Perry follow suit?

Perry spokesman Mark Miner said after Perry spoke to reporters that Perry has no intention of running, according to a National Journal blog post.

We think the governor’s latest comment is enough to move the meter on Perry’s repeated promise not to run for president, which we previously had not yet rated. Stalled!

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