Perry to announce future for 2016
(CNN) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry isn’t ready to reveal his political future, but he’s not ruling out another bid for the White House in 2016.
Perry will announce what’s ahead in his political career at an event on Monday in San Antonio.
Asked on “Fox News Sunday” about the possibility of his candidacy in 2016, Perry said, “Certainly that’s an option out there, but again, we’ve got a lot of work to do in this building right behind me over the course of the next couple weeks that have my focus substantially, more than even 2014 or 2016.”
Perry is expected to decide whether to run next year for re-election to a fourth full term as governor, or to make another bid for the White House in 2016. If Perry runs for another term as governor he could be up against Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, also a Republican.
The former presidential candidate originally planned to announce his plans by the end of June, but delayed his decision after he called the state legislature into a special session to try once again to pass a controversial bill that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The bill was sidetracked by a filibuster last month by Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis that grabbed national headlines.
Of next week’s continued fight over the restrictive abortion bill, Perry expressed confidence the bill would pass despite scheduled protests on Monday.
“Texans want to protect life and that’s the bottom line here,” Perry said. “Calling another special session, we can be in and out of here in 10 days, get our work done.
“They are going to have hearings tomorrow. I full well expect the legislature to manage this in an appropriate way, get it done way before the 30-day period of the legislation runs out on the special session.”
The Texas legislature will meet Monday to resume the special session to discuss the abortion measure. A state Senate committee will hold a hearing on the abortion measure and the full Senate convenes the next day. In the state House, Republicans have already passed the bill through committee. It heads to the full chamber Tuesday.
By: CNN Political Unit
CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser and CNN’s Dana Davidsen contributed to this report.