SAN ANTONIO —
Will he or won't he?
Gov. Rick Perry has invited friends and supporters to San Antonio and the country's largest Caterpillar equipment dealership Monday to announce "exciting future plans."
The longest-serving governor in Texas history should reveal if he'll seek a fourth full term in office next year. The location is meant to symbolize Perry's prowess as a job creator overseeing the state's booming economy.
Perry was lieutenant governor but moved up when George W. Bush left for the White House in December 2000.
If he runs again, Perry may face a challenge in the GOP primary from well-funded Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. Perry hasn't offered hints on his plans, but he also hasn't ruled out another White House run.
Perry never lost an election during his 27-year political career and became a near-instant front-runner when he strapped on his signature cowboy boots and strode into the race for the GOP presidential nomination in August 2011.
But he flamed out spectacularly and dropped his presidential bid in January 2012, culminating in a debate in Michigan where Perry remembered that he'd pledged to shutter the U.S. Departments of Commerce and Education but forgot the third one, the Department of Energy. Quipped late-night comedian Jimmy Fallon: "It turns out George Bush was actually the smart Texas governor."
Perry is known for his TV anchorman good looks — often dubbed "Governor Good Hair." He has been a ferocious fundraiser buoyed by both grassroots activists and mainstream Republicans while presiding over a flourishing Texas economy.
"So many people are supporters and are going to stay supporters," said Roy Bailey, a Dallas businessman who has been a top Perry fundraiser.
Perry has been a leading voice on many social issues conservatives hold dear, including states' rights, relaxed environmental regulations, strict abortion limits and opposition to gay marriage.
SAN ANTONIO —
Will he or won't he?
- State News
Lifelong Struggles Facing TX Foster Kids Who Age Out
Hundreds of children have already gotten their Christmas wish this year: finding a forever home.
TABC to begin collecting taxes at Texas seaports January 2014
The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) will begin collecting personal importation taxes on alcohol and cigarettes from passengers returning from cruises in Galveston in 2014.
Southern Great Plains Dairy Consortium offers education on large herd dairies
How can future dairy producers improve the dairy industry?
Texas A&M Honors Former Student And Medal Of Honor Winner
Medal of Honor recipient Clarence Sasser was welcomed back to the Texas A&M University campus Thursday where his medal will be on permanent display in the school’s Memorial Student Center (MSC).
Texas inmate set to die for '91 abduction, slaying
An abusive childhood led Jamie McCoskey to a juvenile offense record that kept escalating as he reached adulthood.
Nichols Announces Re-Election Bid for Senate District 3
Senator Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) announced his bid for re-election for Texas Senate District 3.
2 rescued by chopper after SUV swept away in Texas
Emergency personnel in a helicopter hoisted a man and a woman from trees after their SUV was swept away during Central Texas storms and flooding.
Gov. Perry Announces Initiatives to Meet Growing Demand for Higher Education
Gov. Rick Perry outlined his initiatives for the upcoming legislative session to improve accessibility, accountability and affordability in higher education.
Houston schools cancel activities due to weather
Houston's school district has cancelled afterschool activities as inches of rain fell on the city hours before Halloween trick-or-treating was set to begin.
More rain forecast for Central Texas
Parts of Central Texas are expected to get more rain Tuesday evening into Wednesday as a cold front moves through the area.
- More State News Headlines
- Lifelong Struggles Facing TX Foster Kids Who Age Out