Rick Perry for Governor? For President? Both?

By: Will Weissert, Associated Press
By: Will Weissert, Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Texas Gov. Rick Perry plans to announce any day if he will seek re-election next year.

But that decision could depend as much on whether he wants to run for president again in 2016 as it does his desire to stay in the governor's mansion.

If Perry wants another White House run, remaining in office could keep him closer to crucial donors and strengthen his record as a job creator. But forgoing a run at a fourth term would allow Perry to focus on rebuilding a national image that plummeted after his 2012 presidential campaign quickly flamed out.

Ray Sullivan, Perry's communications director for his last presidential bid, says Perry learned it takes more time to organize a national campaign.

Perry has not indicated which way he is leaning.

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