- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who is considering another run for president after a 2012 campaign that came to be largely defined by his “oops” moment during a primary debate, said people are expecting him to throw his hat into the ring again.

“People think we’re going to run, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing,” Mr. Perry told The Associated Press.

He said he thinks people are going to make a decision based on what they see over the next couple of years, not what they saw four years ago; Mr. Perry was momentarily unable to recall the three branches of the federal government he pledged to close if he got elected during a GOP primary debate in the last cycle.

“I think people are responsive to a candidate that has proven that that they are substantially better prepared and reflecting,” said Mr. Perry, who said in an email to supporters late Monday that he and his wife Anita hosted more than 100 business and political leaders from around the country in Austin last week.

Mr. Perry was also indicted on abuse of power charges in August. He has vowed to fight the charges, but a lengthy court case or conviction could complicate any potential bid as he prepares to exit office next month.

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