- The Washington Times - Monday, November 10, 2014

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is testing the early waters for a possible 2016 presidential campaign during a swing through New Hampshire this week, but doesn’t plan to make a final decision on a run until at least May, according to The Associated Press.

In Manchester, he said voters in the 2014 midterm elections were giving Republicans an opportunity to show they could lead.

“It wasn’t ‘We love you, Republicans,’” Mr. Perry said. “It’s, ‘We’re going to give you Republicans an opportunity to show whether you can lead or not.’”

Mr. Perry, who was indicted in August on charges he abused his office by following through on a threat to veto money for an anti-public corruption office, has kept a close eye on the early presidential states of Iowa and New Hampshire, and is also scheduled to swing through South Carolina this week.

The Republican is trying to lay groundwork for a would-be run in 2016 after finishing sixth in the 2012 GOP presidential primary in New Hampshire.

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