- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 11, 2014

Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday blamed his poor presidential campaign performance in 20120 on back surgery, and said he’s spent the past 20 months getting ready for another run.

“I may not run in 2016, but I’ve spent the last 20-plus months preparing,” Mr. Perry told Bloomberg TV while touring in China. “If I don’t run, it won’t be because I’m not prepared.”

Mr. Perry entered the 2012 GOP field with tremendous momentum, but quickly stumbled, failing to connect with voters in early primary states and stumbling badly in debates. He said this week that he had been recovering from a back operation six weeks before starting his 2012 presidential campaign.

“Mentally and physically I was not on my game at all,” he said.

Mr. Perry has made several trips in recent months to Iowa, which holds the first-in-the-nation caucuses. He has also garnered widespread attention after a grand jury indicted him for abusing his power in an attempt to force a district attorney to resign after she had been arrested for drunken driving.

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