- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, sounding like a guy who is ready to run for president in 2016, said Tuesday that “preparation” is the key to running for the highest office in the land.

Mr. Perry, who crashed out of the 2012 race for the GOP nomination, said he had been coming off back surgery at the time and simply wasn’t ready to run for the most influential position in the world.

“I did not prepare,” he told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “I was a bit arrogant.”

Mr. Perry, who’s finishing up 14 years as governor, is making the media rounds despite an indictment in his home state that accuses him of unlawfully using his position to veto funding as leverage in his attempt to get a Democratic official to resign over her drunken driving charges. Many observers and Republicans have rallied around the governor and questioned the charges’ validity.

Mr. Perry has been weighing in an array of topics of late, including border security and the threat posed by the Islamic State.

On “Morning Joe,” he said the recent infiltration of the White House would never happen in Austin, naming a specific female officer who would put any intruders down in an instant.

“Do not try to run through the governor’s mansion,” he said.

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