Texas Governor Rick Perry
Texas Governor Rick Perry will not run for reelection next year, he announced today. “The time has come,” he said, “to pass on the mantle of leadership.” He will probably run for president in 2016, apparently on his pro-life, pro-Texas bona fides.
With Perry’s wife Anita providing an introduction, the event felt like a farewell to public office from the outset. Speaking from in front of heavy machinery at a Caterpillar dealership in San Antonio, Perry outlined his legislative accomplishments: tort reform, balanced budgets, keeping taxes low — and, of course, protecting the “sanctity of marriage” and “the right to life.” Trumpeting the state’s job growth, he exclaimed, “Texas works!”