Many are waiting eagerly for Rick Perry to leave the Governor's mansion in January after 14 long years. But unfortunately for Texas and the country, he won't be leaving public life.
“I'm not going to ride off into the sunset,” Perry recently told NBC News in an interview. “I'm pretty sure I'm not going to go back to Paint Creek, Texas, and shut my doors.”
Nor is he shutting the door to the possibility of running for president. On Sunday, he told CNN that he wouldn't rule out giving it another go. Though he says he won't make an official decision until next year, he's clearly already testing the waters.
There's more after the jump.Next week, Perry will continue to dabble in the possibility of a presidential run by heading to Iowa for a business roundtable. This is his second trip there in just a few months – he made a trip there just this past November as well. (In the 2012 primaries, he placed fifth in Iowa before dropping out.)
He's also been trying to pick up some foreign policy credentials by traveling abroad to the Middle East and England. Unfortunately, he did not appear to have learned anything from Britain's publicly funded universal health care system, which covers more people for less money.
Perry has also made some recent plays to groups outside of his base, like slamming Greg Abbott for campaigning with Ted Nugent and taking a softer stance on marijuana.
But just because Perry has grown an interest in the world outside Texas doesn't mean the feeling is mutual. Polling for Perry among the field of Republican primary contenders is consistently in the single digits. A recent McClatchy-Marist poll puts him at 2 percent. A CNN poll puts him at 8 percent, and that's the highest he's gotten in any national poll. Many of them don't even bother including him.
It's not just because his last presidential run was a disaster. It's because his governorship since then hasn't done anything to redeem it.