Very good news for Democrats:
(Reuters) – Texas Governor Rick Perry, a fierce conservative critic of the federal government, changed his stance on Friday and said he will consider seeking the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.
“I’m going to think about it,” Perry told reporters after he signed a bill requiring Texans to show photo identification to vote.
Perry had said repeatedly he would not seek the Republican nomination to challenge President Barack Obama next year, although he has been urged to get in the race by some conservatives unhappy with the current field…
Several high-profile Republicans have decided in recent weeks not to run for president, including Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and businessman Donald Trump.
Perry, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush have been at the top of the wish list for Republicans hoping to lure more big-name candidates into the race.
Perry had responded to recent questions about running by saying he was focused only on the Texas legislative session that ends on Monday. Bush and Christie have said they will not run, but Christie will meet next week with Iowa activists who want him in the race.
Asked on Friday whether he’ll think about running after the session is over, Perry said he would.
“I think about a lot of things,” said Perry, who is chairman of the Republican Governors Association.
Run, Rick, run! This coming election season is going to be a lot fun. So far, the Republicans have got Tim Pawlenty, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul and some other guy I’ve never heard of and whose name I cannot recall (I think he used to run a pizza company or something). Those who will be jumping in in the next few weeks, besides Governor Goodhair and the fat dude from New Jersey, include Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann. I would be very surprised if Jeb Bush should decide to become embroiled in this mess. Besides, I think the United States has had it “up to here” with Bushes.
If nothing else, the next 18 months or so are going to be extremely entertaining.