Governor Perry delays announcement on running for re-election

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Updated: 6/28/2013 9:24 pm
The governor originally said he would announce his re-election plans by July 1st. Now that he's called a second special session, he is delaying the announcement until the legislature finally finishes its business. Cindy Rugeley is an assistant political science professor at Texas Tech.

"Generally when they say they'll announce after a session, they don't want to say they're not running again is because they're afraid that they'll lose influence in a legislative session. The only reason I could imagine that he's putting off that announcement is because he's going to announce that he's not going to run again." Rugeley said.

A decision to forego an unprecedented fourth term would not be popular with some Lubbock voters, who would welcome another four years with Perry at the helm. Lidonna Goodwin and Mary Seward approve of Perry.

"I think he should definitely run. I mean, I think he's done a great job. Texas is doing better than any state in the Union and I think he should go again." Goodwin said.

"I really like his govern of Texas and would be glad for him to be re-elected." Seward said.

Then there are those who say thirteen years is enough. Tim Green said Perry does a good job, but thinks it's time for him to move on.

"I think he's done a good job but maybe it's time to retire, maybe go on to other things whether he runs for president again or not."

"I don't know about president. Maybe so, maybe in another two terms, maybe. But not right now." Goodwin said.

And there are those who think his remarks Thursday about State Senator Wendy Davis, the new darling of the democrats in Texas and nationwide, make him unsuitable as governor or president.

"In fact even the woman who filibustered the senate the other day, was born into difficult circumstances. She was the daughter of a single woman. She was a teenage mother herself. She managed to eventually graduate from Harvard law school and serve in the Texas senate. It's just unfortunate that she hasn't learned from her own example." Perry said Thursday.

Melissa Minnix does not think Perry should run or be re-elected as Governor.

"I think it's very contradictory for somebody to on one hand say that they value all human life and then go and execute the 500th person in Texas now." Minnix said.

rugely said the governor can't afford to add to his negatives if he wants to make another presidential run. He still has plenty left over from his first try for the White House.
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