Texas Gov. Rick Perry is beginning to sound more and more like a presidential candidate, even as his advisers insist he remains several weeks — at least — away from a decision on the race.

“When the current [legislative] session wraps up, he will take a systematic look at what it would take to enter the race and mount a competitive effort,” said Perry chief political strategist Dave Carney. Carney added that “not much has changed” in the governor’s thinking of late.

But, at this past weekend’s Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Perry’s speech certainly had all the elements of a man getting ready to run.