Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he's received overwhelming support for a possible presidential run and isn't interested in being a vice president.

Perry told reporters after a Tuesday meeting with state officials that his wife also has urged him to get out of his comfort zone and seriously consider seeking the 2012 GOP nomination.

He says he's received support from key people in Iowa, New Hampshire and other early voting states.

Texas' longest-serving governor says if a presidential run were unsuccessful, he'd rather keep his current job than be vice president. He noted that Franklin Roosevelt's vice president John Nance Garner once said the vice presidency was "not worth a bucket of warm spit."

Perry has said he'll decide in the next few weeks whether to enter the race.


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