Texas governor Perry: I'll think about running for president

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Posted: May 27, 2011 11:53 AM
Texas governor Perry: I'll think about running for president

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas Governor Rick Perry said on Friday that he will weigh a run for the Republican nomination for president.

"I'm going to think about it," the Republican governor told reporters after he ceremonially signed a bill requiring Texans to show photo identification to vote.

That's a change from Perry's earlier insistence that he would not run. Recently, he has responded to questions about whether he would run by saying that he was focused on the legislative session that ends on Monday.

Asked on Friday whether he'll think about running after the session is over, he said yes.

Perry, the longest-serving governor in Texas history, is a steadfast conservative who was an early supporter of the Tea Party movement. He has frequently clashed with the federal government and President Barack Obama.

(Reporting by Corrie Maclaggan; Editing by Greg McCune)