Despite repeatedly saying he would not make a run for it, Texas Governor Rick Perry on Friday said he will now consider tossing in his name for the Republican nomination for president.
I'm going to think about it, Perry told reporters after signing a bill that requires Texans to show photo identification to vote, Reuters reported. A similar bill was passed in Wisconsin this week by Republican Governor Scott Walker.
But he won't think about it right away. He said he'll think about it after the legislative session ends on Monday.
Perry, the longest-serving governor in Texas history, is a steadfast conservative and early supporter of the Tea Party movement, Reuters said.
If he does decide to run, Perry would join a Republican field that, many feel, still lacks a frontrunner. A recent poll conducted by CNN/WMUR, released May 23, and has former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in the lead with 32 percent of GOP primary voters. All other contenders trail behind in the single digits.
Several Republicans, whose names often see the headlines, have decided not to enter the race, including former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels.
The race is supposed to heat up next week when Romney officially announces his campaign.