An MSNBC reporter asked Rick Perry in an interview that aired this morning whether the Texas governor is "smart enough to be president of the United States." Perry responded that "running for the presidency is not an IQ test."
"Perry's moving out of the governor's mansion in January," when his term ends, says MSNBC political correspondent, "but in the meantime, he's hosting top donors and supporters here for dinners to give them a sense of what his political future might be."
"I think over the course of the last two years, people, you know, they realize that what they saw in 2011 is certainly not the person they're looking at in 2013, 2014, 2015," Perry said, explaining his poor performance in the last presidential election.
The reporter asks, "And are you smart enough to be president of the United States?"
"I think the standpoint of life's experiences. Running for the presidency is not an IQ test. It is a test of an individual's resolve. It's a test of an individual's philosophy. It's a test of an individual's life's experiences. And I think Americans are really ready for a leader that will give them a great hope about the future," Perry replies.