Texas governor Rick Perry told late-night host Jimmy Kimmel that "America is a great place for second chances" when asked about running for president in 2016. Perry, appearing on Kimmel's show Tuesday night while on location in Austin, teased the idea of running again after his failed 2012 bid.
"Are you going to run for president again?" Kimmel asked, adding, "Obviously, maybe this isn't the place you want to announce it."
"It's probably not the place I want to announce," said Perry. "This is not the crowd I want to make the announcement to."
"Why would you run for president? I mean, it didn't go that great last time," Kimmel pressed.
"You know, America is a great place for second chances," Perry replied. "Let's just leave it at that." Watch the video below:
Perry also told Kimmel he has never smoked marijuana, and he joked that he carries a gun to interviews.
At last week's Conservative Political Action Conference near Washington, Perry reportedly brought down the house with a speech to attendees. And in a recent interview in Austin with THE WEEKLY STANDARD, the longtime Republican governor indicated that he was not ruling out a presidential bid. Perry is in his final year in office in Austin, and he will have served 14 years as governor, the longest in Texas history.
“I still think I’ve got a passion for what I do," he told TWS. "I’ve got 11 months left. I’ve got a deal that I’m working on. I got lots of deals that we’re going to be working on.”