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Beth Sullivan

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Gov. Perry: I’m Focused on Texas, Not 2012

April 10, 2010 - 6:20 PM | by: Beth Sullivan

Texas Governor Rick Perry tells Fox News he is not running for president in 2012. During an appearance on America’s News Headquarters, the republican governor, who is running for re-election this November, responded to fresh criticism from his democratic opponent Bill White that Perry is more focused on a 2012 presidential run than the needs of his home state saying, “My name is not on the straw poll. I have no interest in the presidential election personally.”

Perry’s speech at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference Friday night had some national media pundits talking about Perry for president in 2012. White’s campaign spokesperson Katy Bacon capitalized on that press — and released a statement that read, “Bill White spent his day meeting with Farm Bureau leadership and the Chamber of Commerce in Waco. Rick Perry spent his day campaigning in Louisiana, talking about Washington.”

Governor Perry fired back on Fox News and said he’s the one looking out for Texas, not White. Perry said his presence at the conference, held in New Orleans, was a recruiting trip. The governor says he’s trying to recruit Louisiana businesses to move to Texas. Perry added, “I’m for the Texas way of doing business.”

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