Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry was full of surprises Sunday, the first of which was an appearance on CNN anchor Jim Acosta’s weekend show. An even bigger surprise is that Perry teased a possible 2024 presidential run, which would be his third White House bid if he follows through.
Perry served as Energy Secretary under former President Donald Trump, and his entry into the Republican primary would pit him against his old boss — a CNN chyron noted that Perry once called Trump a “cancer” on conservatism, although this was in 2015 during the GOP primary and he would go on to serve in Trump’s administration.
The network would also note that Perry was “the latest onetime Trump appointee to distance himself from the former president’s third White House bid.”
“I’m still trying to sort that out for myself,” the former governor said when Acosta questioned him about Trump being the party’s nominee in 2024. “He may get to hear me call him names again.”
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry tells @Acosta that he is thinking about running for the GOP nomination in 2024, “It’s still early in the process, so I haven’t written off that.” pic.twitter.com/JqswnoKAcJ
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) May 14, 2023
Perry said he has not “written off” the idea of running, “If you’ll recall, I didn’t announce for president in 2011 until August, so we’ve got a lot of time left.”
When Acosta pressed on the possibility of a run, he left the idea open.
“It’s early in the process, I think, for any of us to sit back and say, ‘I’m for this person or that person,’” he said. “It certainly is something that I haven’t taken off the table, but the chances of it happening are probably a little bit slim.”
“There’s a lot of time left, and we’ll see how this all works out,” Perry added.
Acosta, who made his name clashing with Trump, remains obsessed with the former president. In plugging Perry’s appearance online, he was quick to point out that he “declined to throw his support behind Trump.”
Former TX @GovernorPerry just told us he is looking at another run for president in 2024. He declined to throw his support behind Trump.
— jim acosta (@Acosta) May 14, 2023
Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:
Rick Perry would have been a much better President than any of our last three. But it’s too late for him. That book is closed, stamped, sealed and remaindered. https://t.co/VvWke0K2fK
— jeremysenderowicz (@senderowiczj) May 15, 2023
Reader, he will definitely throw his support behind Trump. https://t.co/rbhd8iVFq6
— Bryan Edward Stone (@bestoneTX) May 14, 2023
What’s that saying about the presidential itch only going away when you’re dead? https://t.co/XFvr11F4e5
— Varad Mehta (@varadmehta) May 14, 2023
He just wants more speech bookings and possibly a book. Running for President shouldn’t be just a book tour. https://t.co/74ChmVdtO4
— MC Baker (@mcbakerar) May 15, 2023
Former Republican Governor of Texas Rick Perry has said he might be interested in a 2024 run@RickPerryDaily
That is a game changer for me – he has the maturity and experience to be a great President – I trust Rick Perry to lead us out of the Biden mess –
— David A Sirbasku (@ASirbasku) May 15, 2023
Serious question: When people run who don’t stand a chance, is it just a paying job? You raise money and I’m guessing that some of it legally goes to the candidate for “expenses”. More fun that working for a think tank? Do I have this all wrong?
— Glen (@gleng1) May 15, 2023
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