Texas Gov. Rick Perry offered the strongest signal yet Tuesday that he will mount a presidential campaign, saying he's now giving the 2012 contest "appropriate thought" (see video below).
"Six weeks ago, this was not on my radar screen," Perry told Fox News Channel's Neil Cavuto in a live interview. But at the urging of a number of people, including his wife, he agreed to give the race a second look.
"We're giving it the appropriate thought process. I'd hate to be pointing to a time specific, even if we decide to get in," he said.
Perry is the longest-serving governor in Texas history, taking office in 2000 when then-President-elect George W. Bush resigned. He was elected to his third full term last November, and now chairs the Republican Governors Assn.