Rick Perry, former Secretary of Energy in the Donald Trump administration, is considering running for president.
The former Texas governor said he hasn’t taken it “off the table.”
However, Perry noted his chances of throwing his hat in the GOP presidential primary are slim.
In an interview with CNN, Perry declined to support President Trump’s campaign.
When asked if he thinks Trump should be the 2024 GOP nominee, Perry said, “I’m still trying to sort that out for myself.”
“He may get to hear me call him names again,” Perry commented.
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If Perry decides to run for president, 2024 would be his third bid for office.
He ran in the GOP presidential primary in 2012 and 2016.
When asked explicitly if he was considering another run for president, Perry did not give a direct answer.
“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,’” Perry 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,” he added.
Perry is the longest-serving Texas governor in history, assuming the role in 2000, when Gov. George W. Bush resigned to become president. He won three full terms before opting against reelection in 2014.
Trump picked Perry as his energy secretary in 2017, a position he held until he resigned in 2019 amid scrutiny over his role in the administration’s dealings with Ukraine
Watch Rick Perry’s full CNN interview: