Updated 07/19/2011 11:38 AM
Perry reserved on rumored presidential run
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Governor Rick Perry made relatively routine stops in Austin Monday, but you would not have guessed that from the media response.
More than a dozen media outlets followed Perry throughout the entire day, all waiting for any mention of a presidential run.
"People aren't here to cover a bill signing. With all due-respect to the bill, they are here to see if this guy is going to run for president," Jason Embry with the Austin-American Statesman said.
Perry began his day at the Texas Municipal Police Association ceremonially signing a senate bill creating more privacy between first responders and counselors.
His next stop was at the EA Sports presentation where the company announced its expansion in Central Texas. According the video game production company, the expansion will come with 300 jobs for the area.
It was at the governor’s final stop, the signing of a bill aimed at containing the costs of Medicaid, where he first mentioned anything about a possible run.
"I'm going through an appropriate thoughtful process and you all know what I think of you and you will be some of the first to know when I make that final decision," Perry said.
When questioned about the religious tone of recent statements, including one in which he said he felt a “calling” to run, Perry said he’s done nothing to hide the fact that religion is an important factor in his life and his time as governor.
"I am a man of faith, I don’t make any apologies about my faithfulness, and the fact of matter is anyone that goes through life without that foundation, I don't know how they do it," he said.
When asked if he would resign from his current role to run for national office, he declined to answer.
Political insiders speculate Perry will make his presidential intentions known at his prayer event “The Response” which will be held in Houston August 6.