ABC News' Gregory Simmons and Arlette Saenz report: Gov. Rick Perry, R-TX, gave his first national interview since he began hinting at a presidential run today. Perry told FOX News anchor Neil Cavuto that 6 weeks ago running was “not on his radar screen.” Now Perry said, he is “giving it serious thought.”
After months of saying he not was considering a run, Perry did an about face at a press conference last month in Texas, telling a room of reporters, “"I'm going to think about it. I think about a lot of things."
What changed? Perry said he’s had a number of conversations with a small circle of people he trusted who made the argument the country was troubled and needed him. Gov. Perry said his wife was a major part of his decision to take steps towards running.
What would it take for him to get in the race? The Governor said it’s a process he needs to go through physically and mentally, considering mainly the toll it will take on him and his family. He said he feels he has time and doesn’t feel he has to make a decision in a month. He would not commit to a time specifically. “We have some time,” he said.
Perry also told "The Texas Tribune" in an interview today that he believes the GOP presidential field is still taking shape.
"It's pretty interesting," Perry said. "People would like to have some other options in the race, obviously."