ABC News’ Arlette Saenz (@arlettesaenz) reports:
Fellow Texan Sen. John Cornyn predicted today that Texas Gov. Rick Perry will pull the trigger and run in 2012.
“He should run. I think he will run,” Cornyn said today on the Laura Ingraham show. “He’s got great political instincts and he’s got a great record to run on.
On Monday, Cornyn said this is “best opportunity” for Perry to seek the presidency.
“I haven’t talked to him, but if he ever aspired to run, this is the best opportunity he’ll probably ever have,” Cornyn told Politico.
This is a change from Cornyn’s comments this June that it may be too late for Perry to enter the race.
“The field is already pretty full,” Corny told reporters on a conference call in June. “There have been a lot of people working at it for a number of years.
Cornyn joins a number of Republicans who believe Perry will ultimately say yes to seeking the GOP nomination. Last week, Iowa Gov. Tim Branstad told Politico he thinks “it’s very likely” he’ll run for president in 2012, and former Bush advisor Karl Rove told the Fox Business Network in early July that he thinks Perry will decide to run.
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Perry is in California today holding private meetings with business leaders, who could be potential donors in the future. This marks Perry’s sixth trip to California this year and his third time in the state since June.