Perry wouldn’t rule out another shot at the White House.
"Certainly that's an option out there," he said when asked about 2016.
Perry also pushed back against a recent Texas poll that showed Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzPaul: Pence should oversee Senate ObamaCare repeal votes Senators introduce new Iran sanctions With no emerging leaders, no clear message, Democrats flounder MORE (R-Texas) is much more popular with the conservative base in the state than Perry.
"The politics will play itself out over the next two and a half years before 2016 shows up," he said.
Cruz is slated to headline a major Tea Party event in Florida over Labor Day weekend, fueling speculation over the freshman senator’s potential interest in a future White House bid.