“2016 is way down the road,” Perry said, “but I’ll assure you one thing. If I decide to run for the presidency in 2016, I’ll be in way before the summer of 2016, 2015 even.”

Perry also said he would give another bid for governor "the appropriate consideration."

"My instincts are very positive towards it right now, but we’ll wait until after the legislative session to make that announcement," Perry said.

In October, Perry's legislative director told students at the University of Texas that Perry had decided to run for reelection; the statement was later walked back by the governor.