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Perry looks to the future

"I remain excited about the future and the challenges ahead, but the time has come to pass on the mantle of leadership. Today I am announcing I will not seek reelection as governor of Texas," Perry said at a Monday afternoon press conference in San Antonio. 

"I will spend the next 18 months working to create more jobs, opportunity and innovation. I will actively lead this great state, and I will also pray and reflect and work to determine my own future path."

The longtime Texas governor and failed 2012 presidential candidate said  "any future considerations I will announce in due time, and I will arrive at that decision appropriately, but my focus will remain on Texas."

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