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Perry has scheduled a Monday press conference where he'll announce his decision on whether to run again. Sources say the governor is leaning against another run, but is taking a serious look at a second bid for president following his disappointing 2012 campaign.

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 CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzMcSally, staff asked to break up maskless photo op inside Capitol Capitol's COVID-19 spike could be bad Thanksgiving preview Republican senators urge Trump to label West Bank goods as 'Made in Israel' 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.