Perry stokes 2016 speculation
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Texas Gov. Rick PerryRick PerryRepublicans are the 21st-century Know-Nothing Party College football move rocks Texas legislature Trump tries to spin failed Texas endorsement: 'This was a win' MORE (R) laid bare his presidential ambitions in a commencement address at his alma mater on Thursday.


Speaking to the outgoing class at Texas A&M University, Perry, who will leave office early next year, said the idea of retirement has no appeal to him.

“You know, actually, coming to think about it, in the next 30 days, I’m going to be in the same situation you’re in,” Perry said, according to the Houston Chronicle. “I’m going to be competing for a job out there at the same time you are.”

Perry said he’s looking for a position as “chief executive of a large enterprise with good benefits and a really large personal jet.”

“I put this next part in bold print — I said, ‘am willing to travel for my job’ and listed my preferred destinations: Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.”

Those three early voting primary and caucus states will be critical for any candidates seeking the Republican presidential nomination.

Perry also ticked off the accomplishments he said are the highlights on his resume, including “managing the world’s 13th largest economy and overseeing a group of people who bicker a lot, otherwise known as legislators.”

He said he’s an “experienced public speaker, [has a] well-worn veto pen, proficient in Facebook and Twitter, and frequent poster of hashtags and selfies.”

Perry has said he’ll decide early next year whether to run for president, but he has said he spent the two years since his failed 2012 bid preparing to run again.

The Texas governor has admitted that he jumped into the 2012 race overestimating his political skills and that his lack of preparation ultimately sunk his campaign.

Polls indicate Perry would have a hard time breaking through what’s expected to be a crowded field of candidates in 2016. A CNN/ORC poll released in late November showed Perry in 10th place, with only 4 percent support from Republicans.