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The longest serving governor in Texas history is set to reveal his future political plans tomorrow in San Antonio governor Rick Perry's announcement comes.
In the middle of a special session to deal with an abortion bill filibustered to death by Democrats.
Governor Perry joins us now from Austin Governor Perry it's good to see you've got this big announcement coming up tomorrow.
A lot of talk that you will not stand for historic fourth term as Texas governor will -- or won't you.
Well as budget does it need to be there in San Antonio tomorrow and find out whether -- -- all right so let's look at that believes recent poll.
By the democratically PP people -- group finds 60% of Texans don't think you should run again and I wondered does that factor into your decision on know that you want.
In challenging times before but does that take a little bit of the fire out of your -- How not at all you know polls are polls and -- as a matter fact I think it was.
Four years ago that showed us 25 points down to a sitting United States senator.
And the fact is that that -- thing to do with what our focus is coming I have an announcement tomorrow but we have a special session with some important issues in front of us.
We're gonna pass.
Some restrictions on abortion taxes so that.
Texas is a place -- we defend life -- that's the powerful message here and that's what we're focused on than politics take care of itself.
All right but you do also had this big special exciting announcement about your future tomorrow they -- wanna come back -- -- -- in the second let's talk about.
That special session and the abortion bill coming up again -- we all know what happened to that.
When it was filibuster by state senator Wendy Davis in the closing hours of a special session what are you doing this time around.
To ensure that that doesn't happen again because a lot of conservatives.
Were very angry about the way that was handled.
You know and it never happened before when you look at Texas history.
People -- relayed to me that never in the history of Texas facing that type of a mob rule command and and to -- light a legislative session.
And Texans want to protect life and that's the bottom line here and -- Calling and other special session we can be in and out here in ten days get our work done get our transportation bill that was also killed another juvenile justice bill.
Address so they're gonna have hearings tomorrow full well expect the legislature to.
To manage this and appropriate way get it done way before the thirty day period of the legislation.
Runs out on -- Special session now you're you're also suspending the role which would -- two thirds for approval to bring up debate -- let me ask -- about.
The comic -- just made there you said mob rule.
And that is quote that in the characterization that you -- used before.
Senator Davis stood up and filibustered under the rules a bill that does a filibuster constitute.
-- not at all and and I think you're misrepresenting how what I'm saying here it was the gallery.
That was out of control.
Literally out of control with no.
Ability to hear what was going on on the on the senate floor I think anyone who watched that would consider that to be mob rule.
And to do it would need to express purpose.
Running out the clock if you -- that's what occurred filibusters happen all the time and I suspect that if somebody wants to try to filibuster again -- certainly.
Welcome to do that the rules were followed.
On the senate floor it was -- decorum of the senate chamber.
That was put.
In bad lie and and frankly.
I would suggest that the senate officials will not let that happen again Maria what about the lieutenant governor David Dewhurst and he has.
Seem to be a little chagrined at -- how that was all handled what will he do to ensure that the gallery does not try to take over the four.
Well again it never happened.
The best I can tell in Texas history is that ever happened mean my sources.
Realizing that -- nothing like that is ever happened in and Texas history and the lieutenant governor.
I'm sure was as shocked as anyone and I'm.
Also very confident that he's making arrangements if people want to comment.
The democratic process that they will be.
Escorted out of the chamber appropriately after after the filibuster and in the death of the billion took what a lot of people saw as a personal swipe against senator Davis at the national right to live conference look let me just play that -- last about -- She was a teenage mother herself.
She managed to eventually.
Graduate from Harvard Law School and served in the Texas and it.
It's just unfortunate.
That she hasn't learned from her own example.
That every life must be given a chance to realize its full potential and that every life matter.
-- comments governor were very popular among the audience in attendance but that even Republican house speaker Joseph Straus took exception to what you said he said quote when he Perry.
Crosses the line into the personal than he damages himself.
And he damages the Republican Party in hindsight do you do you regret your comments and do you think that if you decide to run for president again -- points sixteen.
That those comments could hurt you with independent women.
Actually those comments were meant to be a compliment to her for what she had accomplished in -- life and you think.
About where she came from what she's accomplished in -- -- fact I would think.
That she's very proud of that as well my point was that saving a life.
And letting that life.
Come to its fulfillment.
And all the good things that happened you never know.
Four in -- who's going to be.
To be an extraordinary individual who's going to.
Make that real impact and in life and that was our point that we were making.
And nothing else nothing more so what why do you think it was seen so differently by so many people including the Republican speaker of the Texas house.
You know I think this is such a volatile issues that people -- grasping on to anything that they can criticize.
And not focusing on what's really at hand here and the taking of life after twenty weeks that's what this is about the killing of babies that are viable outside.
Their moms bodies after twenty weeks is what this is about.
A lot of folks really don't want to talk about that they would like to focus on practically anything rather than to say.
We support that process that there is talk governor that Florida senator.
Marco Rubio may sign onto a national bill to ban abortion after twenty weeks is is that is.
What is needed in your estimation a national bill or should this be handled -- the state level.
Well I'm a big believer that the State's third time where these issues.
Are best handled I think is -- more efficient way if you know it's.
Someone wants to go with a national bill or even idea.
-- constitutional amendment that's their right then and it just takes a long time.
In -- is we're going to support.
Protecting life we're going to stand up and say.
After twenty weeks we are not going to allow abortion -- -- we're gonna make sure that these health.
Clinics are safe that they are under the safety standards that any other surgical facility would be under and the doctors have admitting.
Procedure practices in place so that they can look after someone if that procedure goes bad so.
Those are common sense approaches ten other states have him.
That as well so.
This is gonna pass in and you know -- I come pretty good accountant votes and I think the support is overwhelmingly there in the house and the senate.
And we will get this done and get Texas back focused on.
Economic interest that are going on in and creating jobs and leading the nation in job creation.
So you do you think this is a done deal -- -- gives me a little bit of leeway here to come back to your future political plans and and one of the things that I'm wondering about it is somebody who's seen as a good Republican candidate.
For governor there and sexist is the attorney general Greg -- he has amassed a fortune -- more than eighteen million dollars.
At last count to make a run and he has said that he will not run against view.
In a primary.
Are your plans to clear the decks for attorney general -- to run for governor next year.
Well again ice.
Just give -- ill advised tomorrow in San Antonio.
I'll announce my plans and at that particular point in time we can.
Expand on that would would would you think that general Abbott would make a good governor.
I think tomorrow afternoon will be more than.
Happy to discuss what his future plans would be and -- mine let's talk about 2016 you wanna take another run -- the president's.
Well certainly the that's an option out there but again.
We got a lot of work to do in this -- right behind me over the course the next couple weeks that.
I have my focus substantially more than -- and 2014 part 2060.
With the exception of the time that you'll take out tomorrow to talk about your political future which brings me to and another point governor fight could.
A new poll from the University of Texas and Texas Tribune shows that.
For president more they run more to the direction of a -- -- if he decides to run.
Other polls show that he would beat -- by fifteen points also says that he has a substantial margin among conservatives including people describe themselves as very conservative.
And he beats you forty to two on the tea party for.
He is seen as the true conservative there in Texas do you have some work to do.
To win back conservatives to say Rick Perry is the guy you want to have in the White House.
Well the work that needs to be done is right here in this building behind us -- and and you know polling for an election that's better than two years off is.
I suppose good for polling companies -- frankly it's not much.
Good and I don't get distracted by those my work is behind me to make sure that innocent life is protected in the state of Texas.
To make sure that women get the health care that they deserve in these clients.
And make sure that this done safely and appropriately that's what we're focused on that's where we're going to be.
And the politics will play itself out over the next two and a half years.
Before -- sixteen shows so we'll look let me -- then governor close -- what might be an obvious question at this point -- -- say that the work is going on behind -- in the Texas legislature.
Why it's taken the time from that to go to San Antonio to talk about your political future.
Would people can multitask rather well and so.
San Antonio 75 miles come on down to Texas and I'll show you how easy you can roll down that road back I've done it many many times fifth governor Rick Perry thanks for joining us -- -- -- watching tomorrow.
Afternoon 1 o'clock -- in San Antonio which is great city -- you have some so long.
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