Texas Gov. Rick Perry is sounding more and more like a man who intends to run for president.
“I’m not ready to tell you that I’m ready to announce that I’m in,” Perry said, according to the Des Moines Register. “But I’m getting more and more comfortable every day that this is what I’ve been called to do. This is what America needs.”
The article also reports that, "his wife, Anita, and hundreds of people nationwide say they want him to run, he said."
The wide open field and the fact that a lot of GOP money seems to be sitting on the sidelines makes it easier for a heavyweight like Perry to jump in late.
Should he run, he'd instantly be considered a top tier candidate. Perry's chances hinge on finding a sweet spot between the Tea Party appeal of Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and the executive experience of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. He can also tout the strong economic performance of Texas.
But will Americans be willing to give a chance to another Texan? Will his brashness and controversial statements hurt him among a more general audience? Time will tell.
One thing is for sure -- a Perry run would add color to what thus far has been an extremely dull race.