'Preparing' for 2016 presidential bid: Rick Perry

Rick Perry: Preparing for 2016 presidential run
Rick Perry: Preparing for 2016 presidential run   

Texas Gov. Rick Perry told CNBC Monday he was thinking about and "preparing" for another run for the White House in 2016, although he hasn't made up his mind yet.

"In the future sometime I will make a decision whether I'm going to try that again," Perry said during an interview with "Power Lunch," where he was discussing Toyota's decision to move its national headquarters to Texas.

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His comments come on the heels of renewed speculation about former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's potential presidential bid. Over the weekend, his son, George P. Bush, told ABC News Bush was giving it "serious thought" and that the family was behind him "100 percent." A spokesperson for Jeb Bush said he will make a decision "late this year or in the early part of next year."

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Perry dropped out of the race for 2012 Republican presidential nomination after poor debate performances and a number of blunders on the campaign trail led to plummeting poll numbers.

As governor of Texas, Perry has spearheaded a campaign to lure businesses to the state, with Toyota being his latest success. He is also indicted by a grand jury in August on two felony counts of abuse of power over a veto threat involving public corruption prosecutors. Perry maintains he was within his rights.

While Perry and his potential rivals are mulling over their decisions, Perry said what should be front and center on voters' minds right now is the mid-term elections.

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"I hope everybody will focus on the next 10 days because electing men and women to the United States Senate that share this pro-business, pro-job creation that [Toyota North America CEO] Jim Lentz and Rick Perry have is what's most important," he said. "2016 will take care of itself."

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—The Associated Press contributed to this report.