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How many ways can a politician say “no”—while still leaving the door open to a presidential run?

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The Flip-Flopper: Rick Perry

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There was a time when Rick Perry was insistent he was no-way, no-how running for president—back before he was, y’know, the frontrunner for the GOP nomination. In May, as buzz about him started to intensify, Perry was asked point-blank if he’d run. His answer left a hole big enough to drive a Texas-size truck through: “I’ve got my focus on where it’s appropriately supposed to be, and that’s this legislative session. I’ve said multiple times I’m not going to get distracted from my work at hand, and I’m not going to get distracted today, either.” By August, his non-denial denial had become simply a non-denial.

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