Rick Perry Won't Run For Reelection

Rick Perry 2016? Three-term Texas governor and former presidential candidate Rick Perry announced that he won't run for reelection in 2014. "The time has come to pass on the mantle of leadership," Perry said in a press conference. Perry has been in office for almost 13 years, making him the longest-serving current governor in the U.S. Regarding his future plans—another run for the presidency?—he said only that he "will also pray and reflect and work to determine my own future path" and that "any future considerations I will announce in due time." Perry's 2012 presidential bid collapsed quickly, effectively ending in a primary debate when he forgot the name of the third U.S. department he planned to close—"oops."