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Rick Perry: 2012 Run Was Most 'Humbling Experience'

Tuesday, 25 Mar 2014 11:55 AM

By Wanda Carruthers

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As he eyes a second run for president in 2016, Republican Texas Governor Rick Perry said running for the nation's highest office in 2012 was "one of the most humbling experiences" of his life.

"I want to share with you, it was one of the most humbling experiences I've ever gone through in my life. This was a very humbling experience," Perry told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Tuesday.

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Alluding to the debate among Republican presidential contenders in 2012 where he lost his train of thought and answered "Oops" to a question, he credited back surgery six weeks prior to his "lapses of memory." He also admitted to a lack of preparation.

"I will suggest to you what I have been through physically, mentally. And, ill preparation. Preparation, for whatever it is in life, is really important. And, I did not prepare well enough to run for the presidency of the United States. Looking back on that, I admit that," he said.

Being humiliated and "performing the way I did" in front of four million people was "not necessarily a bad thing," Perry explained. While admitting he was "thinking about" a run in 2016, he said America was "a place that is about second chances."

"Life doesn't end at a moment of failure," he said. "It is about a place that, you know, we don't mind knocking people off of their perch. And, then, how do you perform after that?"

At present, Perry's focus is on promoting the rich energy resources in Texas. He said he's traveling to Poland to discuss "import/export" and economic development with liquid natural gas (LNG), which he called one of the "fascinating opportunities" for energy in America's future.

"I think it's probably one of the most powerful diplomatic tools we have in this country. LNG. And, we need to be using it, using it wisely to support our friends.

"The power that can come. The leverage that this region can have when it's that sufficient in energy production. The economic wealth. Manufacturing is going to come back onshore, because of the lowering of the energy cost," he said.




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