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Perry Won't Run For Governor

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 05:15 PM CDT

Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced today that he will not seek an unprecedented fourth term as governor.

Perry invited friends and supporters to the country's largest Caterpillar equipment dealership in San Antonio.  

The staunch Christian and fiscal conservative said Monday he plans to retire. That sets up an opening for fellow Republican and longtime Texas Attorney General Gregg Abbott in next year's GOP primary.

The 63-year-old Perry ran for president in 2011. He's best known in that campaign for uttering "Oops" during a debate after forgetting the third of three federal agencies he wanted to eliminate if elected.

Before that, Perry stirred controversy by suggesting Texas could secede from the U.S., and for shooting a coyote with a concealed handgun while jogging.

Still, he's considered the most powerful Texas governor since the Civil War because he served long enough to fill every state agency with his loyalists.

Perry is the longest-serving governor in Texas history. He was lieutenant governor but moved up when George W. Bush left for the White House in December 2000.

To watch video of Gov. Perry's entire announcement, go to

Perry Won't Run For Governor

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