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) - Texas Governor Rick Perry said Friday he's considering a run for the Republican nomination in the 2012 presidential election.

The governor expects to make a formal decision on his potential candidacy after the Texas state legislature adjourns on May 30.

If Perry does make a run he'll join a field that includes Tim Pawlenty, the former governor of Minnesota, and potentially Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts,

, who is expected to make an announcement on his presidential bid as soon as next week.

Perry was surrounded by reporters at a ceremonial bill signing when one journalist asked him if he had thought about running for president. "I'm going to think about it," Perry said. "I think about a lot of things."

Perry has been in office for more than ten years, and is the longest serving governor in the history of the state. Until Friday, Perry has avoided injecting his name into the presidential conversation.


Written by Joe Deaux in New York.

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