03/01/2014 02:53 pm ET

Rick Perry Reveals When He'll 'Be More Interested In 2016'


Texas Gov. Rick Perry deflected 2016 presidential race questions in Iowa this week, insisting that his trip was to support Gov. Terry Branstad (R).

In a Thursday interview with the Des Moines Register, Perry told the paper his decision on a presidential run would come "sometime in 2015."

“Check me in December of this year when we get 2014 behind us," Perry said. "Then we’ll be more interested in 2016."

Back in July 2013, Perry announced that he would not be seeking reelection for his Texas governor post. Later in August, he said that running for president remained a "viable option."

Perry also told KCCI-TV that his Iowa trip was aimed at helping the Republican Party gain ground in the race to replace retiring Sen. Tom Harkin (D).

"You have a United States Senate seat that could possibly change," Perry said. "So how Terry does is very important to that Senate race."


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