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Rick Perry Says Presidential Run Still A 'Very Viable Option'

HOUSTON, TX - MAY 03:  Texas Gov. Rick Perry pumps his fist before speaking during the 2013 NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits a
HOUSTON, TX - MAY 03: Texas Gov. Rick Perry pumps his fist before speaking during the 2013 NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits at the George R. Brown Convention Center on May 3, 2013 in Houston, Texas. More than 70,000 peope are expected to attend the NRA's 3-day annual meeting that features nearly 550 exhibitors, gun trade show and a political rally. The Show runs from May 3-5. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) indicated on Thursday that he's still thinking about running for president in 2016, despite his failed 2012 bid.

Perry told Newsmax's Steve Malzberg that he's going to make a decision "over the course of the next year," but that a 2016 run is a "very viable option."

In June, Perry announced that he would not run for reelection as Texas' governor, a job he has held since his predecessor, George W. Bush, won a higher office and resigned in 2000.

Another Texas Republican, Sen. Ted Cruz, is also considered a possible candidate for the White House. Perry acknowledged his counterpart's formidable political style in the Newsmax interview.

"[He's] very capable, one of the great debaters of our time, a very committed conservative -- and does a good job of representing the Texas way of doing business," Perry said of Cruz.

Perry's own debate skills are well-known, but not for the same reasons as Cruz's.

During a GOP presidential primary debate in late 2011, Perry famously said, "Oops," after he couldn't remember the names of the three Cabinet departments he would seek to eliminate if elected president. The remark helped derail his campaign, which eventually ended with his endorsement of rival Newt Gingrich just before the South Carolina primary in January 2012.

Click here for the rest of the Newsmax interview.

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