With most doubts erased concerning whether he will take another stab at the White House, TX Gov. Rick Perry is aiming to clear the air about his dismal performance in the 2012 presidential race.
In an interview with CNBC’s John Harwood, Perry offered a humble assessment of his mistakes calling his previous performance “a little arrogant.”
Little more than two years have passed since his exit from the 2012 race in which his unforgettable “oops” moment in a critical GOP debate marred his political brand. Perry said of the gaffe, “I’ve had a lot of fun with it subsequently. You have just made some really good ‘Saturday Night Live’ material.”
Despite the most recent polls showing Perry at the tail end of a very large field of potential Republican presidential candidates, Perry remains confident in his 2016 prospects.
He detailed his preparation for his upcoming campaign in contrast with 2012, “One of the errors that I made [in 2012] was in not being prepared…[but] I spent the last 22 or 23 months in preparation to run for the presidency.”
In Chris Cillizza’s recent GOP nomination prediction, Perry was nowhere on the top of the list among candidates who may be potential nominees. The caveat is that few predicted in the run-up to 2012 that the final nomination fight would come down to Romney versus Santorum.