Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Friday he is considering a run for the Republican nomination in 2012, saying he'll decide after the current legislative session ends next week.
"Yes sir, I'm going to think about it," Perry said in a response to a question from a reporter, "but I think about a lot of things," he added with a grin.
"Why have you changed your mind? " a reporter asked.
"I didn't say I was running, did I? " Perry quipped. "I'm going to think about it."
A spokeswoman tells Fox News, "The governor's focus remains on the final five days of the session. We still have a lot of important work to get done for the people of Texas. The governor has had no intention of running."
But a longtime Perry adviser tells Fox, "As he has said, all this attention would cause any human to think about his options...the media in Texas is laser-focused on this issue, and in any tea leaf as news."
Perry is the longest-serving governor in Texas history and won an unprecedented third four-year term last November.