The Wall Street Journal puts another log on the fire of speculation over whether Texas Gov. Rick Perry will run for the GOP nomination for president. In an article published this afternoon, the Journal points to conversations Perry has had over the last couple weeks about the GOP's chances against President Obama in 2012.
The article quotes unnamed sources, who say Perry has said he thinks the current field of GOP candidates are uninspiring:
"He thinks there is a void [within the current field of candidates], and that he might be uniquely positioned to fill that void," said one Perry confidant who talked to the governor last week.
In these conversations, the governor has emphasized his own track record in bringing jobs to Texas, which has created more jobs than any other state in recent years. That success, he has told supporters, would position him well in an election that will likely pivot on jobs.
The speculation on Perry's plans was ratcheted up two weeks ago, when the Governor told reporters he would "think about" running for president. He quickly added, though, that "I think about a lot of things."