The guessing game is over: Texas Gov. Rick Perry is joining the Republican presidential-nomination fray. But is he ready to launch a national campaign? In an Austin interview, he told Time magazine's Mark Halperin that he's fully engaged and confident in his fundraising ability.
"Yeah, I’m kind of getting to the all-in point and the idea that this is what I’m supposed to be doing," Perry says in one clip of the interiew. "I mean, this is starting to get to that comfort level, and I’ve got the calmness in my heart. I think that was a bit of a hurdle initially, but I’m very calm in my heart that this is what I’m supposed to be doing."
Perry also dismissed reported tensions between himself and former President George W. Bush. In fact, Perry said that he consulted Bush in July for advice on whether to run. Perry recalls that Bush "said you don't want to wake up when you're 70 and go, 'I wish I had tried that. I wish I had done that.' "
When asked if he could go toe-to-toe with President Obama in raising money, Perry said, "I think it will be quite competitive in the fundraising side."
Read the entire interview at Time.com.