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A day after saying farewell to the Texas Legislature, soon-to-be-former Gov. Rick Perry said hello to a possible second run for president.

After an animated speech before fellow GOP brass at the Republican National Committee’s winter meeting at the Hotel Del Coronado, Perry told The Associated Press that he’s better prepared for another run at his party’s nomination.

“I don’t shy away from the fact that I have been preparing. Preparation’s done. I’m ready,” The Associated Press quoted Perry as saying Friday. “But I will announce at the appropriate time my intentions.”

Perry told the AP that he was wrong to think he could give 100 percent in his “Oops”-embarrassed 2012 presidential campaign while being governor.

“You can’t give 100 percent of your time to both,” Perry said. “There are maybe some people who are a little bit arrogant that think they can do that, and you’re looking at one of them.”

He further said: “I got 14 years of preparation as governor running the most successful state in the nation. I spent the last 23 months in deep preparation on monetary, domestic, foreign policy. I’m ready.”

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