Perry Flirts With White House Run As Bills Pile Up

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Gov. Rick Perry has 1,170 pieces of legislation awaiting his signature or a veto stamp and just three days left to get it done.

Perry, who says he's considering a run for the White House, has until Sunday to sign the bills into law or veto them. He also could allow the legislation to become law without his signature.

The deadline caps a week of national appearances and will-he-or-won't-he press coverage for Perry, who will speak Thursday in Austin at an investment firm's dinner.

Despite trips to New York City, North Carolina and New Orleans, Perry has said his focus remains on the Texas Legislature.

The legislation before him includes most of the state budget for 2012-2013. Spending for public schools is still being considered in a special legislative session.