Governor Rick Perry Says He's Not Interested In Being Vice President

Governor Rick Perry says he's not interested in becoming Vice President. But he still hasn't made up his mind yet on whether or not he'll run for president in 2012.

Governor Perry says he rather stay the Governor of Texas, than to be Vice President.

Governor Perry says he has received an overwhelming amount of support from people, including key people in some early voting states.

The focus has also been on Governor Perry's travel expenses, as he continues to hit the road on a possible campaign trail.

Gov. Rick Perry said Monday that it was appropriate for Texas taxpayers to pick up the expense of his security even if costs shoot up dramatically while he travels around the nation running for president.

"We're still going to have a protective detail that travels with us," Perry said. "I think that's kind of a diversion."

It was the first time in weeks that Perry, who had back surgery on July 1, took questions from the Texas Capitol press corps. Perry spoke with reporters after a bill-signing ceremony to mark passage of a bill expanding managed care and making other cost-saving changes to Medicaid, the state-federal health care program for the poor and disabled.

Perry took several questions about comments he made over the weekend to the Des Moines Register. The governor told the paper in first-test Iowa that he felt as if he were being "called" to run for president, prompting some critics to conclude that he was attaching a religious connotation to his decision-making process.

Perry downplayed those remarks at the Texas Capitol Monday. He said his use of the word "called" should be taken more literally, comparing it to a call to his mother - or calls from gobs of friends and would-be supporters who think he should get in the race.