In case you haven't seen the Texas Monthly interview with Governor Perry, which has in some ways already been overtaken by current events, even if it's only a week old. All things considered, it's probably just as well that Perry picked this week to go globetrotting.
And just so we're clear:
Since you brought it up, there's an awful lot of speculation about you and the 2008 Republican presidential ticket. Are you prepared to say today that you would foreclose on the possibility of running for vice president?
Yes, I am. Not interested. If John McCain asked me, I'd say, "I'm sorry, Senator. I respect you. I love you ..." Mayor [Rudy] Giuliani: "You're a great guy ..." Mitt [Romney]: "You're a fine governor ... but you need to find somebody who has a passion to be your vice president. I don't."