Rick Perry didn't take questions from reporters during his first visit to Houston since announcing he would not seek a fourth full term as governor.
Instead, Perry, who unsuccessfully ran for the republican presidential nomination last year, talked about his anticipated upcoming unemployment.
" This is a bit of a historic moment," Perry told a crowd of business professionals. " This is the first speech I have made after the announcement that I'm not going to be running for another term as governor. In about 18 months, I'm going to be looking for work."
Not that he seemed worried.
"Over the last ten years, Texas has been responsible for thirty percent of all jobs created nationally," he said. "(It's) a total of 1.6 million jobs."
Whether he chooses to stay in Texas, or decides to take another shot at a presidential run- was not discussed. Instead, Perry used this appearance in front of a room of business professionals, to talk a lot about the past ten years, and his recent recruitment of non-Texan employers and job seekers.
"How many of you are from out of state? Just.... great awesome," he said. " We'll have you here . We'll get you here. There may be some detractors out there of Texas, I'm thinking. Every now and then, I'll read that someone takes a shot at us for whatever reason."