Rick Perry says special session can be ‘in and out’ in ’10 days’

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) said Sunday that the state legislature is on pace to promptly pass a measure to tighten abortion laws and conclude the rest of its business in short order.

"Texans want to protect life. And that's the bottom line here. And so calling another special session, we can be in and out of here in ten days," Perry said on "Fox News Sunday."

Perry called legislators back into session after a marathon filibuster by state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) and protests from activists in the state Capitol prevented the abortion bill from winning passage in the previous session. Perry reiterated his criticism of the protesters Sunday.

"I think anyone who watched that would consider it to be mob rule," he said.

Perry will announce "exciting future plans" on Monday, but declined to say what he will reveal. Perry has not yet said whether he will run for a fourth full term as governor, nor has he ruled out another run for president.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R) has been gearing up for a run at the state's top job. Perry declined to say whether he would be seeking to clear the way for Abbott in his Monday announcement.

"I think tomorrow afternoon [we] will be more than happy to discuss what his future plans would be and/or mine," said Perry.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.

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