Texas_Legislature_04b98[1] Former presidential candidate and Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R).

In an interview with the Associated Press, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) argues that the tea party didn't push Mitt Romney too far to the right in the 2012 presidential election.On the contrary, he said, "I would suggest to you that had he parroted more of their conservative, fiscal policies that he might have been better."

Perry also dismissed speculation that George P. Bush, the nephew of former president George W. Bush, would challenge him should the governor run for a fourth term in 2014. "I think it's just that, scuttlebutt," he said. But he had a warning for Bush too.

"There have been many people who have said 'I'm going to run for governor,'" Perry noted -- for example, former senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, who lost to Perry in the 2010 primary. "It didn't work out too well for them."