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Rick Perry: ‘Running for the presidency’s not an IQ test’

Texas Gov. Rick Perry hasn’t decided yet whether or not he’s running for president, and says he’s smart enough to be president — but intelligence isn’t the most important thing for a leader to have.

Thanks to his “oops” moment from the 2012 campaign where he forgot the third federal agency he had planned to dismantle, Perry was asked a simple question: “Are you smart enough to be president?”

In the MSNBC interview, Perry pointed to other key things a president should bring to the table.

“Running for the presidency’s not an IQ test,” the Republican said. “It is a test of an individual’s resolve. It’s a test of an individual’s philosophy. It’s a test of an individual’s life experiences. And I think Americans are really ready for a leader that will give them a great hope about the future.”

He’s also trying to work past that “oops” moment.

“I think over the course of the last two years, people have – you know, they realize that what they saw in 2011 is certainly not the person they’re looking at in 2013, 2014, 2015,” Perry said.