Governor Perry talks musical talents, politics on Jimmy Kimmel

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by KVUE News

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Posted on March 12, 2014 at 6:32 AM

AUSTIN, Texas -- Jimmy Kimmel Live has set up shop in Austin for South by Southwest, and he has a star-studdded line-up ready to go. One of his guests was one of Austin's own, Governor Rick Perry.

During the close to 8 minute interview the pair talked about the Governor's musical talents, some of his policies and his political aspirations for president.

Kimmel introduced Perry as the longest serving governor in the state, to some boo's from the crowd. When asked why he wasn't running again Perry said 14 years was enough when you get a less than warm reception. Kimmel asked what Perry has done to make people dislike him so intently, and he responded with what Kimmel called a strange analogy, quote "Austin is a blueberry in the tomato soup" -- a reference to Austin's democratic nature in a mostly republican state. On the topic of politics, Kimmel acknowledged his show probably wasn't the place to make a big announcement but went there anyway asking about Perry's plans for 2016. Here's what he had to say:

Jimmy Kimmel: "Why would you run for president? It didn't go that great last time."
Governor Rick Perry: "America is a great place for second chances, let's just leave it at that."

The conversation also included talk about legalizing marijuana. Perry said Texas has been taking steps to limit the penalties for people found with small amounts of drugs, saying quote "you dont want to ruin a kids life for having a joint." Perry also used the opportunity to talk about the state's successful drug court program.

Jimmy Kimmel has some great guests at the Long Center the rest of the week including Willie Nelson, Robert Duvall, Rachael Ray.

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