Perry responds to judge's ruling his case should continue

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry has responded to a judge's ruling allowing a felony abuse-of-power case against him to proceed. Perry and his attorney held a press conference and say they will appeal the ruling.

Perry said today that he would issue the veto again if given the chance. He says the ongoing abuse of power case will not delay his preparations for a possible run for the White House. Perry says he will make an announcement about a 2016 run sometime in May or June.

Perry's press conference comes a day after state District Judge Bert Richardson, who like Perry is a Republican, rejected the former governor's arguments that the case should be dismissed as unconstitutional.

Perry's attorneys maintained he was within his rights when he threatened, then exercised, a 2013 veto of funding for public corruption prosecutors. That came after the Democrat leading the unit, Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, refused to resign following her drunken-driving conviction.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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