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.