American voters sent a clear message in this week's midterm elections that they reject big government, Gov. Rick Perry said Thursday.
Appearing on NBC's "Today" show, the Republican governor said his party's return to a majority in the House and its gains in the Senate indicate that voters "want (their) freedoms back."
"The work's in front of us now. I think the American people said, 'Listen, we're spending too much money on things that we don't want,"' said Perry, who was re-elected with 55 percent of the vote, soundly defeating his Democratic rival, Bill White.
"I think Republicans just need to listen to the people. And people were very clear on Tuesday night. We've got more government than we can pay for. Pare it back. We want our freedoms back," he said.
Perry is promoting his new book, "Fed Up!: Our Fight to Save America from Washington."
When asked if he planned to run for president, Perry said his zeal against big government, exemplified in his book, was a good signal that this would never happen.
"Anyone running for the presidency is not going to go take on these issues with the power that I do," he said.
See what Perry had to say on Today in the clip below: