Former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory won't make a formal announcement about another run for governor until 2012.
But in a new YouTube video released Tuesday, the Republican contender left little doubt he'd get in the race, saying "I intend to be a part of (the state's) better future."
"I'm hoping to make a formal announcement sometime after the first of the year," McCrory says. "So why the delay? Well, in the first place, campaigns have become too long and too costly. You know what i mean? Elections are barely over before candidates are off and running again. Frankly, the continuous political season wears on everybody, especially during these tough times."
McCrory, ironically, hits the same tones as Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue when she commented about the never-ending campaign -- though in a less artful way that drew national attention.
He also jokes about the previous video he released in which he didn't seem to know his dog's name -- handling his recent gaffe in a much different way than Perdue.