Romney’s dream of becoming the nominee are about to do down in flames.

(The Hill) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) talked to former President George W. Bush last month about possibly running for president.

In an interview with Time magazine, Perry, who’s set to make an announcement about entering the race this weekend in South Carolina, said he has decided he wants to be president. And he said his predecessor in Texas governor prodded him toward running.

“‘You’ll do what’s right,'” Perry said Bush had told him when Perry called the former president on his birthday. “He said you don’t want to wake up when you’re 70 and go, ‘I wish I had tried that. I wish I had done that.'”

Perry made it clear in the interview that he’s ready to run for president and has done a 180 in terms of his desire to seek the country’s highest office.

“I went from ‘No, got the best job in America’ to today being fully engaged in this process,” Perry said. “The issue of ‘Is this something I want to do?’ was something dealt with 45 days ago in a conversation with my wife.”