AUSTIN, Texas — Gov. Rick Perry says he's considering a run for the White House, but the longest-serving Texas governor hasn't yet capitalized on Newt Gingrich's campaign implosion with a quick move into the GOP presidential field.

It doesn't matter, say several veteran fundraisers who helped former President George W. Bush break records as he vaulted from Texas to the White House.

They say there's still plenty of time for a candidate to get in the race even if he hasn't hired a staff, raised a dollar or made an official campaign trip to Iowa or New Hampshire. In fact, they argue, it could become an advantage for Perry, a conservative who has never lost an election.