Gov. Rick Perry says President Barack Obama "has put a target on Texas' back" and illustrated it by not mentioning NASA's

sprawling Johnson Space Center in Houston while announcing new space agency initiatives in Florida.

Perry spoke Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway, where his 2010 gubernatorial campaign will sponsor a car in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race.

The comments were the latest criticism of Obama by Perry amid growing speculation that the Texas leader might consider a run for president in 2012. Perry is set to appear on the cover of an upcoming issue of Newsweek.

Perry says Obama's announcement Thursday in Florida of more NASA jobs in that state left the impression that the president didn't care about Texas.