"Now that I'm acquitted, I can step out and stir things up," DeLay joked. When asked what he could now do that he couldn't do after being convicted, he said he could travel to Canada and get a concealed weapons permit.
DeLay said earlier Thursday that the case and conviction hadn't been a burden.
"I'm not saying it was easy to go through," DeLay said. "On the other hand, if you read the ruling (it says) this is an outrageous criminalization of politics. ... In the ruling they say I should have never even been charged, much less indicted."
DeLay's attorney, Brian Wice, said he was confident DeLay would win again if prosecutors pursue an appeal.
Follow Paul J. Weber on Twitter: www.twitter.com/pauljweber
Associated Press Writer Alan Fram in Washington contributed to this report.
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.