Austin, Texas (CNN) – Some potential donors and bundlers for Texas Governor Rick Perry, if he mounts a presidential campaign, are meeting Tuesday in Austin, a Republican source confirms.
These money men have been talking to possible financial supporters around the country weighing how much support a candidacy would garner and will deliver their preliminary results during these meetings, the source told CNN.
The Austin American-Statesman reported four dozen potential donors were attending the session. Perry spokesman Mark Miner told CNN the governor is not attending the meetings but would have dinner with the donors Tuesday evening.
This comes as Perry is seriously weighing whether to mount a campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.
He has been calling many Republican activists and party leaders in the key early voting states in the past few weeks and on Tuesday spoke by satellite with a group of South Carolina pastors.
Over the weekend an interview Perry gave to the Des Moines Register stoked more speculation that he was ready to jump in.
"I'm not ready to tell you that I'm ready to announce that I'm in," he told the paper. "But I'm getting more and more comfortable every day that this is what I've been called to do. This is what America needs."
At a bill signing Monday, he sought to clarify his reference to being "called" was not meant to infer that God was seeking him to run after he faced some criticism for the remark.
"There's a lot of different ways to be called. My mother may call me for dinner," he said.
"There are people calling from all across the country, into me directly or to people they know and saying, 'Man we wish you would consider this,'" he added.
Later this week Perry, who is headed of the Republican Governors Association, will travel to Aspen to attend a major gathering of 200 of the group's donors – a potential large base of financial support if he enters the GOP presidential sweepstakes, a source with knowledge of the meeting confirmed to CNN.
Perry will head to California for private meetings with business leaders to talk about jobs and the economy, his spokesman told CNN.