Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) – A group of New Hampshire GOP officials personally delivered both an entreaty and a word of caution to Texas Gov. Rick Perry this week: Come visit our state, and do it quickly.
The group of about ten Republican state heavyweights traveled to Austin Thursday to meet with Perry and ask him to come talk to voters in the first-in-the-nation primary state.
They also asked for insight on whether the charismatic social conservative was indeed planning to run in 2012.
"He said he's not ready to say yes yet but he's doing the due diligence that you need to do to run for president," said Paul Young, a former New Hampshire GOP chair who helped organize the trip. "But I suspect he'll be coming up to New Hampshire soon."
Young said Perry, who spent about an hour and a half speaking with the New Hampshire envoy, impressed the group with his informal manner and track record on job creation in Texas.
"He doesn't give you a lot of the yadda yadda that you get from a lot of the Washington political types, so that was refreshing," Young said.
The officials told Perry many Republicans representatives and grassroots activists in their state were still waiting to endorse a candidate, and the governor could move to gain their support - but cautioned the opportunity wasn't open-ended.
"I think it has to be very soon, and everybody around the table said that, if you're going to do it you have to do it soon," Young said.