(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry will have a private meeting with Sen. Jim DeMint on Tuesday during a campaign swing through South Carolina, CNN has learned.
The two Republicans have previously spoken on the phone but have not met in person.
The Texas governor will be in DeMint's hometown of Greenville to roll out his flat tax plan, a central part of his economic agenda. DeMint has spoken favorably about a flat tax in the past.
A DeMint aide confirmed the meeting and noted that the senator also plans to meet with businessman Herman Cain, the current GOP frontrunner, next week.
DeMint, a tea party hero thanks to his uncompromising views on government spending, is one of the most sought-after endorsers of the Republican primary fight.
He backed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney during the 2008 campaign but has not picked a candidate in the current race, despite meeting with several of them in person.
Privately, DeMint and his kitchen cabinet have been lukewarm about the GOP presidential field, and the senator made clear in email to supporters last week that no candidate has won him over.
"I have no favorite in the presidential race and have no plans to endorse anyone until I find a candidate who earns the trust of grassroots conservatives," DeMint said in the email.
Perry was supposed to take part in a September presidential forum in Columbia organized by DeMint and his allies, but Perry had to cancel at the last minute to grapple with a wildfire threat in Texas.
How much influence does Demint have in the 2012 election? ZER0!
He will have pledges to sign as his numbers continue to sink
Perry begging for king extremist help go figure. With Demint corporations will Bert unabated to do what ever they wish. The middle class will seized to exist and all the industries they support would take a dive, because poor and poor working class folks just cannot support our industries, Third world here we come. Demint and his ideology of trickle down economics, which has proven for the last 11 years that it just don't work in a global economy, will boast their trickle down system of deregulation and tax cuts to the rich 10 folds. Now you can see where we will be in the next 5 years competing with china and India who doesn't have to worry about middle class wages, have 5 times our number, and have a 10 percent growth compare to our 1 percent. I wonder who will entice big corporations to come to their side more, us or them.
How does a *personal* tax cut to the wealthy create US manufacturing jobs? Or product demand? Or any jobs for that matter.