First on CNN: Perry plans campaign-style swing through South Carolina
November 27th, 2013
02:36 PM ET
5 months ago

First on CNN: Perry plans campaign-style swing through South Carolina

(CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry will make a campaign-style swing through the key Republican primary state of South Carolina next week, making four appearances in the state's most conservative region.

Perry's keynote speech to a South Carolina Republican Party banquet in Spartanburg next Tuesday has already been announced.

But the governor has added several more stops to his itinerary, CNN has learned. He will also address the Rotary Club of Downtown Spartanburg earlier that day, putting him in touch with members of the Upstate business community, many of whom supported him during his ill-fated 2012 presidential bid.

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The following day, Perry will be the keynote speaker at the Electric Co-Ops of South Carolina Annual Meeting in Greenville. And later that same morning, he plans to address a fundraiser for a local chapter of the Boy Scouts of America, also in Greenville. Perry, a former Boy Scout, opposed the group's decision earlier this year to admit openly gay Scouts.

Perry has made no secret of his interest in a second presidential bid, and the South Carolina trip will be Perry's second visit this year to the first-in-the-south primary state.

In August, he attended Gov. Nikki Haley's re-election announcement in August, and had a private dinner with Haley and a small group of advisers at a Greenville steakhouse later that evening, two Republican sources told CNN.

Earlier this month Perry made a two-day swing in Iowa, the state that kicks off the presidential caucus and primary calendar.


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soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Gee, would it be improper for me to wonder how much of this "campaign style swing" is being paid for by Texas taxpayers?

    November 27, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  2. Data Driven

    Who's encouraging him?

    Seriously, I want to know. His 2012 was the biggest flameout in primary history, given the hype surrounding his candidacy.

    What has changed from last year? Has he grown less idiotic, and voters more so? What?

    November 27, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Data Driven

    Who's encouraging him?

    Seriously, I want to know. His 2012 was the biggest flameout in primary history, given the hype surrounding his candidacy.

    What has changed from last year? Has he grown less idiotic, and voters more so? What?
    ----------------------------------–
    The fact the he's getting primed for another run demonstrates that he hasn't changed one bit. He's still in PerryWorld.

    November 27, 2013 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  4. Ol' Yeller

    Actually, I read an article where he will be swinging through 3 southern states. With stops in North Carolina, South Carolina, and er, uh.... ummmmm.....
    Oops!
    Give it up Rick. You are like the last TX Governor the GOP sold the American people.... only with less integrrity, ethics, and intellectual capacity.
    And that my friends, is scary....

    November 27, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  5. Silence DoGood

    " opposed the group's decision earlier this year to admit openly gay Scouts."

    Hypocrisy of the Radical Right:
    Government is telling me what to do is bad.
    Making moral judgement telling others what to is good.
    Morality in Law (former DOMA) is even better.

    November 27, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    The governor with the highest number of uninsured people plans on making another run. Good luck with that.

    November 27, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Texas Gov. Rick Perry will make a campaign-style swing through the key Republican primary state of South Carolina next week, making four appearances in the state's most conservative region."

    #1. Why is Perry still making national news?

    #2. Who cares what Perry does while in South Carolina's "most conservative" region?

    November 27, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  8. luke,az

    "OOPS" Perry just can't stay out of the limelight. He's one of the best weapons that the Dems have to regain control of the House.

    November 27, 2013 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  9. Len

    Wow!!! Perry and Cruz in a primary!!! Positively entertaining!!!

    November 27, 2013 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  10. S.B. Stein

    I really have to wonder why he is going to do that again. He was such an awful candidate. He may have the looks but seems to boarder on Dan Quayle's intelligence.

    November 27, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  11. current state of the union

    He hasn't a chance, I think its safe to say most Americans think he's not very bright, who thinks he has even a small chance? This guy can't remember 3 things, I'm losing my memory and can still recall three things, egads, I would seriously feel scared to death or him being the President, I want my president smarter than me, this tool can't fill that billing, not presidential material, period.

    November 27, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  12. Ol' Yeller

    "I want my president smarter than me"
    I'm not sure what is more frightening about this remark.... is it that Democrats believe this so they try amd make every effort to elect an intelligent candidate, while republicants really don't care if their guy can find Iran on a map, just vote to bomb them?
    Or; is it more frightening that republicants actually believe this too, and they still come up with nimrods like perry, cruz, palin, paul, angle, walker, romney, ginrich, santorum, bachman....(I could go on and on and on and on....)?

    We elect Harvard Professors and Rhode's Scholars.... they want elect community college dropouts and road workers.

    November 27, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  13. The Real Tom Paine

    O'l Yeller,

    With respect, Cruz went to Harvard, Paul is an MD, Romney holds 2 degrees, Gingrich has a PhD and Santorum has at least 2 degrees as well, Bachmann has a law degree. What matters is what they do with it, and judging by their public service records, precious little if it did not pad their resume to run for POTUS.

    November 27, 2013 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  14. rs

    If we follow the Republican meme with their faux anger about the President of the United States "campaigning", I am sure we'll see them assail Mr. Perry here as well. On the other hand Texans are probably relieved when Perry is ANYwhere else. After Perry's most embarrassing performance in 2012, you'd think he would know his odds are very, very small at even surviving the first round.

    November 27, 2013 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  15. Silence DoGood

    I know why he is out campaigning!! Pro-Religious-Government, Anti-Gay, Anti-Women – he is going to run for office in Iran!

    November 27, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  16. CB FL

    The only thing I think Perry should run for is the border.(Mexico)

    November 27, 2013 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  17. Tampa Tim

    Perry is at a disadvantage because Scott Walker professes to have a high school diploma. Maybe Perry is going to SC to fire on Ft Sumter and secede from the union.

    November 27, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  18. Gunderson

    Aw, Shucks,
    Ya'll just scared Perry will be your next Prez. But remember, If you like your Plan you can keep your Plan, Period. And remember, your Taxes will not go up one thin dime. Now who said that?

    November 27, 2013 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  19. rs

    Silence DoGood

    I know why he is out campaigning!! Pro-Religious-Government, Anti-Gay, Anti-Women – he is going to run for office in Iran!
    ______________________________
    It is sort of funny- when you break down what the GOP is doing legislatively, their agenda fits quite nicely into many Middle Eastern theocracies. In fact, they are even more conservative than some of them.

    November 27, 2013 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  20. teaparty cn suck a root

    Scott Walker may have a high school diploma but Gov.Rick Perry from the great state of Texas? was valedictorian of his GED class.

    November 27, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  21. The Real Tom Paine

    -Gunderson

    Aw, Shucks,
    Ya'll just scared Perry will be your next Prez. But remember, If you like your Plan you can keep your Plan, Period. And remember, your Taxes will not go up one thin dime. Now who said that?
    ****************************
    Ah, ray E, still trying to peddle your tidbits from your worhtless intellectual Pez dispener? Well, if you want no investment in education, lousy health, endless part-time jobs with no benefits, and an economy that will never benefit a middle-class family, Rick Perry is your guy.. Not a day spent in the private sector, either,

    November 27, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |