Perry to address conservative conference in South Carolina
June 20th, 2011
08:47 PM ET
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Perry to address conservative conference in South Carolina

Washington (CNN) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry will address a conference sponsored by the conservative website on August 13 in South Carolina, his office confirmed Monday.

The appearance at the 2011 RedState Gathering will place Perry, who is seriously considering a 2012 presidential bid, in a key early primary state just as the Republican nomination fight begins to heat up ahead of Labor Day.

The speech falls on the same date as the scrutinized Iowa Straw Poll in Ames, which is considered an early indicator of a presidential campaign's standing in the leadoff caucus state.

If Perry decides to seek the Republican presidential nomination, participating in the Iowa caucuses is likely to figure prominently in his early state strategy.

A Perry adviser said the RedState appearance was booked months ago and stressed the governor is not a candidate. But the magic of flight would make it possible for him to go to Ames on the same day if necessary.

The three-day RedState Gathering will take place in Charleston and begins on August 12. Perry addressed the conference in 2010 when it was held in Texas.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is slated to deliver this year's keynote address.

Filed under: 2012 • Rick Perry • South Carolina
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Thankfully Independent

    Republicans Eisenhower and Bush (43) were total disasters and Democrat Johnson was pretty much a looser too. In short, there is no way that I would ever vote for any presidential candidate associated with Texas. Let's move on to a candidate who is actually electable.

    June 20, 2011 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  2. Kenneth

    It be good if the GOP/tea party.have but one plan:not jobs,not the ecom,not the wars.Their only plan for the people of the United State they is to get the presdient out of office.They have taken the last two years to undue all that have been done by this presdient. Their battle song is "one term president"

    June 20, 2011 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  3. Texas Doc

    Caveat Emperator America. This guy is the worst of every aspect of the Tea Party and the GOP in one package. He's the perfect candidate for a party that hates America as much as he does.

    June 20, 2011 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  4. NoPerry

    As a Texan, I feel the need to warn all American's that Rick Perry is nothing more than a career politician who does nothing for the people of Texas. If you are a friend of his he will help you. He's a pretend cowboy who wears AquaNet hairspray. Did you hear the tall tale about him shooting a poodle he thought was a coyote? The Republicans do not even like him. Can you believe he wanted to take land from Texans to build a transit system run by a company in Spain? Yup, he is a career politician that will love nothing more than the perks that come with job he can land. Wonder how much his net worth has increase since he has been Gov?

    June 20, 2011 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  5. Clwyd

    He'll probably tell them to secede from the Union like he has mentioned before! Great republican't presidential material!

    June 20, 2011 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  6. Mr. Moderate

    Here's the dirty little secret about Gov. Rick "Small Government" Perry's economic record. One third of the jobs that have been created in Texas since he became governor have been government jobs. Those government jobs which he so despises have grown at twice the rate as private sector employment during his tenure.

    June 20, 2011 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  7. fernace

    Texans are pretty sure Perry will give it a run, because just like Bush he's said Texans will be the 1st to know, when we we're actually the last. We don't doubt history will repeat itself, Perry is a Bush prodigy. He's just testing out the lay of the land & drumming up support, which apperantly is in ample supply amongst the tea baggers & far right set. Perry bragged recently that liberals are practically extinct in Tx. He must not have been looking out his window when 10's of thousands of parents, teachers, healthcare workers & emergency service people marched on the capitol earlier this year, in protest of his budget cuts! I truly don't wish him on the nation, it would just be Bush the sequel!

    June 20, 2011 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  8. Kent Bowen

    I'm sure Perry loves this picture, makes him look authorative, informed, a leader...none of which he is. Please, please, please look at his record as governor of Texas and read anything you can find of his real thoughts, positions. The guy is a Neanderthal. Son of a Bush was bad, this guy hasn't got a clue.

    June 20, 2011 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  9. Randy, San Francisco

    Perry's decision to jump into the race may be a plus for Romney since social conservative/Tea Party votes will be split among a larger pool of candidates.

    June 20, 2011 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain

    So all it takes these days to be a "GOP presidential contender" is a willingness to bad-mouth President Obama and sit on your hands when it comes to offering solutions to our nation's challenges (and don't give me that "tax cuts for the wealthy will cure the economy" crap – that policy is a PROVEN FAILURE).

    Also interesting to note that this gathering is called the RedState Gathering – what is it about "united" as in the "United States of America" that these yahoos don't get?

    Boy, if our country had had this attitude during World War II, we would have lost!

    June 20, 2011 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  11. S. B. Stein E.B. NJ

    He has a lot of indications that he is going to run. The problem is that he can't really make the case because he is too conservative for most of the country. How many people want another governor from Texas running for governor? He's critized the federal government and yet might want to lead it. Does he want the state of Texas to leave the country?

    June 20, 2011 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  12. andres

    If perry is the best the republican party can come up with, then Obama can rest comfortably. We don't need another cowboy from texas, and we certainly don't need this clown. It is unfortunate that the republican party has been hijacked by the far right and the tea party. It will make it impossible for a centrist (which is what we really need) to gain the nomination.

    June 20, 2011 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  13. Texas Resident

    If you want an evangelical/ gun nut leader that scoffs at the value of a child's education, go ahead and vote for him.

    June 20, 2011 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  14. Tubby the Tuba TEXAS

    Perry has to cover up his and his cohorts misdoings in Texas as they try to balance a 27+ Billion Dollar shortage in Texas on the backs of the hard working teachers of the state. Perry and his Repuglicans are pushing to become #50 in health care and Education. Of course this won't be mentioned at the rally as the good ol boys whoop it up in New Orleans. The state's unemployment will sky rocket this coming August when the thousands of teachers and administrators lose all their benefits because of the Repuglicans. Like most of the Republican run states, he and his cohorts have mandated that teachers lose professional rights, allowing for teachers to be furloughed for six days, and to strip them of wages at will. Too, the Republican platform seems to be rubbing our NASA as an more support for space NPR so goodbye to the fine arts. You, your family and your jobs could be next!

    June 21, 2011 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  15. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Well, Perry is the ideal republican! All for making corporate CEOs richer, against helping the elderly, children, anyone who needs help, against health care, against education. His state still ranks in the bottom 15% in education, but then again that IS what makes him such an ideal republican. Republicans want to make sure people stay dump so that they can exploit the working class and make the rich even richer.

    June 21, 2011 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  16. thomas

    Conservative alternative ?

    Civil War , the new president of the Confederacy .

    June 21, 2011 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  17. peace

    Perry is the son of Satan people don"t be fooled by this false pophet. his plan is to lead as many people as he can down the wrong path.

    June 21, 2011 03:49 am at 3:49 am |
  18. Dave

    Wait a minute… This is the same guy who suggested that Texas secede from the Union, right? Just what we need – another right-wing imbecile from Texas. I thought we had enough of that…

    June 21, 2011 07:46 am at 7:46 am |