Perry to New Hampshire hours after speaking in South Carolina
August 8th, 2011
02:17 PM ET
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Perry to New Hampshire hours after speaking in South Carolina

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Just hours after speaking at a major conservative conference in South Carolina, Texas Gov. Rick Perry will meet and greet voters in New Hampshire.

CNN has confirmed that Perry, who appears to be moving closer and closer to a run for the Republican presidential nomination, will attend a house party at the home of GOP state representative Pam Tucker. The deputy speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives was one of a group of Granite State lawmakers and GOP activists to travel to Texas last week to meet with the governor and encourage him to make a bid for the White House.

Former New Hampshire GOP Chair Paul Young, who organized the trip to Austin, said everyone in the group advised Perry to make his decision soon and asked him to put visiting the first-in-the-nation primary state high on his agenda.

"We are very excited that the governor has accepted our invitation to come up and meet some of the voters first hand in New Hampshire," Tucker told CNN Monday.

Tucker, who was first elected to the state house in 2008, said she's uncommitted right now in the battle for the GOP presidential nomination.

Tucker says Perry will speak at her home, in Greenland, New Hampshire, during the 5 p.m. ET hour Saturday. About four hours earlier Perry addresses the RedState Gathering in Charleston, South Carolina, a conservative conference featuring appearances by Gov. Nikki Haley and Sen. Jim DeMint. Perry is also set to meet privately with dozens of grassroots Republican activists when he visits South Carolina, which holds the first southern primary in the race for the White House.

News of the Perry visit to New Hampshire was first reported by the New Hampshire Union Leader.

- CNN Political Reporter Peter Hamby contributed to this report

Filed under: 2012 • Rick Perry
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Mike

    Just what we need in America. Sharia law!!!

    August 8, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  2. NoCommentCNN

    No No and NO to Rick Perry. America does not need GWB Light at this time.

    August 8, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    If Gov. Perry runs, he will last longer than Romney. Romney will drop out before Perry will.

    August 8, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  4. Liberal Elite = Anyone with an education...

    Does the GOP really think we are going to forget the damage caused by the last Texas Governor who was
    "called by Jesus" to run for POTUS?
    Reminds me of a funny thing someone once said: "...fool me once – shame on you, fool me twice-uh,uh...the point is we can't get fooled again".

    August 8, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  5. Russ

    Boy if you think Palin and Bauchmann are scary, let this guy run and really see what crazy is all about. I'm guessing there's a lot of Republicans ready to turn Democrat if he gets the nomination.

    August 8, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  6. hilroy

    Americans know one thing but would not admit it. The Tea Party Extremist will destroy the great nation of America whether it is in racial confrontation or class disturbances. They are on track to destroy the President while making fools of some well meaning Republicans and themselves. It does not look good at all. But there is some hope. The tide is starting to turn against them and one can only pray that the young President fixes the problem. Mr. President put God first.

    August 8, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  7. diridi

    Not another Texan Idiot....o.k, He does not know what is going on.....o.k, Enough....

    August 8, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  8. DAK

    Just waht we need, a man who has for years said he wants to take Texas out of the United States and make it a country, in charge of America. Will he want to make fifty little countries? Another cowboy in the WH is just what this country DOES NOT need right now and we NEVER need another Republican as President nor in Congress for that matter. The GOP and the TEA party both (although they are really one and the same) need to go the way of the Whig party.

    August 8, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  9. Louisiana Man

    AHH, fresh off of his triumph pray meeting, and his ten minute appearance should squelch any doubt of his commitment to his ever faithful followers and especially to his donors, who he really yearns to appease.

    August 8, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  10. Bob

    Run, Gov. Rick Perry, run !
    He will be a formidable candidate.

    August 8, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  11. AC

    Perry Pray For Rain In Texas. God is punishing all'yall Texans for the SINS of Gov. Perry, using a small prayer meeting for the ills of the US! Blasphemier, stop using God to get elected, Blasphemier!

    August 8, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  12. DVoice12

    Go ahead and run how that will if America need another religious fanatic from Texas. Look where the last one got us.

    August 8, 2011 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  13. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Wouldn't you love to see a President Perry run America the same way he runs Texas? With even larger poverty rates than the current US average? (would have been even larger poverty but for the billions in federal aid Perry did accept) Lower educational levels? Lower number of children insured? More companies sold to oversees corporations? Worse health care? Even more people in prisons feeding off taxpayer money? And despite so-called deterrance by imprisonment and widespread gun ownership, higher crime rates?
    Ah Texas! We so wish the rest of us were like you...

    August 8, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  14. Austin

    The Texas gov -not is aol from the state that is
    Paying for all of this worthless traveling.
    How about coming back and doing your job here, you know the state that pays you, you twit.

    August 8, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  15. The Greedy Old Pigs have gone insane!

    If the GOBPbaggers truly consider this guy presidential material, then you'll know the the whole corrupt corporatist cult is off the rails. In the past they'd try to find someone inoffensive and credentialed. Perry is just the opposite. He's a stupider version of GWB (incredible to think that's even possible) and he lacks any qualifications for office (unless you count mismanaging TX into a $23 BILLION budgetary hole).

    August 8, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  16. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    When the going gets tough, Perry wants to cut, run and sucede then he drops $90(ninety) a year in his Church coffers. Thank God this man isn't in military combat, he would cut, run and leave his fellow soldiers because that's exactly what would happen while our brave military men and women from Texas were dying and fighting in the Middle East. Perry is unfit to be governor, he has no honor.

    August 8, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |