Perry lays groundwork for South Carolina campaign
August 13th, 2011
06:10 PM ET
9 years ago

Perry lays groundwork for South Carolina campaign

(CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry will return to South Carolina next week to headline a fundraiser for the South Carolina Republican Party.

He’s also planning a two-day, five-city bus tour throughout the state, which holds the first southern primary and will play a central role in his nomination strategy.

Perry announced his candidacy in Charleston on Saturday.

According to a copy of the fundraising invitation obtained by CNN, Perry will be a “special guest” at a luncheon in downtown Columbia on Friday.

Those who chip in $1,000 will get a personal photo with the newly announced GOP presidential candidate.

The invitation warns that “due to the anticipated excitement and expected high turnout, there will be no tickets sold at the door.”

Perry will embark on the bus tour next Friday and Saturday, traveling to Columbia, Florence, Greenville, Spartanburg and Rock Hill, according to Republican sources.

Perry’s campaign in the state will be chaired by Katon Dawson, the former chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party. Walter Whetsell, a veteran Republican operative and direct mail specialist, will serve as his senior adviser in the state while Chris McClure will be Perry’s state director.

All three previously worked for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign but left as part of a mass staff exodus this summer.

After Perry’s announcement speech Saturday, he dialed into a pair of tele-town halls in South Carolina and New Hampshire to introduce himself to party activists in both primary states, according to Republican sources.

He then held a closed-door meeting with GOP activists, county party chairmen and other government officials from around the state, the sources said.

Also present for the event were several government officials and GOP state legislators, including Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers, Secretary of Education Mick Zais, former Lieutenant Gov. Andre Bauer, former Gov. Jim Edwards, state Sen. Larry Grooms and state Reps. Chip Limehouse and Thad Viers.

Filed under: 2012 • Rick Perry • South Carolina
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  1. Name king

    Oh oh here goes these gullible people go again. They want to elect a president who will fire all the government workers, take down all the entitlement programs and put all the power in the corporation hands. Then they'll have to get rid of all the middle class folks just to compete with china for these companies jobs. With dems in power we could at least use our government to modernize our country. When the government no longer is revenant, Do we expect these greedy corporations to rebuild our infrastructure, and If they did can we afford using them. These stupid stupid gullible people will allow themselves to further destroy this country even worst than the lunatic tea baggers they put into power would ever do.

    August 13, 2011 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  2. cindy

    good reason to stay home. NOTHING to see here

    August 13, 2011 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  3. Screw the unions

    Out with Barry in with Perry!

    August 13, 2011 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |

    No transparency for this man! Secrets, secrets everywhere. Per quote in article:
    "He then held a closed-door meeting with GOP activists, county party chairmen and other government officials from around the state, the sources said."

    August 13, 2011 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  5. Larry L

    South Carolina will love this Bible-thumping bigot. He has destroyed Texas education, infrastructure, social justice, and any concept of religious tolerance. He is a clone of our most famous moron and the worst President in American history – "W".

    August 13, 2011 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  6. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    If this crazy Christian conservative gets the nomination, people who understand the first amendment will know that the actions that he has taken are questionable at best and tragic at worst. I'd like to know what kind of governor he was and what he did while in that office. Let us see what his record was and make the judgment from there. He makes me worry a lot.

    August 13, 2011 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Perry fails to understand the history behind the debt. When the GOP controlled the White House and the Congress, what did they do? They spent like crazy and failed to pay for two military conflicts and a new part of the Medicare program; also had unpaid for tax cuts. Where was their restraint and work to correct and contain the debt from years gone by?

    August 13, 2011 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  8. Vigla

    Please! No more Texans for the WH. We've had our fill thank you very much! I mean, are Republicans going to be SO dumb as to nominate another GWB? In fact, one that is less intelligent (if that's even possible) and doesn't even have a Dick Cheney to help him out? Lord help us...

    August 13, 2011 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  9. Peter E

    Yes, Perry, the great 'job creator...'
    What he fails to mention is that the reason he has a net gain of so many jobs is that he accepted nearly $30 billion in stimulus money (yes, the same stimulus he rallied against) to cover his state's enormous budget shortfall, and hence artificially temporarily prevent the massive layoffs that otherwise would have occured.
    But the stimulus money has now dried up and Texas is projected to have to make up for a huge, $15 billion shortfall by next year by laying off over a hundred thousand public workers. And the private sector won't have room to absorb all of those workers. So by next year Perry's 'job creation' fake image will be dispelled and he will have hard time explaining himself.

    August 14, 2011 03:40 am at 3:40 am |
  10. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Vote Perry! Vote for below-average education and health care coverage for children! Vote for more tax cuts for the rich! Vote for above-average incarceration rates! Vote for above-average crime rates! (apparently the incarceration and the almost universal gun ownership fail to be deterrents in Texas) Vote for above-average poverty rates! Vote for more underpaying jobs! Vote for disastrous environmental policies that wipe out entire communities! Vote for more wealth in the hands of the rich!
    Oh, and of course, vote for more* Christian faith!
    *And by more, apparently for Perry it means an increase in publicizing it when he is campaigning...

    August 14, 2011 03:46 am at 3:46 am |
  11. kazan

    If he uses religion for political success one would say it is not ethical, on the other hand in politics who is ethical?
    But if he is really religious.......then what a disaster!

    August 14, 2011 05:26 am at 5:26 am |
  12. a in austin

    Please step down as governor – need to rid the state of his baloney.

    August 14, 2011 08:39 am at 8:39 am |