Perry to meet with S.C. governor
October 25th, 2011
10:31 AM ET
11 years ago

Perry to meet with S.C. governor

Gray Court, South Carolina (CNN) - Rick Perry's trip to South Carolina Tuesday will include a meeting with the state's governor, Nikki Haley.

CNN confirmed Monday evening that Perry will also meet with Jim DeMint, an influential Republican senator from the Palmetto State.

In a statement, Haley's spokesman confirmed the meeting between the Texas and South Carolina governors.

"Governor Haley welcomes each candidate to South Carolina, and she looks forward to meeting with Governor Perry to catch up," Rob Godfrey said.

Haley, a Republican, is currently serving her first term as governor of South Carolina. She was the first woman elected to the post.

She hasn't publically endorsed a candidate in 2012 primary race. In the 2010 election, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney endorsed Haley in her bid for the statehouse.

Perry is in South Carolina, which holds the closely-watched first-in-the-South presidential Primary on Jan. 21, to make a speech that will include details of his economic plan. Part of that plan will include an optional 20% flat-tax.

–CNN Political Reporter Peter Hamby contributed to this report.

Also see:

Perry on Obama: 'It's fun to poke at him'

Perry to meet with DeMint

Filed under: Nikki Haley • Rick Perry • South Carolina
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    Interesting...the whole gang will be there...Cowboy Fonzie, Fascist Chachi and Joanie the Wonderpuppet...

    October 25, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  2. EatRunDive

    Because nothing says "I'm not a career politician," like being endorsed by career politicians.

    October 25, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  3. thomas

    Will Perry rent a room at the Governors mansion ?

    They are two pees in a pod , they both love spending there stats money on them selfs !

    October 25, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Why do candidates spend more time visiting other politicians than meeting with the people who would hopefully be voting for them? I understand all of the importance on having this or person's endorsement. I just think the people are more important. If someone wants to know evaluate me for an endorsement, then they can come to one of my town halls. They can either watch or participate. If that is unsatisfactory to them, too bad. I am not going to waste a day just to visit with them.

    October 25, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  5. westward

    At least 2/3's of SC will not vote for Perry. He is just using the state as a photo op for supposed support. Interesting that he STILL cannot use his home state of Texas as a backdrop...because they hate him there.

    October 25, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  6. lloyd roberts

    This foreign born woman who thinks she's a conservative because she lives in SC has no idea of what it truly means to be an American conservative. To her and the misinformed like her, it's just two teams competing, like a sporting match. Us against them. If she knew anything about conservatism, limited government in every aspect of your life, fiscal, religious, recreational, personal, she would be appalled. I guarantee she has never read the national Review, does not know who William H. Buckley or Barry Goldwater are, never heard of the CATO Institute or read Reason Magazine. She just thinks being a conservative is synonymous with going to a revival meetin". How misinformed

    October 25, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |

    The Gonernor, will endorse Perry.

    October 25, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  8. diridi

    I do not know as to how and why South Carolina has elected this lady and why is it so important, for Perry or congress idiots. USA consists of fifty states. Not SC, OH, IA, OR FL. Shame on this. I bet these states are very backward stats, like any other third world.....

    October 25, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  9. The Elephant In The Room

    The Democrats need to prime the pump with a range of new 40-something leaders now so that they are ready to run candidates in 2016 against the likes of Haley, Jindal, Ryan, Rubio, etc.

    Who are the up & comers in the Democratic party? Mr. Obama needs to win re-election and then place this next generation in cabinent roles & special presidential commission asignments so that they burnish their skills for 2016 & beyond.

    The country needs to get away from a Supreme Court of [Alito, Roberts, Scalia, Thomas] . To achieve this, Joe Biden & Hilary Clinto should switch roles- it helps the President get elected & it positins HC to waltz into the white house in 2016 when Thomas & Scalia will be ready to step down. Ruth Ginsberg should step down now while Mr. Obama is guaranteed to name her replacement. Ralph Nader caused this problem when he ran in 2000 & prevented Gore from winning.

    October 25, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  10. Busted

    Great, just what we need Perry is going to South Carolina to promise more federal aid. South Carolina's socialist economy needs to learn how to operate on its own w/out the continued support of the federal government

    October 25, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  11. Donkey Party

    Hey Rick, poke some fun at Haley, ask to see her birth certificate too.

    October 25, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  12. Shirley

    If anyone believes that Perry can deliver 2 tax plan for two segments of society with no social security taxes, no capital gains taxes, I have a bridge to sell you.

    October 25, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  13. Woman In California

    So now SC is made to look as if it is the prominent place for future presidents? Please.

    October 25, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  14. shatel

    No No No Obama 2012 just heard ur speech on CNN about changing the way we file our taxes that will help u and ur rich friend to file less on ur taxes I'm a poor class no help for me but more less money for my pocket

    October 25, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  15. CJG

    Perry needs to hang it up , he has turned into a big joke , he sounds like a bully and a spoiled kid in jr high. He threw his hat into the big league and found out he is ill equiped to play in it .Just because you are from Texas does not mean you are the best! They think that , are brought up to believe that and pride themselves on it , but once outside the state line come up short on the intellect it takes to stand up to the big league. He is such a joke!

    October 25, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  16. Lynda/Minnesota

    "She hasn't publically endorsed a candidate in 2012 primary race. In the 2010 election, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney endorsed Haley in her bid for the statehouse."

    So, this three ring circus of revolving doors in S.C. is more of a "look at me" publicity stunt for Nikki to primp herself out. Even a GOPer newbie such as Haley ought to know by now that when Mitt endorses a candidate, he fully expects to be endorsed back.

    October 25, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |