Potential presidential candidate Rick Perry will visit New Hampshire and South Carolina this Saturday, another indication that he is likely to launch a presidential run.
The visits come on the same day that many of his potential competitors will be in Iowa for the Ames straw poll.
Perry will attend an invitation-only house party hosted by New Hampshire Deputy House Speaker Pamela Tucker at her Greenland, N.H. home. The event will be at 5:30 p.m.
Politico reported that earlier in the day, Perry will make his presidential intentions clear in a speech in South Carolina. The house party is the only New Hampshire event planned so far, said Paul Young, a long-time New Hampshire political activist and businessman and one of the organizers of a 10-person New Hampshire delegation that met with Perry last Thursday.
Tucker was part of the delegation that visited Perry in Austin. During that visit, Tucker offered to host a house party for Perry, and she said she found out this morning that Perry planned to come. Tucker said she had not talked to Perry about whether he will definitely run. The point of the house party, she said, is to “let him meet New Hampshire voters, listen to their issues and find out what the New Hampshire advantage is all about.’’
Young said the group talked to Perry about Perry’s success creating jobs, the economy in Texas, and the need to reduce the deficit and reduce spending.
Tucker said if Perry does run, she believes he will do well in New Hampshire. “He’s a personable man, who speaks well on issues, is easy to talk to,’’ Tucker said. “He has a great, strong message about job creation.’’
Of course, Perry was most recently in the news for a 30,000 person Christian prayer rally he hosted on Saturday in Texas. While the rally may appeal to evangelical Christians in early voting states like Iowa, it may play less well in New Hampshire, which is among the least religious states in the country.