LOS ANGELES (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry has met privately with potential fundraisers in Los Angeles as he nears a decision on whether to enter the 2012 presidential race.
About 30 people joined the conservative Republican at a Century City neighborhood hotel Wednesday at an event coordinated by influential fundraiser Renee Croce, who helped raise millions of dollars for former California Govs. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Pete Wilson.
Perry has been traveling the nation to gauge his support among party loyalists and donors, and fashion the framework of what could become a national campaign.
He rushed into the meeting without taking questions and left through a back entrance.
Perry would join a wide-open GOP field, but a key issue is whether he can raise hundreds of millions of dollars to wage a presidential campaign.
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