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Perry Ramps Up Speculation on 2016 Presidential Run

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By Cathy Burke   |   Tuesday, 27 Aug 2013 10:07 PM

Texas Gov. Rick Perry ramped up speculation on a possible presidential run Tuesday with news he'll head to Iowa in the fall to speak to Polk County Republicans.

“The Polk County GOP is very excited about hosting Governor Rick Perry for his first appearance in Iowa since the 2012 election cycle,” finance director Darrell Kearney told the Des Moines Register

He'll appear at a fundraising dinner Nov. 7.

“We expect a great deal of interest in the fall dinner with Governor Perry, not only in Polk County but from all points in Iowa,” Kearney said.

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Perry, who's said he won't seek re-election in Texas, told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV last week that a 2016 run for the White House is "a very viable option."

Perry started strong in his 2012 presidential bid, but stumbled, including early in the campaign when he awkwardly blurted "oops” during a nationally-televised debate when he couldn’t recall the three federal departments he wanted to eliminate if elected.

He finished in fifth place in the Iowa caucuses in January 2012 and dropped out of the race later that month, endorsing Newt Gingrich instead of Mitt Romney.

But a packed schedule of appearances in the coming weeks points to a possible renewed interest in hitting the campaign trail again, The Dallas Morning News reports

A few weeks ago, some supporters created Americans for Economic Freedom — a nonprofit group to promote Perry’s ideas on small government and economic growth, the newspaper said, with funding for the trip expected to come from TexasOne, a group Perry helped form to bring jobs to Texas.

Perry is scheduled for South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s fundraiser, and an event in Florida before Americans for Prosperity. He'll also is in California for the GOP's conference in Anaheim.

Perry was last in Iowa in October 2012 for an Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition event in Des Moines.

Iowa conservatives have also been wooed by Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, who visited the state twice this summer.

Though Perry's visit didn't impress everyone -- “GOP clown car heads out early,” GOP operative Mike Murphy tweeted Tuesday. “Where’s Newt?” -- A.J. Spiker, the chairman of the Iowa GOP, greeted the news enthusiastically.

“Iowa Republicans definitely noticed him protecting innocent life in Texas,” he said.
Perry will join a stream of GOP luminaries who've poured into the state during the off-year for presidential politics, including Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Cruz and Rick Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan.

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