Paul Steinhauser: Rick Perry is NH bound again
CONCORD - Rick Perry returns to New Hampshire in February.
The longtime Texas governor, who's seriously considering a bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, will spend Feb. 11 and 12 in the Granite State.
A source close to Perry tells NH1 News that the itinerary for the trip is still being organized but to expect stops with Republican activists and organizations as well as meetings with the state's businesses leaders.
This will be Perry's first trip to New Hampshire since he made a two day swing in November, right after the midterm elections. During that jam-packed visit, Perry attended receptions with the New Hampshire Federation of Republican Women, the Sullivan County GOP, the Cheshire County GOP, the Dartmouth College Republicans, the Keene State College Republicans, and also made a stop at the U.S. Marine Corps 239th birthday luncheon.
The new trip to New Hampshire will come just three weeks after Perry steps down from office, after serving a record 14 years as Texas governor.
Perry was a late entry into the race for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. While he initially soared in the polls, his campaign faltered, due in part to some high profile gaffes, and he ended his White House bid in January 2012, after finishing fifth in the Iowa caucuses and fifth in the New Hampshire primary. Perry, who spent little time campaigning in the Granite State, grabbed less than 1 percent of the primary vote.