Apr 24, 2015 10:39 AM
Steinhauser: Rick Perry back to NH on May 7
NH1 Political Director - NH1.com
CONCORD – Rick Perry’s returning to New Hampshire early next month.
The former longtime Texas governor will be back in the first-in-the-nation primary state May 7-8, for a series of meetings and events. Plans for the trip are still begin finalized, but among other things, Perry will speak with Strafford County activists and Granite State veterans. NH1 News has learned that Perry will hold an event on the morning of the 8th at the Pink Cadillac Diner in Rochester.
This visit will be Perry’s fourth swing through New Hampshire so far this year. Perry is moving closer and closer to launching his second White House campaign.
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.
Perry has said if he runs again, he'll be much better prepared.
"The preparation side of this is most important to me. Three years ago we didn't put that preparation in. It was obvious and it was a pretty short lived campaign. This time people are going to see a substantially better prepared, whether it's on the issues or whether it's the organization that we put together, whether it's the boots on the ground right here in New Hampshire. They will see a very, very, well thought out campaign if we decide to pull that trigger," Perry recently told NH1 News.
Perry’s said he's sticking to his plan to announce his decision by May or June.
And if he runs, a senior Perry adviser recently told NH1 News that "he will have enough money to be very competitive. Money won't be an issue.”