Perry to make it official in S.C., and then in NH
As originally appearing in New Hampshire Union Leader

By GARRY RAYNO/New Hampshire Union Leader

MANCHESTER — Texas Governor and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry will announce Saturday he is running for President and then fly to New Hampshire and travel to Iowa the next day.

Perry won’t wait long to return to New Hampshire next week: he has seven public and private events scheduled over a two-day trip Wednesday and Thursday.

Perry will announce he will officially enter the race for the Republican presidential nomination at the Gathering in Charleston, S.C., Saturday and then fly to New Hampshire for a 5:30 p.m. event at the Greenland home of House Deputy Speaker Pamela Tucker.

Perry’s spokesman Mark Miner said Thursday, Perry will make his intentions very clear Saturday, although he told the Associated Press Perry will announce he is running for President.

Perry, the nation’s longest serving governor, has explored a run for several months, and last week a group of New Hampshire Republicans traveled to Texas to met with him and urge him to run. Tucker said the Saturday event is a direct result of the group’s visit.

Former Gov. John H. Sununu staff member David Carney of Hancock worked with Perry for many years and is expected to play a major role in his New Hampshire effort.

Perry will return to New Hampshire Wednesday, appearing at a Politics and Eggs event at the Bedford Village Inn. The series, sponsored by the New England Council and the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, draws most presidential candidates.

Along with the Bedford speech, Perry is scheduled to attend events in Manchester and Nashua Wednesday.

The next day he will make stops in Portsmouth, Dover, Pembroke and Concord, although Miner declined to provide more specific details.

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