Perry’s Primary States Tour
Governor Rick Perry is traveling to key early primary states this weekend. His campaign has said he will address his plans to run for the Republican presidential nomination. KUT’s Ben Philpott, who also reports for the Texas Tribune, says he expects Perry to announce his intentions Saturday and then to make an official announcement soon after that.
“In the early primary states, that’s Iowa; New Hampshire and South Carolina, Iowa and South Carolina have large Tea Party contingents. They also tend to be a little more evangelical-based in the GOP primary voting block than New Hampshire and Governor Perry’s biggest rival for those votes, when he does get into the race, is Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann,” Philpott said.
Bachmann is a Tea Party supporter and has the evangelical vote behind her.
“So you know he’s going to her hometown on Sunday in Waterloo, Iowa to campaign, that’s one kind of swipe at her. Another swipe is to be in South Carolina and to kind of say ‘Hey, I’m running and I can be the same kind of person that you want from Michele Bachmann, but at the same time I also have a lot of strength in the business community and in creating jobs,” Philpott said.
You can listen to Philpott’s entire interview with KUT’s Crystal Chavez in the audio player above. Philpott is also traveling to South Carolina and will bring us more coverage from there on KUT 90.5 and here at KUT.org.