Visits to Key Early States in the Pre-Campaign Period


updated only through Nov. 4, 2014...for more recent visits see respective state pages
Iowa: 8 visits, 15 days
>Gov. Rick Perry visited Iowa on October 23, 2014.  He did a breakfast for Attorney General candidate Adam Gregg at the Iowa Association of Business and Industry in Des Moines; a luncheon for congressional candidate Rod Blum at Elmcrest Country Club in Cedar Rapids; and attended a cookout and concert in support of U.S. Senate nominee Joni Ernst at Pate Asphalt Systems in Marion (+).

>Gov. Rick Perry visited Iowa on October 3, 2014.  He headlined an event for state Rep. Pat Grassley at the Fox Ridge Golf Course in Dike; and in the evening delivered the keynote address at the Northwest Iowa Republican Fundraising Dinner, hosted by the O'Brien County Republican Party, at the Northwest Iowa Community College LIfelong Learning & Recreation Center in Sheldon.

>Gov. Rick Perry campaigned with 1st CD Republican congressional nominee Rod Blum in Iowa on September 2, 2014, doing four events: a healthcare roundtable at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids; an open house at the GOP Victory Center at 1340 Blairs Ferry Rd. in Hiawatha (Cedar Rapids area); a tour and press avail. at Giese Manufacturing in Dubuque; and a fundraiser at a private home in Dubuque.

>Gov. Rick Perry visited Iowa on August 9-12, 2014, including helping three state senate candidates, a congressional candidate, and three GOP county parties as well as spending time at the State Fair.
On August 9 he spoke at the FAMiLY Leadership Summit at Stephens Auditorium in Ames.
On August 10 he appeared at a backyard BBQ for state Senate candidate Brian Schmidt > at the Campbell Farms property in Grand Mound; an ice cream social for Miller-Meeks for Congress at the home of Betty Dexter in Eldridge; and in the evening an event with state Senate candidate Mike Moore > at the University Athletic Club in Iowa City.
On August 11 he appeared at a business roundtable breakfast for state Senate candidate Crystal Bruntz > at the Hy-Vee in Altoona; stopped by Iowa Republican headquarters in Des Moines; participated in a Polk County GOP business roundtable at the Iowa Association of Business and Industry in Des Moines; visited the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown; and spoke at Story County Republicans' fourth annual Judge Joseph Story Dinner at Prairie Moon Winery and Vineyards in Ames.
On August 12 he toured the Grand Concourse, spoke at the Des Moines Register Soapbox, and appeared at the GOP booth at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines; and spoke at a Pottawatttamie County GOP fundraiser at Treynor Community Center in Treynor.

>Gov. Rick Perry visited Iowa on July 19-20, 2014.  On July 19 he spoke at the North Iowa Conservative Event (NICE) dinner/fundraiser at Algona High School Commons in Algona.  On July 20 he attended services at the Clear Lake Evangeliical Free Church; had lunch with veterans and first responders at the VFW in Clear Lake; and headlined the Cerro Gordo GOP summer BBQ fundraiser at Mason City Municipal Airport Grounds in Clear Lake.

>Gov. Rick Perry visited Iowa on May 28-29, 2014.  On May 28 he toured Master Tool & Mfg. Inc. in Hiawatha (suburb of Cedar Rapids) with U.S. Senate candidate Matt Whitaker.  On May 29 he campaigned with Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds at a fundraising breakfast at +39 Restaurant, Market and Cantina in Ames; a tour of the Entrepreneurial Center at StartupCity Spencer and a fundraising lunch at Gary's on the River in Spencer; a rally at the Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor in Le Mars; and an evening fundraising event at a private home in Sioux City.

>Gov. Rick Perry visited Iowa on February 27-28, 2014.  On February 27 he taped "Iowa Press" at Iowa Public Television studios in Johnston; did meet and greet and spoke to activists at Branstad campaign headquarters/GOP Victory offices at 2775 86th St. in Urbandale (joined there by RPI Chairman AJ Spiker and Iowa Governor Terry Branstad); and attended a fundraiser for Americans for Prosperity at the Hotel Fort Des Moines in Des Moines.  On February 28 he participated in a roundtable discussion with business leaders hosted by Kirk Whalen of Heart of America at Thunder Bay Grill in Davenport.  He also did an editorial board meeting with the Quad Cities Times, and then met privately with Scott County Republican activists.

>Gov. Rick Perry visited Iowa on November 7-8, 2013On November 7 in Des Moines he met with Gov. Terry Branstad at the Capitol; attended a business luncheon organized by Americans for Prosperity at Dos Rios (Mexican restaurant); and spoke at the Polk County Republicans' Robb Kelly Fall Dinner at the Embassy Suites.  On November 8 he met privately with Mike Ralston, president of the Iowa Association of Business & Industry; spoke at an NRA luncheon at Flemings Restaurant in West Des Moines; and toured Brownells, Inc., a firearms parts supplier in Montezuma.  He also did various interviews.

New Hampshire: 1 visit, 2 days
>Gov. Rick Perry is scheduled to visit NH on October 6-7, 2014On October 6 he plans to appear at a "Politics and Eggs" breakfast at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics; NH Journal's John DiStaso reports that Perry will campaign with gubernatorial nominee Walt Havenstein; and in the late afternoon he is to speak at the Belknap County Republican Committee’s Belknap County/Lakes Region Harvest Festival at the home of Bill and Faith Tobin in Sanbornton; and he is to attend a Victory rally with state Senate candidate Kathy Rago at Pizza Chef in Franklin  On October 7, according to DiStaso, he will campaign with 2nd CD nominee Marilinda Garcia at a fundraiser at Nashua Country Club in Nashua.  trip postponed October 3 due to urgent state business.

>Gov. Rick Perry visited NH on August 22-23, 2014, a week after he was indicted, making six stops.  
On August 22 he started with an appearance on Jack Heath's "NH Today" radio show; spoke at a Portsmouth Business Leaders Luncheon hosted by Renee Plummer at Two International Group in Portsmouth; spoke at Americans for Prosperity Foundation NH's Business Tax Study dinner at The Yard Restaurant in Manchester; and spoke at a Nashua Area City Republican Committee reception at the home of Pete Silva in Nashua.  
On August 23 he started with an appearance on the Jeff Chidester show on WGIR-AM; spoke at a Victory rally at the NHGOP field office at 72 Portsmouth Ave. in Stratham; spoke at Concerned Veterans for America's “Defend Freedom” Pork Roast at Rochester Fair Grounds in Rochester, hometown of slain photojournalist James Foley; and was the special guest at the Merrimack County Republican Committee/Concord City Republican Committee First Annual Richard “Stretch” Kennedy Patriots Picnic at the home of former Sen. Gordon and Patty Humphrey in Chichester.

South Carolina: 4 visits, 7 days

>Gov. Rick Perry visited SC on August 27-28, 2014.  On August 27 he headlined a SCGOP “Victory Tailgate” fundraiser at First Citizens Café in Columbia.  On August 28 he spoke at Fellowship of Christian Athletes 2014 kick off event at River Bluff High School in Lexington; headlined a fundraiser for South Carolina Rep. Kirkman Finlay at Doc's Barbeque & Southern Buffet in Columbia; and attended the Texas A&M Aggies vs. USC Gamecocks football game at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia (Aggies won 52-28, gaining the new Bonham Trophy).

>Gov. Rick Perry visited SC on July 1-2, 2014.  On July 1 he toured the Medal of Honor Museum on the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point; held a business roundtable at Water Missions International in North Charleston; and, introduced by Gov. Haley, spoke at the Dorchester County GOP Big Bang BBQ fundraiser at Miller Country Club in Summerville.  On the evening of July 2 he appeared at a hamburgers and hotdogs fundraiser for U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney at City of Light in Indian Land.

>Gov. Rick Perry visited SC on December 3-4, 2013.  On December 3 in Spartanburg he addressed the Rotary Club of Downtown Spartanburg at the Piedmont Club; toured the Spartanburg Regional Medical Center; toured the Smith Drug Company plant; and in the evening was the featured speaker at the South Carolina Republican Party/Spartanburg County Republican Party Winter Dinner and Conservative Banquet at the Spartanburg Expo Center.  On December 4 in Greenville he keynoted the annual meeting of the Electric Co-Ops of South Carolina at the Hyatt; toured the Next Innovation Center; and spoke at a salute to scouting fundraiser for the Blue Ridge Council of the Boy Scouts of America at the Poinsett Club.

>Govs. Bobby Jindal, Gov. Rick Perry and Gov. Scott Walker attended a fundraiser for Gov. Nikki Haley at the home of developer Bob Hughes in GreenvilleSC on August 26, 2013.
  this page last revised Nov. 11, 2014