Texas Gov. Rick PerryJames (Rick) Richard PerryPerry seeking to prop up nuclear, coal plants Overnight Energy: Interior watchdog probes Zinke's charter jet use Energy Department backs .7B in loans for Georgia nuclear plant MORE (R) is back in Iowa for the first time since finishing a distant fifth place in the 2012 Iowa caucuses.

Perry, who is considering another run for president, spoke at to a local gathering for the Koch brothers' group Americans for Prosperity, and afterward discussed his potential presidential ambitions.

"If I was making a plan for 2016, coming to Iowa early and often would be part of it. But as I shared, that is a bit premature," Perry told reporters, according to NBC. "I am the governor of Texas through January of 2015, so there are 14 more months of governing."

The Texas governor, who has announced he won't run for another term, struggled in his first bid for president and was never popular in Iowa after intentionally stepping on its GOP straw poll with his announcement of a presidential bid the same day in South Carolina.

Despite those struggles, he's hinted at another run for months.

Perry is not the only potential presidential candidate to visit the early-voting state: Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) have all visited Iowa in the past year.