Texas Gov. Rick Perry will return to Iowa this fall for the first time since the 2012 election cycle, in a move that is sure to fuel rumors that the former GOP presidential candidate will make a second run for the White House.
Perry will be the guest speaker for the Polk County Republicans’ fall dinner, The Des Moines Register reported Tuesday. The event, the Robb Kelley fundraising dinner, will take place Nov. 7.
“The Polk County GOP is very excited about hosting Governor Rick Perry for his first appearance in Iowa since the 2012 election cycle,” finance director Darrell Kearney told the Register. “We expect a great deal of interest in the fall dinner with Governor Perry, not only in Polk County but from all points in Iowa.”
After entering the 2012 presidential race on the day of the Iowa Straw Poll in 2011, Perry’s campaign stumbled hard. After several embarrassing verbal blunders, Perry finished in fifth place in the Iowa caucuses in January 2012, and dropped out of the race.
Several other potential GOP presidential contenders have scheduled visits to Iowa, a politically crucial first-in-the-nation primary state, over the past few months. Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulGOP rep: Trump has 'extra-constitutional' view of presidency The ignored question: What does the future Republican Party look like? Rand Paul skeptical about Romney as secretary of State MORE (Ky.), Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzTrump could be the most significant president of our time Cruz: I'd rather have Trump talk to Taiwan than Cuba or Iran Lewandowski: Top Cruz aide advised Trump team before NH primary MORE (Texas), among others, stopped by the state earlier this summer.