Update: Thursday, Jan. 8:
Rick Perry has booked at least one stop for his upcoming mid-February return trip to first-primary state New Hampshire.
The soon-to-be former Texas governor and potential 2016 presidential candidate will be the keynote speaker at the Strafford County Lincoln Day Dinner, according to veteran state GOP activist Matt Mayberry. The event will take place on Feb. 12 at 6 p.m., with the venue yet to be determined, he said.
The appearance will be on the second day of Perry’s scheduled two-day trip to the state.
See our earlier report below.
Also, as reported earlier today, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, another potential 2016 presidential candidate, will return to New Hampshire next Wednesday, Jan. 14.
Tuesday, Jan. 6:
Soon-t0-be former Texas Gov. Rick Perry will return to New Hampshire next month as he continues to move toward mounting a 2016 presidential campaign.
Michael Dennehy, the state adviser to Perry’s issues group, Americans for Economic Freedom, said Perry will be in the state on Feb. 11 and 12.
Perry, who briefly ran for the GOP presidential nomination in 2011, was last in the state on Nov. 9 and 10, when he said that he did not expect to make a decision on whether to run until “May or June.” A group of New Hamsphire activists visited Perry in Austin in mid-December.
Perry is leaving the governor’s office on Jan. 20 after 14 years as Texas’ chief executive.
So far this year, Perry is the second potential Republican presidential candidate to schedule a visit. Former New York Gov. George Pataki will be in the state on Sunday and Monday. His Sunday stop is at the 401 Tavern in Hampton and he is expected to speak to liberty activists in the Concord area on Monday.
In December, another potential presidential hopeful, Republican Carly Fiorina, visited the state.