AP Source: Perry Schedules Trip to Iowa

August 9, 2011 - 1:14 PM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A day after his likely rivals compete in an Iowa straw poll, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is set to speak in this lead-off caucus state as he considers a White House bid of his own.

A Republican official familiar with Perry's plans said Tuesday that he will speak to Sunday's Black Hawk County Republicans' fundraising dinner in Waterloo. It will be his first visit to Iowa as a potential presidential contender.

The official disclosed Perry's plans on the condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to announce them.

As his likely rivals compete on Saturday in Ames' straw poll, Perry will speak in South Carolina, which has the first Southern primary. Perry has not officially joined the race.