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Perry Takes on New Hampshire

After officially joining the presidential race last week, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is focusing all of his efforts on New Hampshire and looking to win vital support beyond his Southern borders, reports National Journal.

Perry will be making two stops in five days in New Hampshire, including Wednesday morning’s Politics and Eggs breakfast in Bedford Village. Perry hopes he can win enough support to finish in the top two during the state’s upcoming primary.

“There’s no question that he has a good opportunity to make a good first impression. There’s a lot of people interested to see if he can live up to the hype,” said former New Hampshire Republican chairman Fergus Cullen.

“We got great respect for this state and your first in the nation primary. I’m going to be here a lot,” Perry said Wednesday morning. Commending the state’s motto, Perry said, “Live free or die. You gotta love that. It’s remindful of a little place down in Texas called the Alamo.”

Perry has been tailoring his message to emphasize successful job creation initiatives in Texas based on his opposition to excessive government regulation. He hopes this message will resonate with state residents.

But, Perry faces an uphill battle in New Hampshire. In a Granite State poll conducted last month, Perry only won 4 percent of the vote. He trailed well behind Romney, Rep. Michele Bachmann, and fellow Texan Rep. Ron Paul.

Perry’s trip to New Hampshire might lend insight into whether or not the governor can win the favor of moderate Republicans and, perhaps more importantly, the independents that participate in the state’s primary.

Posted by TPI editor on 8/17/2011 11:14:30 AM
Filed under: hampshire, new, perry, rick

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