GOP’s Perry team forming Iowa plans


Key advisers to Texas Gov. Rick Perry are beginning to lay the groundwork for a campaign for Iowa’s leadoff GOP presidential caucuses in case the Republican decides to seek the 2012 nomination.

Perry’s chief consultant Dave Carney acknowledged in an interview with The Associated Press that he was making inquiries about the political landscape, the caucus process and potential staff in Iowa.

But he said the fact-finding is part of a preliminary effort to prepare Perry for what would be a later entry into the race than others. Carney said the three-term governor has not decided whether to run.

Perry, himself, plans to start calling key Iowa Republicans after the Texas Legislature concludes its special session at the end of June, Carney said.

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