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Oct252011

Rick Perry to Meet with Sen. DeMint, Gov. Haley in South Carolina

Aaron M. Sprecher/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry will make his economic pitch in the Palmetto State Tuesday morning, but he’s also squeezing in some time to meet with some of South Carolina’s heavy hitters -- Gov. Nikki Haley and Sen. Jim DeMint -- Perry’s spokesman tells ABC News.

Perry will meet with DeMint at his Greenville office after his economic speech. In the afternoon, Perry will meet with Haley at the statehouse after he holds a press conference with state legislators.

This will be Perry’s first meeting with DeMint. Perry was slated to attend the Palmetto Freedom Forum, which was planned by DeMint, over Labor Day weekend, but Perry scrapped those plans to return to Texas to deal with wildfires that were sweeping across the state.

A DeMint aide said the Senator will meet with Herman Cain next week.

Haley and Perry’s relationship dates back to their days in the Republican Governors Association. On the day of Perry’s announcement, Haley had kind words for him, calling the Texas governor a “superstar” with “brilliant” timing, but she left an endorsement open.

“All of the candidates are paying attention to South Carolina,” Haley said in August.  “It’s anybody’s game in South Carolina right now.”

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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