Rick Perry Is Working the Phones in Iowa

By MichaelJames

Jul 8, 2011 10:42pm

ABC News' Arlette Saenz (@arlettesaenz) reports:

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has placed phone calls to Iowa Republican activists to discuss his chances in the presidential race, according to Politico and The Des Moines Register.

Republican activist Joni Scotter told Politico Perry called her this afternoon.

"He sounded great and just asked if he should run," Scotter said. "And I said, 'Of course.'"

State representative Stewart Iverson told The Des Moines Register that Perry left a voicemail for him saying he is potentially making a visit to Iowa in the near future and would like to talk to him.

"I'd love to talk to him. I don't know much about him but I think he'd be a worthwhile visit," Iverson said.

Adviser Dave Carney confirmed to Politico that Perry is making contact with Iowa Republicans.

"He is calling some folks, returning some calls and listening to what folks have to say," Carney said.

Politico reported a group of donors are gathering in Austin later this month to discuss whether Perry has the capital to enter the race.

Perry's next scheduled appearance is a speech at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver on July 29. He will host a National Day of Prayer and Fasting for governors in Houston on Aug. 6.

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