Romney-Perry Match-Up: Mitt Shuffles Schedule To Make Forum in South Carolina

Aug 30, 2011 6:25pm

Mitt Romney and Rick Perry will soon share a stage for the first time as presidential candidates.

Romney’s campaign shifted the GOP candidate’s upcoming schedule for Labor Day, allowing him to attend the Palmetto Freedom Forum, hosted by Sen. Jim DeMint in South Carolina.

Romney, who had originally declined the offer to attend the forum, had been scheduled to attend a Tea Party Express event in Manchester, N.H., on the same day of DeMint’s forum.

But according to his campaign, Romney’s date book was reshuffled.

“We’re pleased we were able to arrange our schedule so that Gov. Romney can attend Labor Day events in both New Hampshire and South Carolina,” said campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul.

Romney will now attend a Tea Party Express event Sunday evening in Rollins Park, N.H., before heading south.  In addition to Gov. Rick Perry, Romney will be joined at the forum by fellow contenders Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain.

This is the first time Romney and Perry will attend the same event since Perry jumped in the race earlier this month. It is also the day before Romney is set to unveil his jobs plan in Nevada.

This is Romney’s first trip to South Carolina since announcing his presidential bid in June. His wife, Ann Romney, made a two-day trip there in July on behalf of her husband’s campaign.

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