Rick Perry Staffs Up in Iowa, Affirms Commitment to N.H.

Rick Perry Staffs Up in Iowa, Affirms Commitment to N.H.
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As he moves closer to a second stab at the White House, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is bolstering his presence in the nation’s first two voting states.  

RickPAC -- Perry’s political action committee -- announced the hiring of four Iowa operatives as the likely candidate is slated to make another visit to the Hawkeye State on Monday.  

Perry’s Iowa team will be helmed by longtime GOP strategist Bob Haus, who has more than two decades of experience in presidential politics in the kickoff caucus state and who led the Texan’s 2012 presidential campaign there.  

As Perry engages in private meetings and a campaign-style stop in conservative northwest Iowa on Monday, his Iowa team is being rounded out by three other statewide operatives: Andy Swanson, Dane Nealson, and Kip Murphy.  

Meanwhile, Perry last week visited New Hampshire where his efforts are being led by Mike Dennehy, who spearheaded John McCain’s victories in the 2000 and 2008 first-in-the-nation primaries.  

Following his latest trip to New Hampshire, Perry’s team released a 60-second video that reaffirmed the Texan’s commitment to competing earnestly in a state where he earned fewer than 2,000 voters in 2012.  

Perry, who is likely to be the only candidate with military experience in the 2016 race, is shown in the video greeting Granite State veterans.  

“It’s snowin’, it’s cold, but I’m fired up,” Perry says to camera, as his vehicle traverses a snow-swept road. “Live free or die. Amen.”

Scott Conroy is a national political reporter for RealClearPolitics. He can be reached at sconroy@realclearpolitics.com. Follow him on Twitter @RealClearScott.

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