With 2016 in mind, Perry heads to New Hampshire

Texas Governor Rick Perry (R-TX) gestures as he speaks during a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill March 7, 2006 in Washington, DC. (Mark Wilson, Getty Images)
Texas Governor Rick Perry (R-TX) gestures as he speaks during a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill March 7, 2006 in Washington, DC. (Mark Wilson, Getty Images)
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Updated: 8/22 10:43 am

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry is testing his presidential prospects in New Hampshire while carrying the scars of old political stumbles and a recent indictment.

Perry is scheduled to be in the key early voting state on Friday and Saturday, where he'll attend at least a half-dozen events.

Perry was indicted last week by a grand jury in Austin, Texas, on charges stemming from his veto last summer of state funds for public corruption prosecutors. He pleaded not guilty and has called the indictments politically motivated.

Perry's 2012 presidential bid fizzled after well-publicized gaffes.

Steve Duprey, former chairman of New Hampshire's Republican Party and a national committee member, says Republicans will be more interested in seeing whether Perry can handle adversity this time around.

 

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