Texas Governor Rick Perry meets with Fresno business leaders
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Texas Governor Rick Perry spent several hours in the Central Valley Wednesday meeting with local business leaders to talk about jobs. But speculation surrounds the republican and his possible run for the White House.
The Harris Construction Office is where a private event wrapped up around 5 p.m. Wednesday. The meeting was described as a "business round table" where local leaders bounced ideas off Texas Governor Rick Perry.
Perry left in a black tinted SUV but he had just enough time to roll down the windows and thank Fresno for hosting him. This may be considered a business meeting but you couldn't ignore the political prescence.
Of the 30 to 40 guests, several were local leaders including Fresno County Supervisor Debbie Poochigian and Fresno City Council Member Clint Olivier.
There are rumblings in the media about Governor Perry and his intentions to perhaps make a run for president in 2012.
Although he hasn't formally thrown his hat into the GOP race, support around the country is growing and many consider him to be right up there with the likes of former Massachusets Governor Mitt Romney and Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.
Former Fresno Mayor Jim Patterson attended the hour long meeting and says he's impressed by what the Texas Governor brings to the table. "He has governed in Texas for ten years effectively, I think he'll be very competitive."
Action News point blank asked him if he was running for president as he left and Perry did not answer the question. He told reporters in Iowa recently that he's about two to three weeks away from making a decision.
Those who attended the business meeting told Action News that Perry did not make any major announcements Wednesday.
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