COLUMBIA, SC — Texas Gov. Rick Perry has decided to spend a pre-July Fourth vacation in South Carolina -- setting off a few early 2016 White House fireworks.
Perry will headline a hamburgers and hot dog cookout fundraiser for Republican Rep. Mick Mulvaney at City of Light in Indian Land on July 2. Tickets cost $10 per person, $25 per family and $250 for a chance to have a photo with the Lone Star State boss.
The cookout comes a day after Perry will be the main guest at the Dorchester County GOP Big Bang Barbecue. S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley will introduce her Texas counterpart in the Lowcountry.
The July visit will be Perry's third to South Carolina in less than a year.
He spoke at Haley's re-election kickoff in Greenville in August and visited the Upstate in a swing during December. Perry ended his mistake-marred 2012 presidential bid in South Carolina.
Other 2016 GOP hopefuls visiting the early-presidential primary state include: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who gave the keynote address at the S.C. Republican party's annual Silver Elephant dinner this month in Columbia; U.S. Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas; former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum; and former GOP Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who finished second to U.S. Sen. John McCain in the 2008 S.C. presidential primary.
A pair of Democrats, Vice President Joe Biden and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, have attended events in the Palmetto State since 2013, including a pair last month.