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Gov. Perry Returns from First Presidential Road Trip

Photo by Ben Philpott for KUT News
Rick Perry gives short speech in Austin to friends and colleagues at Abel's on the Lake.

Last Saturday, Rick Perry announced he was running for President in Charleston, South Carolina. This afternoon he made his first Texas campaign stop since that day to a packed room of long-time friends and colleagues.

Perry spent the week traveling from South Carolina to Iowa, then to New Hampshire, and finally back to South Carolina for two days before hopping a plane back to Austin.

Announced as a "meet & greet," the event was short on both. After a quick introduction by his wife, Anita, Perry bounded to the stage and gave a VERY short speech that focused mostly on thanking the Austin crowd for their past support, along with a couple of jabs at President Obama and a few reminders of the Perry campaign slogan, "Get America Working."

Perry then shook hands for about 15 to 20 minutes on the way out to his car.

The Perry campaign says the governor will stay in town for a few days holding fundraisers, before heading back out on the road.

The week will probably also include some campaign strategy sessions. While Perry enjoyed warm receptions and a new poll that showed him leading other GOP candidates, he also had a handful of gaffes along the way.