Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry will drop by Aiken and North Augusta on Wednesday, right after Tuesday’s Iowa caucus.
South Carolina state ep. Bill Hixon, R-North Augusta, confirmed Sunday that a “Rally in the Alley” will be held in Aiken at 4:30 p.m., followed by an appearance around 6:30 p.m. at Al’s Family Restaurant on Atomic Road in North Augusta.
“I promised folks in North Augusta I would try my best to get some (presidential candidates) to North Augusta,” said Hixon, who joined the Texas governor’s campaign team right after Perry announced his candidacy in August.
Perry heads into the Republican caucus in Iowa this week facing stiff competition from former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and U.S. Rep Ron Paul. Some recent polls place him coming out in third place on Tuesday.
Hixon described Perry as one of the “nicest, down-to-earth people” after meeting him with other state legislators in Columbia. Wednesday’s meet-and-greet gives people a chance to meet the man behind the cameras, shake his hand and make a personal connection, Hixon said.
Hixon said former another candidate, former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, would also be in town at 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 14 at Old McDonald Fish Camp, 355 Currytown Road, north of North Augusta, near the Edgefield County line.