Political Notebook

Associated Press

Perry brings momentum to Indiana

The Indiana Republican Party scored big Thursday, announcing that Texas Gov. Rick Perry will be the fourth presidential candidate to address Hoosiers at a candidate forum.

Perry's visit will take place on Oct. 12 and include afternoon remarks to Republican supporters, candidates and elected officials in downtown Indianapolis.

"As the Republican nominating contest heats up this fall heading into the first round of voting in 2012, we are pleased that Governor Rick Perry has accepted our invitation to visit Indiana and meet with Hoosiers in what could becomed a pivotal primary state," said Indiana Republican Party Chairman Eric Holcomb. "Our presidential candidate forums have brought together hundreds of Hoosiers to hear directly from our candidates on their plans to tackle the issue of our nation's mounting deficits and debt and grow our economy to get 14 million Americans back to work."

Candidates Herman Cain and Jon Huntsman have already visited the state, and Mitt Romney is headlining an event Sept. 23 at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis at 5pm.

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