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Rick Perry Courts Los Angeles Support

On the same day that Mitt Romney appeared in North Hollywood where he slammed President Obama for his handling of the economy, Texas Gov. Rick Perry also was in Los Angeles today to court potential donors and supporters should he run for president.

Sources say that he appeared at an event in Century City this morning that was coordinated by Rene Croce, a top professional fundraiser for Arnold Schwarzenegger and Pete Wilson in their gubernatorial bids. Perry appeared at meet-and-greet in Century City, at an event where co-hosts included Michael Fourticq, partner in investment firm Hancock Park Associates.

Perry then trekked to Fresno to meet with business leaders there, and has set up meetings in San Francisco and San Jose on Thursday.

A spokesman for Perry said that “no decision has been made” on whether he will run. But the courting of potential donors in California — an ATM for both parties — is like a rite of passage for presidential prospects.

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