Governor Perry's Team Forming Iowa Campaign Plans

Governor Rick Perry's key political advisers are forming an Iowa campaign plan. His team is beginning to lay groundwork for the campaign.

His advisers caution that their preliminary planning does not indicate that Perry has decided to seek the 2012 GOP nomination. Perry's chief political consultant says he's making inquiries about the caucus process, available campaign staff and rules for the august Republican straw poll in Iowa.

His consultant said the fact-finding is aimed at aiding Perry's decision-making. The governor says he'll decide after the Texas legislature adjourns later this month.

Perry is also expected to begin making calls to key Iowa Republican activists and operatives late this month or early next month. He was speaking Saturday at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans.