Texas Gov. Rick Perry will travel to Washington on Friday for a series of economic and foreign policy meetings with dozens of lobbyists, trade association executives and conservative leaders, according to a source with knowledge of Perry’s schedule.


Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks about energy and environmental regulations at the United States Steel Mon Valley Works Irvin Plant in West Mifflin, Pa., Friday, Oct. 14, 2011. (Keith Srakocic/AP)

Although Perry announced an energy policy last Friday, he has been criticized for not yet offering enough specifics proposals across a range of policy issues. During his visit to Washington, the source said, Perry will not just preview his plan, but also seek advice about key elements of it. In doing so, Perry hopes to gain approval and legitimacy from influential Beltway Republicans.

The source, a Perry supporter who spoke only on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized by the campaign to disclose details of the meetings, said he has seen parts of the plan in draft form.

“It’s going to be consistent with Perry, obviously,” the source said. “You’re going to see tax reform, you’re going to see fiscal prudence and you’re going to see reasonable regulation as opposed to what those of us think is zealous over-regulation.”

Miner confirmed Perry’s visit, but would not discuss the specifics of his itinerary, saying only that the governor had scheduled “private meetings in Washington.”

The source said Perry will meet at the National Association of Wholesaler Distributors with about 45 lobbyists, trade association executives and industry advocates, some of whom are major fundraisers for his campaign.

“It’s a roundtable with the governor to talk policy, with an emphasis obviously on economic policy since he’s got his big roll-out on Tuesday,” the source said.

Perry is planning separate meetings with leaders of some conservative groups as well as foreign policy experts.