APNewsBreak: GOP's Perry Team Forming Iowa Plans

By THOMAS BEAUMONT | June 17, 2011 | 5:56 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry's key political advisers are beginning to lay the groundwork for a campaign for Iowa's leadoff presidential caucuses.

But they caution that their preliminary planning does not indicate that the Republican has decided to seek the 2012 GOP nomination.

Perry's chief political consultant Dave Carney says he's making inquiries about the caucus process, available campaign staff and rules for the August Republican straw poll in Iowa.

But he says 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.