Iowa governor thinks Perry likely to make 2012 run

By the Associated Press | July 16, 2011 | 2:29 PM EDT

FILE - In this June 23, 2011, file photo, Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks during the 28th annual National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials conference in San Antonio. Perry has phoned influential Republicans in early voting New Hampshire and Iowa in recent days as he weighs whether to enter the race for the GOP presidential nomination. (AP Photo/Darren Abate, File)

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad says he think it's very likely that Texas Governor Rick Perry will jump into the GOP presidential race.

Branstad is basing that opinion on a conversation the two governors had Friday.

Branstad tells The Associated Press that Perry says his family is encouraging him to run. Branstad says he expects Perry to visit Iowa, home of the first caucuses, within the next month.

Branstad is at the National Governors Association meeting in Salt Lake City, which Perry is skipping. Perry called Branstad as he gathers input about a potential run.

Perry has been making hundreds of calls to potential donors, activists and political figures around the country.