Texas Gov. Rick Perry, seen as a possible 2016 GOP presidential contender, was forced to cancel this week's trip to New Hampshire as he deals with growing Ebola concerns in his home state.
Perry was scheduled to speak at the New England Council's "Politics & Eggs" event at noon Monday at the Bedford Village Inn. But the New England Council said a cancellation notice went out Friday. Instead, Perry held a press conference at noon Monday in Texas to announce a new initiative related to the spread of diseases and the Ebola virus.
Perry had also been scheduled to campaign with Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein in New Hampshire on Tuesday. But Havenstein's campaign manager, Henry Goodwin, said Perry had to cancel those stops as well.
"Unfortunately, Gov. Perry had to cancel," Goodwin said in an email. "He's remaining in Texas to handle critical state business."
Goodwin said New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, another potential 2016 Republican presidential hopeful, will be back in New Hampshire on Friday to campaign with Havenstein in the North Country.
Another big-name Republican, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, will be in New Hampshire on Tuesday, campaigning for U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown at Halligan's Tavern in Derry. Rubio is also seen as someone who might run for President in 2016.