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BLAZE EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: RICK PERRY AND DONALD TRUMP SPOTTED TOGETHER IN NYC

by  Jonathon M. Seidl

Republican presidential candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry arrives at Trump Tower in New York Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011, for a meeting with real estate developer Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Is Donald Trump getting ready to endorse Rick Perry for president? Could a Perry/Trump pizza summit be just around the corner? Is Rick Perry courting Trump as a VP candidate?

Those are just some of the questions we’re asking after we spotted Perry and Trump walking out of Trump Towers early Wednesday evening in New York City. It’s unclear why the two were together and neither one (not surprisingly) responded to on-site questions about their meeting. But what is clear is that they were there — and so were we:

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Here’s a roundup of what some are saying about the meeting.

CBS:

The business mogul-turned-reality TV star has a 4 p.m. ET meeting with Perry at Trump Tower in New York City, Trump’s spokesman, Michael Cohen, confirmed to CBS News/National Journal. According to Cohen, Perry requested the meeting.

“It’s obviously about the presidency,” Cohen said. “Everyone wants Mr. Trump’s support.“ A Perry spokesman confirmed that the Texas governor ”is having dinner with the Donald” and said the meeting would focus on jobs.

After briefly considering — and then dropping — plans to run himself for the GOP presidential nomination, Trump has met with several of the party’s White House contenders or potential contenders, including Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and Sarah Palin. In May, Trump treated Palin to pizza at La Famiglia in Times Square. Cohen said this time around, Trump will take Perry to a higher-end restaurant on Central Park West.

One twist to the story: Cohen said that while Trump is reviewing his endorsement options, “he’s still not out of” the race himself.

Washington Post:

But after Perry meets with Trump at his Trump Tower abode on Fifth Avenue, the two will head out to dinner. Not to of-the-people La Famiglia Pizzeria as Trump did with Sarah Palin in June. Nope. The Republican Party powerhouses will roll across town to the Trump International Hotel and Tower on Columbus Circle for dinner at ultra-chic Jean Georges.

That dining detail was dropped by Trump when we chatted Tuesday. I gave the reality-television star a call to discuss Monday’s Republican presidential candidates debate in Florida. “Very interesting,” is how Trump described the Tea Party debate. He also noted that some of the candidates exhibited “a lot of anxiety.” He was no doubt alluding to candidates struggling to break out of the shadow of Perry and Mitt Romney.

New York Post:

The 2012 frontrunner was in the Big Apple for fundraisers as well as a high-profile meeting with the publicity-seeking host of “The Apprentice.”

Trump briefly flirted with the idea of running for the GOP nomination earlier this year, hammering President Barack Obama on charges that he may have not been born in the country, before bowing out.

“I think he’s a very impressive guy,” Trump said of Perry in a recent interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. “I think he’s very ready. He’s been governor of Texas for a long time. Texas has done very well … He’s a tough guy. He’s a smart guy.”

CBS News reported that the meeting took place at Trump Tower in New York City at the request of Perry.

 

 

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