Skeptics Aside, Perry Continues March Toward 2016 Election

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    NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - MARCH 07: Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks during the second day of the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord International Hotel and Conference Center March 7, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland. The CPAC annual meeting brings together conservative politicians, pundits and their supporters for speeches, panels and classes. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

    New Hampshire Republicans once gave Rick Perry a rock star's welcome. Some are now deeply skeptical about the Texas governor's comeback attempt.

    Those close to Perry say he is eyeing a second presidential bid, even if he has to rebuild a political operation from scratch.

    Perry visits New Hampshire for the first time since his disastrous 2012 campaign later this month.

    His advisers report that he's taking serious steps to put the past behind him.

    For more than a year, Perry has been holding weekly meetings with policy experts to help create fluency in complicated topics. He's also beefed up his foreign and domestic travel.

    And he has begun hiring staff in key states like New Hampshire to prepare for a possible run.