NEWPORT BEACH (CBS) — Texas Governor Rick Perry, running as a GOP presidential hopeful, will conduct a public event next week in Corona Del Mar.

Perry was already scheduled for a fundraiser at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach on September 8 when some Orange County Republican activists asked his campaign if he would interested in holding a more public and open forum, according to Scott Baugh, chairman of the Orange County Republican Party.

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The open event is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on September 8 at Roger’s Gardens. That venue was picked because it has space for about 500 people and is near the Island Hotel.

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Tickets are free and are going fast, according to Baugh. For tickets call (714) 453-0900.

“I particularly admire when a candidate will come out and meet with activists, and not just the donors,” Baugh said. “We’d like every candidate to come through and meet our activists.”

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