Governor Rick Perry visiting Richmond Wednesday

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmonders will get their first chance to see Republican presidential candidate, Rick Perry, in person Wednesday.

Perry is coming to the River City to speak at a luncheon at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.

Richmond is seemingly becoming quite the battleground spot. First President Obama comes to town, and now Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry will make a stop here but his visit is surrounded by some controversy.

Perry will be the keynote speaker at Wednesday's Republican Party's grassroots luncheon at the Richmond Convention Center.

You may recall about a week ago, Perry stirred up quite the discussion when he likened Social Security to a ponzi scheme and just this week he took some heat for his effort to vaccinate girls against a sexually transmitted disease that leads to cancer.

On a radio show Tuesday, a caller asked Governor Bob McDonnell if he backed Perry after all this, and McDonnell quickly said he is neutral at this point in the race.

McDonnell is reportedly an option for Perry's Vice President spot.

The event at the Convention Center will start at 12:15 p.m. and Governor Bob McDonnell will also be speaking.

There are still tickets available through the Republican Party of Virginia.

Also a traffic alert to mention: part of Broad Street, between 3rd and 5th Street, will be closed Wednesday starting at 8:30 a.m.

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