He started his day at Bazen's restaurant by shaking hands, holding babies and signing autographs.
He then went to Carolinas Hospital System where he was greeted by 150 people.
Perry told the room full of doctors and health care providers that he'd sign an executive order his first day as president eliminating as much of the nation's new health care law as he would have the power to dump. He said Obamacare is keeping inspiring doctors from entering the field.
He touted his success as governor of Texas in creating jobs. He says 40 percent of all the jobs created in the United States in the past few years were created in Texas.
Perry's next stop is a fundraiser in Columbia, followed by a stop in Greenville.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.