Attendees at the event included US Reps. Kay Granger, R-Fort Worth, and Bill Flores, R-College Station, U.S. Congressional candidate Roger Williams (who was appointed Secretary of State by Perry), state Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury, state Rep. Charlie Geren, R-Fort Worth and Fort Worth Attorney Dee Kelly.
Several attendees said Perry gave a rousing speech about why he's running for president.
"It was similar to his declaration speech about getting the federal government back inside its bounds and the things that come with getting out of the way of our economy," Birdwell said. "It was very good."
Perry entered into the building from a parking garage surrounded by an entourage and wearing earbuds. The presidential candidate wouldn't take questions from Star-Telegram reporter Anna Tinsley but took a moment to sign autographs from two men.
Mike Mentgen of Rowlett and Shawn Carr of Dallas got Perry to sign a copy of his book, "Fed Up," the February 2010 issue of Texas Monthly with Perry on the cover and the headline "Perry for President?!?" and a Texas license plate.
"How many chances do you get to meet a potential president?" Mentgen said.
Perry is scheduled to attend a fundraiser in Dallas later today.