COLUMBIA, S.C. - Texas Gov. Rick Perry is coming to South Carolina for some politicking, fundraising and football this week.

Perry kicks off two days of events Wednesday afternoon with a tailgate party and fundraiser for the South Carolina Republican Party in Columbia. Perry was a yell leader at Texas A&M and his beloved Aggies open the college football season Thursday against South Carolina.

Perry will speak to a Fellowship of Christian Athletes event at a high school Thursday and headline a barbecue fundraiser for South Carolina Rep. Kirkman Finlay before heading to the game.

Perry ran for president in 2012, but dropped out before South Carolina's first-in-the-South primary.

Democrats are criticizing Perry's visit after his indictment earlier this month over a veto. Perry has called the case politically motivated.