Saturday, October 22, 2011

Saturday in Iowa

Saturday Supper: College football, my Cardinals' World Series and presidential politics...that's what this Saturday brings.

I copied this schedule from Politico's presidential candidates' schedule for today. As you can see, it's very "heavy Iowa" for most candidates.

8:00 AM
Rick Perry
Participating in the Col. Bud Day pheasant hunt with Congressman Steve King
• Loess Hills Hunting Preserve, 19813 C43, Merrill, Iowa

Maybe Perry will shoot something. He hasn't been exactly on target with Iowans so far, according to the polls. Isn't Iowa a must win for Perry, or at least close to it? Perry hasn't been here much lately. If he looks to get thumped in New Hampshire, doesn't he really need to up his efforts in Iowa?

10:00 AM
Ron Paul
Hosting a town hall meeting at Embassy Suites on the River
101 E. Locust St., Des Moines, Iowa

Paul is pushing numbers this weekend. The campaign claims more than 1,200 supporters at his events so far this weekend and it is also spending about $2 million to take on Perry, Romney and Cain for supporting the bailouts (a little Cain vs. Paul tea party tempest?)

12:00 PM
Michele Bachmann
Hosting a town hall meeting at Madison County Dessert Factory
57 East Jefferson, Winterset, Iowa

Bachmann needs some post-Straw Poll win mojo in a hurry. As I write this, her campaign is pushing back against stories her New Hampshire paid staff just bailed on her. And ABC reports other staffers haven't been paid in a month. Tough times. Tough times.

1:00 PM
Mitt Romney
Visiting Romney for President New Hampshire offices
361 Elm St., Manchester, N.H.

Romney just held his first Iowa stops since the Summer. But he's back in New Hampshire, even as 5 other presidential campaign in Iowa. Some things don't change.

2:00 PM
Michele Bachmann
Hosting a town hall meeting at the Creston restored train depot
116 W. Adams St., Creston, Iowa

All aboard? Or derailed? What will the headline be from her efforts this weekend?

2:00 PM
Rick Santorum
Attending the Iowa State University homecoming football
1800 South 4th St., Ames, Iowa

The little engine that could needs steam fast. He better hope he gets a better reception at the Cyclones game than Bachmann. Bachmann's half Cyclone/half Hawkeye jersey didn't go over so well with some of the fans.

5:00 PM
Speaking at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition fall banquet
3000 E. Grand Ave., Des Moines, Iowa
Michele Bachmann
Herman Cain
Newt Gingrich
Ron Paul
Rick Perry
Rick Santorum

5 candidates, 1 meal. But which can add to his/her faithful?

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