GOP trio to appear at Iowa dinner
August 14th, 2011
03:40 PM ET
3 years ago

GOP trio to appear at Iowa dinner

(CNN) – Three GOP presidential candidates will appear Sunday evening at an event in Iowa dubbed a “showdown at the OK corral” by Rep. Steve King.

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, still coasting from her win at the straw poll in Ames, will speak at the Republicans of Black Hawk County Lincoln Day Dinner.

It’s familiar territory for the three-term congresswoman who hosted a reception at the same venue in her hometown of Waterloo on the day before she announced her bid for the presidency.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a newly minted candidate, will arrive at the end of a three-state swing through the early primary and caucus states of South Carolina – where he announced his presidency Saturday – New Hampshire and Iowa. He is expected to give remarks at the dinner shortly before Bachmann.

Perry’s stumping won’t stop there. He will continue on a three-day tour of Iowa including an appearance Monday at the state fair soap box in Des Moines, a traditional pit stop for presidential candidates.

Perry did not compete at the straw poll but collected 718 write-in votes at the contest in Ames.

Rounding out the group is former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum who placed fourth at the straw poll. He is expected to appear before both Perry and Bachmann.

CNN's Steve Brusk contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Michele Bachmann • Rick Perry • Rick Santorum
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Ted

    ....Thank GOD..Perry is In and Will be the Next President..!!....Finally America is Blessed to have a REAL President...God has Heard the Prayers of His People...Vote..Work for if possible...and by God's Grace...America will be Right Again.

    August 14, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  2. dreamer96

    Governor Rick Perry is so great a Governor,,,,,
    but did you know?????
    Texas received about 6.4 billion of Obama's stimulus money,,,
    Funny story behind that..
    Check out CNN Money story titled : Texas's love/hate relationship with Washington's money included are a few interesting parts:

    Turns out Texas was the state that depended the most on those very stimulus funds to plug nearly 97% of its shortfall for fiscal 2010, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures

    and ;

    Texas, which crafts a budget every two years, was facing a $6.6 billion shortfall for its 2010-2011 fiscal years. It plugged nearly all of that deficit with $6.4 billion in Recovery Act money, allowing it to leave its $9.1 billion rainy day fund untouched.

    Yes Perry is a great Governor as long as someone gives him a bunch of money to cover his spending problems.....
    You can start laughing now....

    August 14, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  3. dreamer96

    April 2009 Perry talks of Texas succeeding from the Union.

    Now he's running for the president and said so in Charleston South Carolina, where the first southern cannon fired on a northern ship to start the Civil War....

    Well message received loud and clear, Perry is restarting the Civil War....

    Perry should have made his anouncement dressed like Roy Rogers on the back of a Trigger look alike horse, then rode off shooting his 6 guns....Screaming like a real cowboy....Waving his cowboy hat..

    August 14, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  4. Jeff Spangler

    All of these laughable excuses for a candidate will be history by New Years Day if not before. It's good to get the stupid human tricks out of the system early on so only serious folks are left in the running. Unfortunately, that now includes only Romney, the only one feared by the President.

    August 14, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I wonder if Santorum would get any time to speak. He hardly got anytime on the Fox debate on Thursday. Perry doesn't sound as crazy Bachmann, but it isn't all that far off.

    August 14, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  6. Phil

    Look Larry, Moe, and Curly

    August 14, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    half of the stimulus that Bush initiated and Obama carries on has been paid to Federal Reserve. The issue is that this goverment keep drawing money out of windos instead of partially pay back the U.S Treasury. Instead, they triple the debts to Mid east, wars ,.... and selling off this country to China creditors. It is good for Michelle try to keep her principal on campaign trails. Perry should be good to kick Obama out of WH (not WC!). Probably, they make P & Vp candidates that should be a guaranteee on term for Obama.

    August 14, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Where's Ron Paul who lost by 152 votes?

    August 14, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  9. jim sims

    If either Parry or Bockman get the GOP nod andby the grace of God win the election, I can predict that the first act will be the appointment of a Secretary of Religion.

    August 14, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  10. davetharave

    Great, just what the country needs now, a wild-eyed conservative whose mantra is 'I don't compromise'. Hopefully a majority of the electorate will remember that next year.

    August 14, 2011 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  11. Tom

    As a Texan there's one REALLY good thing about Rick Perry being either President or Vice President; He won't be the governor of Texas anymore! Maybe there's hope afterall.

    August 14, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  12. Jeffrey

    Say no to the party of NO.

    August 14, 2011 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  13. Bob in Texas

    Bachmann has her work cut out for her if she thinks she's going to beat Rick Perry. She's going to have to go after his claims with regards to the Texas economy. Although those claims are largely based on fiction, she's going to have to be the one to prove that he's a no-account liar, a self-promoting religious phony, and devoid of any real administrative skill. She's going to have to point out that the poverty rate in Texas is among the highest in the nation. She's going to have to point out that school performance is among the lowest in the nation while the dropout rate is among the highest in the nation. She's going to have to point out that Perry supported "tough new" legislation to restrict the employment of illegal aliens that included exemptions for gardeners, nannies, and domestic servants. She's going to have to point out that he took bribes from Merck and then tried to make receiving Gardasil a condition of attending public school for all sixth grade girls. She's going to have to point out that he took bribes from foreign interests to promote an unneeded privately owned toll road through the heart of Texas and that he planned to use “eminent domain” to seize land from Texas ranchers and farmers to build that toll road. She's going to have to be willing expose Perry for what he is, a lying, corrupt, no-good religious phony.

    August 14, 2011 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  14. Former Republican

    Larry, Mo and Curley!!!!!

    August 14, 2011 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  15. once upon a horse

    when is Santorum just going to take his toys and go home? This idiot is a waste of time and people's money. But then again it ain't my money he's wasting. But with this trio there isn't a bright light bulb in the house. Probably just another attack Obama affair since that is all they have to offer so far.

    August 14, 2011 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  16. Debbie

    No. No. and No.

    August 14, 2011 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  17. Cato Younger

    Perry was Al Gore's puppet in 98! Open your eyes! The man is the definition of RINO-Progressive keep things as they are Establishement candidate.

    RON PAUL technically tied with Bachmann! Quit ignoring this relevent fact! Your credibility is stained with each willing refusal to acknowledge his rising importance.

    August 14, 2011 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  18. Dee

    Perry and Bachman received stimulus money how hyppocritcal is that and most of the jobs in Texas are low paying or government just wait until he is exposed for the shrewed politician he is.

    If the GOP would pass the bills that would get americans back to work the economy would flourish but no they would rather let the americans suffer so that the President would be a one term President. How can they hold the americans hostage like that?

    President Obama will be pulling out all the stops on his tour and he will be elected for a 2nd term.

    August 14, 2011 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |