Perry first to RSVP for Iowa GOP's largest annual fundraiser
September 21st, 2011
03:55 PM ET
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Perry first to RSVP for Iowa GOP's largest annual fundraiser

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - On Wednesday, Iowa's Republican Party announced the date for its largest annual fundraiser - The Ronald Reagan Dinner.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is the first to confirm his attendance, according to the state party.

"That's the one we've got so far," said Ryan Gough of the Iowa GOP.

The party says eight other GOP presidential candidates have been invited to attend.

The event will happen on the evening of November 4 in Des Moines. Ticket prices range between $75 for general seating up to $1,500 for a VIP table of ten.

According to a statement from Iowa GOP Chairman Matt Strawn, the other invited candidates include: Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, conservative businessman Herman Cain, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, Michigan Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

Unlike Perry, Romney has paid scant attention to stumping in Iowa so far, though his campaign acknowledges the former Massachusetts governor will return to Iowa this fall.

Romney was last in Iowa on August 11 when he attended the state fair during the day and a presidential debate later in the evening.

Like Perry, Bachmann has also been actively campaigning in Iowa. Her efforts helped propel her to victory in the state's Ames Straw Poll in August. Yet Bachmann's political fortunes have sagged since Perry entered the race. CNN contacted Bachmann's campaign to see if the candidate will attend the Nov. 4 event but did not receive a response.

The Iowa GOP chair stressed the importance of the dinner.

"Not only does this event greatly boost Republican organizing efforts in Iowa, but it will provide a tremendous opportunity for our presidential candidates to address and meet thousands of Iowa's most influential Republican activists," Strawn said in a statement.

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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. No Amnesty for Teabaggers - Impeach Republicans

    Perry is the republican nominee, game over. Yesterday he gave his foreign policy Israel speech that catered to the mindset of a bunch of right wing Israelis. While that may have had Fox news cheering, most sane people from the Jewish community will not support radicals like Perry.

    September 21, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    I wonder if they will serve up some of the meat Bachmann carved up without any type of hair restraint? I wonder what they did with all of that meat she (and who knows how big a press corp without hair restraints) contaminated? I wonder to whom that slaughter house sells its' products.

    September 21, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  3. Dilim

    First to confirm his attendance, first to let his anglo saxon taxonomy shine. Take that in any which way.

    September 21, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  4. Kweg Yung

    Corporate America's expansion into China was paid for by the American taxpayer. Bush's “tax cuts for the rich” policy funded this transition. That's why no American jobs were created but a lot of Chinese jobs were. Republican politicians represent the corporate rich, the 'job creators'. When was the last time you saw a job created in the U.S.? The rich don't pay tax in this country and their corporations are physically based in communist China; where, by the way, SOCIALIZED healthcare and SOCIALIZED education are the norm. Republican politicians sold us (U.S.) out.

    September 21, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  5. Kweg Yung

    Bush's “Tax cuts for the rich” provided the revenue needed for corporate America's offshore expansion. He put us into debt while lining the pockets of his corporate buddies- giving them a head start offshore. The Republican party sold us (U.S.) out!

    September 21, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  6. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Perry needs to show that he can play by some of the conventions like not having foreign leaders behind you when you critize the president. As for Iowa, it may be the first presidential contest, it doesn't make a nominee. If it did, then Huckabee would have been the GOP nominee in 2008.

    September 21, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  7. The Real Tom Paine

    Geez, what a surprise, Rick Perry raising money: and the first to RSVP, no less! Too bad he did not respond this forcefully when the wildfires started.

    September 21, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  8. GI Joe

    I believe Perry would be like a Bull in a China Shop in foreign relations - he has no sense of decorum, just barge ahead full-speed and cause more damage than can be fixed in a lifetime. He needs to learn that respect for other people (in general), and world leaders (in particular) are the way to go. Shrub did this country a lot of harm. Is this a Texas Struttin' Trait?

    September 21, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  9. Robert

    Wait, you mean Bachmann has campaigned ELSEWHERE?!??! Every time I see an article about her, she's in Iowa.

    September 21, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  10. Ed Texas

    Many of Rick Perry's views are out of the mainstream, whether on Social Security being a "Pozi Sceme," the Civil Rights And Voting Rights Acts, Secession,etc.; and are an extreme christian , Or as some would call it, christian sharia law agenda. Under his radical religious beliefs dictate his narrow world view where everything Isreal does is OK and to hell with the rest of the middle east. If elected I would be very worried about having this nut job in a position that might push us into some very bad foreign policy decisions.

    September 21, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  11. SaintM

    Perry sends his RSVP in first – sounds like "first one at the pig trough". Perry is so in love with and proud of himself. Go ahead and keep shooting your ignorant, disrespectful mouth off, like you did in NYC yesterday, and keep showing up for those free meals and living high off the "candidate" hog.

    If he wins the nomination, his nightmare will begin in the form of vetting on a national level, and his trumped up numbers will head south at light speed just like his respectability in Texas has done. He seems so in love with himself that he is ignorant of the huge obstacle that he has yet to face head on: President Obama.

    September 21, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "Wait, you mean Bachmann has campaigned ELSEWHERE?!??! Every time I see an article about her, she's in Iowa."

    That's just her physical body. Her brain is in a life-supprt jar in a secret NIMH lab.

    September 21, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  13. Lynda/Minnesota

    Mitt Romney might not want to wait until November to begin his get out the vote message in Iowa. Seriously. As the article states: it [the dinner] will provide a tremendous opportunity for our presidential candidates to address and meet thousands of Iowa's most influential Republican activists. Have to admit, Romney is looking less and less "presidential" and way too disdainful of those who DO have the power to give him the boot. Not than I am a Romney supporter, mind you. Just an observer voicing concerns over just how much Romney actually wants this "position" he's been interviewing for these past 6 years now. Lately he's been coming across more dishevelled and less sure of himself than is his usual norm.

    September 21, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  14. diridi

    Reagan was an Idiot, this dude is the biggest idiot...He does not have any brain....

    September 21, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  15. Howard

    EVERYONE MAKING OVER $250,000 PER YEAR
    should send a generous campaign contribution to
    whoever runs against Obama !!!

    September 21, 2011 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |