Algona, Iowa (CNN) - Republican presidential hopefuls Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry continued to crisscross Iowa this weekend, and Saturday afternoon their respective buses crossed paths with each other.
The candidates were making their way through traditionally conservative northwest Iowa, where both happened to be in the town of Algona at the same time.
No word of any awkward run-ins on the street, but Bachmann was asked about the coincidence by a member of the press on how she plans to persuade Iowans to choose her over Perry.
"There's real questions and real problems with Governor Perry," Bachmann said.
She called the Texas governor "tarnished" and accused him of taking part in the practice of "pay for play."
"He was involved with the manufacture of [the HPV vaccine] Gardasil, and also he was involved with other companies who had made donations to him, and then there were laws that were passed and special grants that were given," Bachmann said, referring to a short-lived 2007 executive order by Perry that required sixth grade girls in Texas to receive the vaccine aimed at preventing cervical cancer.
In September, Bachmann accused Perry of accepting hefty donations from the company that made the vaccine. Perry has since argued that it was only $5000 and has stood by his effort to require the vaccine, though he admitted regret over signing the executive order to issue the mandate.
"We can't have that, and I don't believe in crony capitalism," said the Minnesota congresswoman, adding that she is the "true outsider" in the race. "I've fought in Washington, D.C. I'm a real person, and I've fought against Washington and I've stood strong."
Bachmann, in the midst of a 99-county whirlwind bus tour, made the comments after a visit to a coffee and chocolate shop where she shook hands and made brief comments. The entire meet-and-greet at the local joint lasted no more than 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, Perry is on his 44-stop tour through Iowa until Dec. 31, as the GOP presidential candidates make their final push before the Iowa caucuses on Jan. 3.