Perry, Bachmann shine star power at Iowa dinner
Newly-minted Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry (and his black campaign bus) rolled into Waterloo Sunday, where the Texas governor made a campaign pitch to Iowa voters.
Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann showed up at the same event. They weren’t on stage together but Perry ending up sharing the spotlight.
Perry spoke first at the Black Hawk County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner and acknowledged another Republican presidential hopeful in the room, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum .
Fresh from her weekend victory in Iowa’s Republican straw poll in Ames, Bachmann (blue bus with white lettering and red stars) managed to fit the GOP fundraiser into her Sunday schedule but she said it had nothing to do Perry appearance in her hometown.
“I had a family reunion … north of Waterloo today,” she said.
He and Bachmann may be intra-party rivals, but Perry kept his focus on their mutual opponent: President Barack Obama, whose vulnerabilities include stubbornly high unemployment.
“If we don’t have a president of the United States that gets America working again, we are in trouble,” Perry said, invoking the slogan emblazoned on the side of his bus.
Obama heads to the Midwest Monday to kick-off a three-day three-state bus tour on which he will visit small communities to “hear directly from Americans” on the economy and how to boost jobs and hiring, the White House says.
Day one of the Obama bus tour begins in Cannon Falls, Minnesota, and ends in Decorah, Iowa.
With polls showing widespread discontent with the president (and Congress) over economic issues, he could be in for a bumpy ride.
Photo Credits: Reuters/Jim Young (Perry, Bachmann speak at Waterloo dinner; Perry greets supporters )