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Member of Perry’s Steering Committee Supports Santorum

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It’s another “oops” moment for Rick Perry. His presidential campaign announced the members of the “Veterans for Perry” coalition Monday, but the list includes at least one Iowan who does not support the Texas governor. Lee Booton of Ankeny is one of 13 names on the Iowa steering committee. However, Booton supports Rick Santorum for president.

“He is a very strong conservative and stands for the American values of the American veteran,” Booton said about Santorum. “Our veterans do need to be taken care of better than they have been. That’s what it was about, national security and veterans’ issues.”

Booton told TheIowaRepublican.com that he did have discussions only on with the Perry people, but decided more than three weeks ago that Santorum provided a better voice for the issues he cares about.

Lee Booton is the Midwest Director for Patriot Outreach, a non-profit organization aimed at helping veterans deal with combat-related stress and trauma. His support of Santorum comes as a private citizen, not a representative of Patriot Outreach.

Perry’s campaign is not the only one to wrongly claim support from individual Iowans. Michele Bachmann’s NW Iowa and faith leaders lists both included names of activists who do not back her.

Photo by Dave Davidson, Prezography.com


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Kevin Hall
Kevin Hall brings almost two decades of journalistic experience to TheIowaRepublican. Starting in college as a radio broadcaster, Hall eventually became a television anchor/reporter for stations in North Carolina, Missouri, and Iowa. During the 2007 caucus cycle, Hall changed careers and joined the political realm. He was the northwest Iowa field director for Fred Thompson's presidential campaign. Hall helped Terry Branstad return to the governor's office by organizing southwest Iowa for Branstad's 2010 campaign. Hall serves as a reporter/columnist for TheIowaRepublican.com.




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