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December 15th, 2011

Perry Fights For a Second Chance

Texas Governor Rick Perry began his final bus tour of Iowa on Wednesday. About 75 people turned out to see Perry at Cronk’s Café in Denison last night. It was a nice crowd for the town of 7000 people. Perry began his remarks by telling the audience that he’s both a conservative and a fighter. If Perry is fighting for anything in Iowa these days, it’s a second chance.

Perry’s town hall meeting in Denison was your typical campaign stop. Perry arrived on time and worked the room. After being introduced by Gwen Ecklund, the chair of the Crawford County Republican Party, Perry spoke for 15 minutes hitting a variety of issues. The common theme of Perry’s speech was serving the county. It provided a great segue for him to introduce Marine Captain Dan Moran who was traveling with him in Iowa yesterday.

In recent weeks, Perry has unveiled his Veterans for Perry Coalition, an impressive list of Veterans nationally and in key early states. Moran, a Purple Heart winner, was prominently featured in a Perry web video. He is now playing an even greater role by speaking at Perry events. Moran is impressive, and extremely passionate about America and his choice for President. With his help, the Perry campaign has aggressively reached out to Veterans, a strategy that is working for them.

After Moran spoke, Perry then opened the event for questions, something that Perry didn’t do when he was riding high in the polls in the fall. Since the event focused mostly on the military, Perry received questions on the President’s decision to end America’s involvement in Iraq. A Marine in the crowd said that while he thinks President Obama believes in America, he doesn’t believe it’s the same America that he believes in. He then went on say that he thinks that not using tactics like water boarding is immoral if it could save American lives. Perry told the man that he didn’t disagree. “Water boarding is not torture,” he proclaimed.

While Perry witnessed his standing in the polls diminish this fall, his campaign is once again showing signs of life. After the event, a man who said that he was backing Gingrich had decided to back Perry instead. He admitted that he was supportive of Perry when he first entered the race, but as Perry struggled in the debates, he switched to Gingrich. After seeing Perry in Denison and witnessing the barrage of attacks that Gingrich is currently under, he’s giving Perry a second chance.

Another couple that talked to said that they were still undecided, but Perry was in the mix with Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum. They echoed a theme that is becoming common – they referred to the trio as the three real conservatives in the race.

Perry’s tour across Iowa is critical if he wants to do well in Iowa. With many Iowans still undecided, Perry’s bus tour may be a bit late, but it’s the one thing that may convince Iowans to give him a second look.


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About the Author

Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country. Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states. Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site, Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing. Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.

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