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 TheIowaRepublican.com 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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