Three presidential candidates are descending upon eastern Iowa today. Texas Governor Rick Perry is making stops in Maquoketa, Clinton, De Witt, and Davenport. Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum also end their day in Davenport.
The decision to cover Perry’s swing through Jackson, Clinton, and Scott Counties was an easy one. The three counties are where I grew up. Nothing beats staying at my parent’s house and my Dad making breakfast to start the day.
As I drove into Maquoketa this morning, I started to reminisce about my time there as a kid. It was the Voy Theater where I thought I would get in trouble when my brothers took me there to watch Rocky IV, not my parents. The movie was rated PG and back then I was a stickler for the rules.
Governor Perry and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal visit to Maquoketa is the big news in town. At a small bakery across the street from where the event will be held, patrons can be heard talking about their visit. Any presidential candidate visiting Maquoketa will get the locals talking, but two high-profile governors visiting town is even a bigger deal it seems.
The big story out of Maquoketa might not be Perry’s visit. Just a block south from where Perry will hold his event is a Ron Paul campaign office. Another sign of how organized the Paul campaign is in Iowa. Jackson County isn’t a critical county, but the fact that they have what looks to be a fully operational satellite office shows how they are different from the other campaigns.
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