Perry Parries Iowan’s Ire

-By Warner Todd Huston

Texas Governor Rick Perry has made it known that he’s going to announce his candidacy for the GOP nomination for president at the Red State Conference in South Carolina on August 13, the same weekend as the Ames, Iowa straw poll. This didn’t sit well with the Iowa Republican blog. The paper called Perry’s timing a “slap in the face to Iowa Republicans.”

The Iowa GOP uses the well-publicized straw poll as a fundraiser for the party and it is also has a sort of pride of place being one of the early, notable primary time events. So, it is easy to see how the Iowans would be a tad upset that Perry decided to use another state on the same weekend to make his announcement. Iowa Republicans would naturally feel he should have used their own stomping grounds for his announcement…

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  • Guess who else will be drawing attention, money and people from your straw poll? That's right, Ms. Caribou Barbie herself (Palin) will be storming into the Iowa the same day. The GOP candidates are not making it easy on themselves. No sense of unification as a party.

  • I think you're mistaken if you think that anyone is paying attention to Palin concerning the debates or the election. She is not running. It is pretty obvious she isn't. Still, there can't be any "unification" until a single candidate remains standing. The primaries are exactly when it is supposed to be fractious to a degree. That's how you arrive at that one candidate, to have the candidates hitting each other to show where they differ and to give a choice.

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