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GOP candidates Perry, Bachmann make campaign stops in Cherokee

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Presidential aspirants reach out to Iowa voters

Texas Governor Rick Perry, who is currently seeking the Republican nomination for President of the United States, made a campaign stop in Cherokee on Friday. Dozens of Perry supporters and the national media were among the packed crowd to see Perry at The Copper Cup . Photo by Mike Leckband
With the Jan. 3 Iowa Caucus fast approaching, several Republican candidates vying for their party's nomination are making their way around Iowa to reach out to potential caucus goers.

Among those candidates are Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann, who both made campaign stops in Cherokee on Friday.

Perry was the first in town and his event that was held at the Copper Cup early Friday afternoon with a large crowd that gathered in the quaint coffee house. The event however was more of a press conference than the typical campaign appearance, due to several members of the national media following the Perry Campaign.

Television camera crews, print media, photojournalists, web bloggers, and radio broadcasters all descended on to Cherokee.

News stories about Perry's stop in Cherokee were done by NBC, CBS, ABC, Newsday, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Daily News, Associated Press, The Dallas Morning News, Des Moines Register and the Sioux City Journal.

John King of CNN broadcasted his show live from Cherokee and featured a sit-down interview with Perry at The Copper Cup.

Also welcoming Perry to town were representatives from Cherokee County, City of Cherokee, Cherokee Chamber of Commerce, and members of Cherokee Washington High School Student Council.

Perry spoke about Faith, Freedom, and Jobs as he made his case on why he should be the Republican nominee for President.

A more low-key event was held later in the afternoon as Michele Bachmann made her stop in Cherokee. Bachmann is currently making stops in all 99 counties in Iowa as part of her effort to gain back the front- runner status that she held earlier this year after placing first in the Iowa Republican Straw Poll.

Rita Comstock of Cherokee,left, was among the several Michele Bachmann supporters who came out to Danny's Sport Spot on Friday to meet with the congresswoman from Minnesota. Bachmann is currently making a tour of all 99 Iowa Counties prior to the Jan. 3 Iowa Caucus. Photo by Mike Leckband
Running behind schedule, Bachmann didn't have time for speeches when her campaign bus rolled into Danny's Sport Spot where dozens of supporters and potential caucus voters had a chance to meet the Minnesota Congresswoman.

Bachmann took a more personal approach to her event by giving hugs, shaking hands, and visiting one-on-one, along with taking photos with those attending her campaign stop.

Bachmann showed no sign of giving up her effort for running for President. Both Bachmann and Perry had strong showings in the last Republican Debate that was held the night before in Sioux City.

Both candidates show extreme popularity among Iowa voters.

It is still an open race for all the Republican candidates and it will be interesting to see who will come out on top on Jan. 3

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