IOWA CITY – Four Republican presidential hopefuls are planning to attend the Johnson County Republican Party’s annual picnic Aug. 5 in what will be a preview of the Iowa GOP Straw Poll a week later.
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter of Michigan, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty and former Sen. Rick Santorum have confirmed they will participate in the picnic from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 5 at Clear Creek-Amana High School, 551 W. Marengo Rd. (Hwy 6), Tiffin.
Other candidates invited to participate include Michelle Bachmann, Herman Cain, John Huntsman, Gary Johnson, Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, and Ron Paul.
The “Eastern Iowa Picnic and Rally to Meet the Next President” is being sponsored by the Republican parties from the new 2nd District — Appanoose, Cedar, Clarke, Clinton, Davis, Decatur, Des Moines, Henry, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Keokuk, Lee, Louisa, Lucas, Mahaska, Marion, Monroe, Muscatine, Scott, Van Buren, Wapello, Washington, and Wayne. In addition, Iowa and Linn counties in the 1st District also are sponsors.
The candidates will be meeting voters and speaking on issues of interest to Iowans and all Americans.
The cost for the picnic is $15 per person, $25 per couple, and $35 for a family of four. The menu includes hamburgers, brats, baked beans, chips, beverages, and ice cream from Dane’s Dairy.
RSVPs and questions to Bob Anderson, Johnson County Republican chairman, (319) 339-8381, and Secretary Cyndi Michel, (319) 683-2686, or email@example.com. Call the Johnson County Republican Party, (319) 339-8381 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with the number attending by Aug. 2.
If finances are a problem, something can be arranged. Speak to Cyndi Michel.
Those who want to hear the speakers, but not eat, can attend for free.
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