URBANDALE – Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has announced a lineup of performers that include country music singers Randy Travis, Richie McDonald and Tim Rushlow along with Christian artist Charles Billingsley to entertain Iowans to travel to Ames to support her 2012 candidacy in the GOP straw poll on Aug. 13.
In a statement, Bachmann campaign officials said the entertainment lineup is being offered as a token of appreciation for the warm reception and hospitality she has received across Iowa as well as an opportunity to raise awareness and funds for returning Iowa military veterans. Campaign officials said a “significant component” of the Team Bachmann straw poll activities will include a focus on support for returning Iowa military veterans through the Iowa-based Paws and Effect organization, a partner to the national Wounded Warrior program, which trains and places service dogs with combat veterans across the state.
“I am a huge Randy Travis fan and I am honored he will be with us on Aug. 13 to help make this day fun and meaningful for our supporters and their families, as well as to encourage all straw poll attendees, regardless of their candidate of choice, to come together to help support Iowa’s returning military veterans,” Bachmann said in a statement.
“It is humbling to think my supporters are willing to take a big part of their Saturday to join us at the Iowa straw poll,” she added. “We want to make it an enjoyable destination for members of Team Bachmann and their families. We also want to be sure to give something back to Iowa’s finest by asking straw poll attendees to support the Paws and Effect organization.”
The Team Bachmann straw poll setup outside Iowa State University’s Hilton Colesium will include an air-conditioned tent, barbecue, beverages and live entertainment throughout the day. Straw poll attendees can also join Team Bachmann in support of Iowa’s returning combat veterans by donating to the Paws and Effect organization, which will have veterans and their trained service dogs stationed throughout the Team Bachmann site.
Paws & Effect is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Des Moines, IA that raises, trains and places service dogs with combat veterans in Iowa. Working with the Iowa National Guard and the Community Based Warrior Transition Unit (CBWTU) in Rock Island, Ill., Paws & Effect reaches out to combat veterans with mobility impairments and those affected by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Paws & Effect provides service dogs to combat veterans at no cost to the recipient. The organization also covers all expenses related to raising the service dogs in-training. For more information on Paws & Effect, please visit: http://paws-effect.blogspot.com/.
“On a day where Iowa Republicans will be gathering to help officially kick off the 2012 election process in earnest, it is fitting for all of us to pay tribute to the many sacrifices made by Iowa’s courageous veterans,” Bachmann said.