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Posted October 21, 2011
What’s Ahead: 2012 Republicans hunting votes, pheasants in Iowa

Is anyone else wondering if Texas Rep. Ron Paul will come out in favor of a “black-and-gold standard” when he makes a Homecoming Weekend visit to the University of Iowa?

Paul, who has an enthusiastic following at UI – as he does on many college campuses, is scheduled to speak at the Iowa Memorial Union at 8 p.m. Oct. 21.

Beat the bushes: former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum will be beating the bushes for votes and more this weekend. Santorum, who trails most of the 2012 GOP presidential field, will take to the field Sunday morning to hunt pheasants with U.S. Rep. Steve King at the congressman’s annual Col. Bud Day Pheasant Hunt in Merrill. Day, a former Iowa, is a Medal of Honor recipient.

Gary Johnson

Every vote counts: Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Republican former two-term governor of New Mexico apparently is stretching the borders of “faith outreach.”

Politico.com reports Johnson, has spent 17 days in Iowa – which is less than one-third as many as Rick Santorum, recently spoke with members of the Pagan Newswire Collective, ModernWitch Podcast and Patheos.com, among others. He said it was important to reach out to voters that fall outside the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths, and slammed his own party for being too beholden to the Christian right.

Johnson is the candidates the “New York media elite” don’t want voters to know about, according to his campaign. He claims to have created more jobs than Romney or Perry, and is proposing a “Fair tax” and wants to cut the federal budget by 43 percent.

For more about Johnson, click here.

On the calendar:

Ron Paul will campaign in Iowa Oct. 21 and 22. He’ll celebrate homecoming with Youth for Ron Paul at 8 p.m. Oct. 21 at the University of Iowa Memorial Union Main Lounge, 125 N. Madison St., Iowa City.

Rick Perry at a fundraiser for Iowa Rep. Jeff Kaufmann, Wilton, 1:30 p.m., Oct. 22.

Rick Santorum will campaign at the Iowa State University football game in Ames Oct. 22.

Rick Santorum will join U.S. Rep. Steve King Oct. 23 for the congressman’s annual Col. Bud Day Pheasant Hunt in Merrill. Later he will campaign in several southern and western Iowa communities Oct. 23 and 24.

Michele Bachmann will visit Winterset and Creston Oct. 22.

Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition fall banquet at the Knapp Center at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Check-in starts at 4:30 p.m. Scheduled to participate are Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul and Santorum. Rick Santorum

Michele Bachmann will campaign in Osceola Oct. 23.

Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum will participate in National Association of Manufacturers’ forum at 10 a.m., Nov. 1 at Vermeer Corporation, Pella.

Newt Gingrich will be in Dubuque Oct. 24. No details yet.

 

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