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Posted October 22, 2011
What’s Ahead: Candidates doin’ some pheasant huntin,’ footballin’, barbecuin’ as well as politickin’

Gov. Rick Perry

Let’s hope no one asks Texas Gov. Rick Perry if he likes the barbecue when he visits Rep. Jeff Kaufman’s family’s Century Farm near Wilton this afternoon.

Apparently he’s partial to Texas-style barbecue – and doesn’t mind saying so.

According to “Holy Smoke: The Big Book of North Carolina Barbecue,” Perry, a rising politician, but not yet governor, tasted some Eastern North Carolina barbecue that was served at the 1992 Republican National Convention in Houston.

“I’ve had road kill that tasted better than that,” Perry was quoted as saying.

Or maybe he prefers pheasant.

Rick Santorum

Like his rival, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Perry do a little pheasant hunting with U.S. Rep. Steve King at the congressman’s annual Col. Bud Day Pheasant Hunt in Merrill.

A Perry staffer has assured me that Perry won’t make John Kerry’s mistake of referring to his outing as “pheasant shooting” and wearing a hunting jacket that looks like it just came off the rack at Cabella’s.

Interestingly, the Perry press advisory says he will participate in a “photo op” with King prior to a pheasant hunt.

Wonder who will bag more pheasants, Santorum or Perry. Hope no one gets caught in their cross-fire.

 

Herman Cain

Herman Cain, the front-runner of the moment – at least, according to some polls, will not be attending Kaufmann’s barbecue. It has nothing to do with the Wilton Republican’s barbecue recipe, however. A Cain spokesman told Kaufmann the campaign is filled up with appearances.

Cain’s campaign said he will be meeting with supporters at private venues in Iowa, presumably when he travels to Iowa for the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition’s fall banquet. Oct. 22. No details have been announced.

He will be attending the both the University of Iowa and Iowa State University football games, however. That allows him to one-up Santorum, who is planning to visit the ISU game.

 

When all the shootin,’ barbecue finger-lickin’ and football cheering’ is over, the candidate will be heading to Des Moines for the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition fall banquet at the Knapp Center at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Doors open at 4:30 p.m.

In addition to Cain, Perry and Santorum, Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul will participate in the conservative group’s quizzing of the candidates.

Steve Scheffler

“All but Romney,” coalition President Steve Scheffler said. “We made every effort to get him.”

The event, which is expected to draw 1,000 people, is important because the IF&FC members “not only participate and vote in their caucuses but also have substantial influence on other caucus attendees in their neighborhoods and within their networks,” according to coalition President Steve Scheffler.

The banquet will be carried live on C-SPAN, according to Gopal Krishna, who added that an international contingent of more than 75 members of the media have been credentialed for the event.

 

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