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Posted October 24, 2011
What’s Ahead: Gingrich in Eastern Iowa today, Santorum in the west

Republican presidential candidate former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition presidential candidate forum, in Des Moines, Iowa, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011. A half-dozen GOP contenders flocked to Iowa on Saturday, barely 10 weeks before the state's Jan. 3 caucuses. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

 

After making a pitch to more than 1,000 social conservatives at the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition presidential candidate forum Saturday night in Des Moines, a few of the candidates are continuing their visits with campaign appearances around d the state.

Former Speaker Newt Gingrich is in Eastern Iowa today making stops in Davenport, Maquoketa and Dubuque.

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum also is continuing his attempt to make a 99-county tour of Iowa with seven stops in western Iowa.

Manufacturing forum: Five of the candidates who were quizzed by the IFF&FC will be back in Iowa Nov. 1 for another forum.

That’s when Rep. Michele Bachmann, Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Gingrich and Santorum will participate in a forum on manufacturing and job creation in Pella.

The forum, sponsored by the National Association of Manufacturers, will be moderated by Gov. Terry Branstad at the Vermeer Corporation headquarters beginning at 10 a.m.

The forum will begin at 10 a.m. Iowa Public Television will broadcast the forum, making it available for national broadcast and online streaming.

Debate time-out: After a string of debates over the past couple of months, the candidates get a break from the dog-and-pony show circuit for a few weeks.

The next debate will be Nov. 9 at Oakland University in Michigan

What voters learn from the debates may be debatable, but Chris Larimer, who teaches political science at the University of Northern Iowa, says there are indications the debates are not only attracting an audience, but may be changing minds.

Check out his IowaCaucus.com blog offering at Until the Next Debate.

On the calendar:

Newt Gingrich will be at will be the Figge Art Museum’s John Deere Auditorium, 225 W. 2nd St, Davenport at 1:30 p.m.; have a small business round-table at Obi’s Restaurant, 3610 173rd Ave., Maquoketa; and screen a movie he made with his wife, Callista, “Nine Days that Changed the World, at 8 p.m. at 1450 Alta Vista St., Dubuque, following a reception and book-signing at 7 p.m.

Rick Santorum makes stops in Red Oak, Glenwood, Shenandoah, Clarinda, Bedford, Mount Ayr and Corning.

 

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