Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney plans to make his seventh visit to CaucusLand Nov. 23 as his campaign continues to send mixed signals about how hard Romney will compete in the Jan. 3 precinct caucuses.
Whether it’s just a tease or the start of a ramped up campaign effort, Romney will meet with employees at Nationwide Insurance in Des Moines Wednesday.
A toe in the water? Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee, will be visiting our fair state Nov. 23 as a surrogate for President Barack Obama.
Rybak, who was the first mayor of a large U.S. city to endorse Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in early 2007, will make appearances at Obama for America offices in Des Moines, Iowa City and Cedar Rapids.
Rybak was elected mayor of Minneapolis in 2001 in his first run for public office and re-elected in 2005. He has been a DNC vice chairman since September.
It’s unlikely he’ll be making any announcements about 2016 or beyond, but Rybak wouldn’t be the first surrogate to come to Iowa with more on the mind than the current election.
OFA Iowa is using Rybak’s visit to remind Iowans that not all of the action is on the Republican side of the field. Since the launch of President Obama’s re-election campaign in April, OFA Iowa staff and volunteers have had more than 1,200 trainings, planning sessions, house parties, and phone banks. OFA Iowa volunteers have made over 235,000 calls to supporters and held over 2,400 one-on-one conversations. OFA Iowa has campaign offices in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Sioux City, Des Moines, Waterloo, Davenport, Dubuque and Council Bluffs.
T-shirt polling: If you need further evidence of Georgia businessman Herman Cain’s fall from favor, look no further than the latest sales numbers from CafePress, which sells t-shirts, cups, stickers, stationery, clothing and more to express what’s on people’s minds. That includes the latest pop culture phenomenons and political scandals to favorite hobbies, activities, causes and interests.
According to the CafePress Election Meter of political merchandise, Cain is plummeting. Since Oct. 17, weekly sales of Cain-tagged merchandise have dropped a total of 62 percent. Last week, Cain-related sales fell 38 percent.
The message seems to be if they won’t put you on their t-shirt, they won’t be caucusing for you.
On the calendar:
8 p.m., American Enterprise Institute, CNN and Heritage Foundation debate focusing on national security and foreign affairs, Washington
Mitt Romney, 9:50 a.m., speaks to employees at Nationwide Insurance, Des Moines
Newt Gingrich, 7 p.m., Polk County Robb Kelley Victory Club, Johnston
8 p.m., Des Moines Register/ABC News/Yahoo!/Republican Party of Iowa live presidential debate, Drake University
Fox News/ Republican Party of Iowa live presidential debate, Sioux City
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