You think you’re busy: The presidential hopefuls like to tell us the Iowa precinct caucus campaign is not a sprint, but a marathon, Call it what you will, the 2012ers, or at least some of them, have traded their walking shows for running spikes.
With 18 days until Caucus Christmas (That’s when one candidate gets a really nice gift and the others try to explain how that lump of coal they’ve been handed will turn into a diamond in New Hampshire or South Carolina or Florida or, well, you get my drift.), the candidates are racing around Iowa like Stephen Bloom ahead of the angry mob.
The most action is coming from the so-called second-tier candidates – those running in single digits: Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum as well as the Rodney Dangerfield of the campaign, Texas Rep. Ron Paul/
I’m tired from just reading their schedules. Bachmann has 13 stops planned Saturday. The question quickly becomes whether she’ll be on time for any of them and whether any stops get scrubbed because she’s running later.
On the plus side, Republicans in recent years have had a pretty good track record of being on time for their events. They aren’t using those slow-running Clinton and Kerry clocks.
espresso shop in every town in Iowa? And the Grand Central Coffee Station in Storm Lake is double-dipping, hosting Bachmann Dec. 15 and Perry the next day. Same with the Sac County Cattleman’s Company in Sac City. Santorum will be there Dec. 15th and Perry two days later.
On the calendar:
Rick Santorum, 8 a.m., town hall, Dangie’s Diner, Rockwell City; 11 a.m. Sac City Cattleman’s Co. employees, Sac City; 2:30 p.m., town hall, Java Junkies, Holstein
Newt Gingrich, noon, meet and greet, Willow Ridge Golf Course, Fort Dodge
Michele Bachmann, 11:30 a.m., Family Table Restaurant, Le Mars; 12:45 p.m., Dutch Bakery, Orange City’ 2:15 p.m., Shari’s Kitchen, Rock Rapids; 3:45 p.m., Pizza Ranch, Sibley; 4:45 p.m., Pizza Ranch, Primghar; 5:45 p.m., Danny’s Sports Spot, Cherokee; 6:45, Grand Central Coffee Station, Storm Lake
Rick Santorum, 7 p.m., house party, Sioux City
Rick Perry, 1:30 p.m., Copper Cup Coffee Shop, Cherokee; 3:30 p.m., Grand Central Coffee Station, Storm Lake
Rick Perry, 11 a.m., La Chiesa Restaurant, Spencer; 1 p.m., Chrome County Country Inn, Algona; 3:30 p.m., Cabin Coffee Co., Clear Lake; 5:15 p.m., Music Man Square, Mason City
Michele Bachmann, 9 a.m., Hy-Vee, Spencer; 10 a.m., Hey Good Cookies! Espresso & Gift Shop, Spirit Lake; 11 a.m., Cool Beans Coffee House, Estherville; 11:50, Pizza Ranch, Emmetsburg; 12:45, Chocolate Season, Algona; 1:45 p.m., Miller’s Landing, Humboldt; 2:45 p.m., Pizza Ranch, Pocahontas; 3:45 p.m., Pizza Ranch, Rockwell City; 4:45 p.m., Sac City Cattleman’s Co. employees, Sac City; 5:45 p.m., Pizza Hut, Ida Grove; 6:45 p.m., Cronk’s Café, Denison; 7:45, Carroll Bowl, Carroll; 8:30 p.m., Abundant Life Ministries, Jefferson
Rick Perry, 8 a.m., Evangelical Free Church, Clear Lake; 10:30 a.m., First Wesleyan Church, Charles City; noon, Dave’s Restaurant, Charles City; 2:45 p.m., Chickasaw Events Center, New Hampton; 5 p.m., Winneshiek Hotel, Decorah
Rick Perry, 10:15 a.m., Johnson’s Restaurant, Elkader; noon, Pizza Ranch, Manchester; 4:30 p.m., Country Junction, Dyersville; 6 p.m., MannaJava World Café, Dubuque
Rick Perry, 11:45 a.m., Hotel Decker, Maquoketa; 1:30 p.m.; Main Street Walk, DeWitt; 3:30 p.m., Candlelight Inn, Clinton; 5:30 p.m., Figge Art Museum, Davenport
Ron Paul, 10 a.m., Comfort Inn & Suites, Fort Madison; noon, Civic Center, Mount Pleasant; 3 p.ml., Washington Public Library, Washington; 7 p.m., Quad Cities Waterfront Convention Center, Bettendorf
Rick Perry, noon, Port City Underground, Muscatine; 1:30 p.m., Button Factory, Muscatine; 4:15 p.m. De Brito Baking Bistro, Mount Pleasant
Rick Perry, 9 a.m., Drake on the Waterfront, Burlington; noon, Kuhly’s Bar & Grill, Ottumwa; 3 p.m., TPI, Newton
Ron Paul, noon, Grand River Center, Dubuque, 3 p.m., Delaware County Fairgrounds, Manchester; 7 p.m., Hotel Kirkwood, Cedar Rapids
Rick Perry, 10:45 a.m., Main Street Café, Council Bluffs; 1:15 p.m., Glenn Miller Museum, Clarinda; 3:30 p.m., Adams Street Espresso, Creston; 5 :30 p.m., Clarke County REC, Osceola
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