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Posted December 30, 2011
What’s Ahead Dec. 30: Christie, Iowa Democrats focus on Romney

What’s Ahead Dec. 30: Christie, Iowa Democrats focus on Romney

Mr. Vice President?  Gov. Chris Christie, who was asked by Iowans to run for the Republican presidential nomination, will campaign in Cedar Rapids today – not for himself, but for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

The New Jersey Republican will be at the Spring House Family Restaurant, 3980 Center Point Rd. NE , at 1 p.m., to stump for Romney.

To be clear, Romney won’t be at the event. He has no events scheduled today, but will be on the Iowa campaign trail again Saturday. He’ll be back in the area again at 4 p.m., Jan. 2 for a rally at Pate Asphalt in Marion.

Christie also will be making appearances in West Des Moines and Dubuque.

For the record, Christie told Politico.com that while he and Mitt Romney have never discussed a potential vice presidential role for him, he said it would still be “presumptuous” for him to turn his back on the possibility.

Meanwhile, the Iowa Democratic Party will precede the Christie appearance with its own event. Rep. Tyler Olson, D-Cedar Rapids, will do the honors, talking about Romney as well as Democrats’ grassroots organization effort ahead of the caucuses.

What’s more, the party said, “Romney made clear this week that anything short of a decisive win would be a loss.”

Romney was asked whether finishing second after Rep. Ron Paul would still be a win.

“Uh, no,” he said.

A late entry: Just in time for the caucuses, a group of conservatives not satisfied with the current state of the Republican field  is asking Iowa caucusgoers to write in House Budget Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

For more, visit http://writeinryan.com/.

On the calendar:

Dec. 30

Michele Bachmann, 9:15 a.m., Black Bear Diner, Sioux City; 11:30 a.m., Crossroads Restaurant and Lounge, Early; 2:30 p.m., Central Perk, Fort Dodge

Rick Perry, noon, Doughy Joey’s, 300 W. 4th St, Waterloo; 2:45 p.m., Fainting Goat, Waverly; 5:30 p.m., Cerro Gordo County GOP fundraiser, Mason City County Club

Newt Gingrich, 10 a.m., Moms Matter Coffee Break, Java Joe’s, Des Moines; 5 p.m., meet-and-greet, Adams Street Espresso, Creston; 8 p.m., M’s Fine Dining, Shenandoah

Ron Paul, 1 p.m., Le Mars Convention Center; 3 p.m., Sioux Center Public Library; 7 p.m., River Bend Convention Center/Stoney Creek Inn, Sioux Center

Rick Santorum, 7 a.m., Wakonda Club, Des Moines; 3 p.m., Pinstripe Bowl watch party, Ames; 5:30 p.m., town hall, Legends American Grill, Ames; 8:45 p.m., Insight Bowl watch party, Okoboji Grill, Johnston

Dec. 31

Rick Perry, 10:30 a.m., Bloomers at Central Coffee Shop, Fort Dodge; 12:45 p.m., Dutch Oven Bakery, Boone

Newt Gingrich, 9 a.m., Tish’s Restaurant, Council Bluffs; 1:30 p.m., Atlantic Bottling, Atlantic

Mitt Romney, 3:30 p.m., Le Mars, TBA; 5:15 p.m., Sioux City, TBA

Jan. 1

Newt Gingrich, noon, West Towne Pub, Ames; 2 p.m., Junction Sports Bar, Marshalltown; 4:30 p.m., LJs Neighborhood Bar, Waterloo

Mitt Romney, 2:15 p.m., Atlantic, TBA

Jan. 2

Mitt Romney, 8:10 a.m., Davenport, TBA; 11:50 a.m., Dubuque, TBA; 4 p.m., Pate Asphalt, 285 3rd Ave.  Marion 8:30 p.m., Des Moines, TBA

Newt Gingrich, 9 a.m., Heartland Acres Agribition Center, Independence; noon, Schrader Excavating and Grading, Walford; 5:30 p.m., tele-town hall from Davenport

Rick Perry, 12:30 p.m., Stoney Creek Inn, Sioux City; 4 p.m., Santa Maria Vineyard, Carroll; Hotel Pattee, Perry

Jan. 3

Mitt Romney, 7:10 a.m., Des Moines, TBA; 8:45 p.m., caucus night event, Hotel Fort Des Moines

Ron Paul, 7 p.m., caucus night rally, Courtyard, Ankeny

Rick Perry, 1 p.m., Principal Financial Group employee town hall, Des Moines; 7 p.m., caucus night event, Sheraton West, West Des Moines

 

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