Awkward in Iowa: Perry, Bachmann Avoid Each Other at Same Event

By Dschabner

Aug 14, 2011 9:11pm

ABC News' Michael Falcone and Arlette Saenz report:

WATERLOO, Iowa — Although they shared the same room at a Republican Party event here, Republican presidential candidates Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann never met.

Perry sat through Bachmann's speech, which lasted nearly a half-hour, staying until the very end when the Minnesota congresswoman handed out an apple pie to a 100-year-old audience member.

They were about one table-length away from each other the entire time

But Perry rushed out through a back entrance after her remarks, while Bachmann shook hands with the crowd. Bachmann was not in the room when Perry spoke, choosing instead to wait for several minutes after his remarks were finished to enter the ballroom.

Notably, the Bachmann campaign specifically requested that event organizers change the lighting in the ballroom here for her speech. They were much brighter during her remarks than for Perry's.

Bachmann campaign manager Ed Rollins told reporters after the event that there would be "plenty of opportunities" for the two to meet in the future.

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