On the Trail: Bits and Pieces from the Campaign Trail

Aug 19, 2011 11:09am

Friday, August 19, 2011 Mama Grizzly  - Sarah Palin posted a new video today of her time in Iowa. And just wait – there's a surprise ending! Read more about the video from ABC's Shushannah Walshe here. Multitasking  - On the president's first full day of vacation, ABC's David Kerley reports Obama received a National Security brief. The White House released this photo, which makes it look like the meeting is outside, giving the president a chance to soak up some rays while protecting the nation. Thursday, August 18, 2011 …And All I Got Was This T-Shirt - ABC's David Kerly found this t-shirt on the trail in Martha's Vineyard.

First In The Nation – Seen Tweets with the characters #FITN on your Twitter feed lately? That's the hashtag used by news organizations and New Hampshire political pundits to refer to things going on in the Granite State. It's an acronym for "First In The Nation," a reference to the state's traditional role as the earliest presidential primary. Michael Falcone (@michaelpfalcone)used it today when he tweeted that seniors and members of the NH Alliance for Retired Americans planned to protest Rick Perry's appearance in Portsmouth. Falcone tweeted this picture of Granite State protesters: And one from Arlette Saenz (@ArletteSaenz): Read more about the Granite State protesters here. Magical Misery Tour - More than just poking fun at President Obama's bus tour, the Mitt Romney campaign is now offering "Obama Magical Misery Bus Tour" t-shirts. For a donation of $30, the tye-dye shirt, emblazoned with top Democrats' faces and the names of the cities Obama visited this week, can be all yours. And now with Obama's vacation to Martha's Vineyard fast approaching, the Republican National Committee is getting in on the fun, too. They're selling "Obama Getaway Post Cards," with photos of the president chatting on a cell phone, sipping a snow cone and generally hanging out. Wednesday, August 17, 2011 Perry Quotes – Global Warming and Immigration: Perry calls man-made climate change "still a scientific theory." Told the President Obama suggested the border is secure: "Maybe he was talking about the Canadian border." New Low for Obama – @devindwyer reports on a new Gallup survey that shows a new low for the president. Just 26 percent are happy with his performance on the economy. More here. Secret Service – @jaketapper snaps this photo of what appear to be Secret Service agents surveiling a corn field before President Obama speaks in Iowa. One of their comrades was arrested for driving under the influence on this trip.
  Reunion – Perry Meets a former classmate and signs a yearbook. More here. Obama Bus Tour – Not Completely Made in America - ABC's Devin Dwyer and Ann Compton report that it "turns out the president's new custom motor coach comes stamped with a brand that's located someplace else: Canada." Read more from Devin and Ann on the Obama-mobile here. Chris Christie – Will He Run or Won't He? (apparently not)
UPDATE – A Christie spokeswoman immediately shoots this out.
Bloomberg’s Jonathan Alter tweeted that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, despite his emphatic denials in months past, is “conducting focus groups in preparation for a possible run for president in 2012.” Christie has repeatedly said he won’t run for president in 2012. Today his office held that line, saying the tweet was "absolutely not true." “What do I have to  do short of suicide to convince people I’m not running?,” Christie told a conservative audience in Washington in February. Here’s what he told George Stephanopoulos in January. George Stephanopoulos:  He and many others are trying to get you into the presidential race. You’ve said time and time again you're not running. I take you at your word. But try to encapsulate what you think the Republican Party needs? Who they need to nominate? What kind of person in 2012?

Governor Chris Christie:  We need to nominate someone who the American people believe will actually walk the walk, and not just talk the talk, on reducing the size of government, and bringing our tax structure and our spending, most importantly, under control. And that person has to prove they're willing to do the difficult things, not just talk about them. Because they've heard plenty of talk. Especially from our party. You know, I said this fall, when we were campaigning for republican candidates around the country. This is the Republican Party's last chance. It's put up or shut up time for us now that we have won the House. We better do what we said we were going to do, or we're going to get sent to the wilderness without a compass for a long time George, and we’re going to deserve it. Because we’ve talked about it, now let’s do it. Cruel and Unusual - On the trail, Matthew Jaffe (@matthewbjaffe)spoke with Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, who said he roomed with Rick Perry on a seven-day Iraq trip. During that time, he said he heard Perry's "philosophy" all week, and it was the "harshest punishment known to man."
The Line to See Obama in Illinois:
Perry Pushes Back - At Politics & Eggs in Bedford, N.H., Rick Perry admitted that he got in trouble for remarks made about Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke yesterday, but Perry had a response for the president. “The president said I needed to watch what I say,” the Texas Governor said. “I just want to respond back if I may. Mr. President, actions speak louder than words."  Read more of Perry's response from Michael Falcone and Arlette Saenz here. Heading North to the Granite State - Both Mitt Romney and Rick Perry are on the ground in New Hampshire today. Unlike Perry and President Obama yesterday, however, there's a very slim chance that they'll cross paths. Romney will tour a facility in Berlin, N.H. – more than two hours north of Perry's events for the day. Ron Paul, however, will be in Concord – an hour north of Perry's second stop – to launch his campaign headquarters at 6 p.m.
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Rick Perry's Stops in N.H.
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Mitt Romney's Stop in Berlin

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Ron Paul's Headquarters in Concord Tuesday, August 16, 2011 Romney on Perry in May – WMUR in New Hampshire points out that back in May, Mitt Romney had some really nice things to say about Rick Perry, now his rival for the Republican presidential nomination. "The country could learn alot from Gov. Rick Perry. He's a great governor," Romney said during an appearance in Arlington, Texas. Watch the video here. Read WMUR's report. Obama, Perry Leapfrog – Both President Obama and Rick Perry are barnstorming Iowa today. Its a big state, but the two men found themselves on the same flight plan. More here. A slideshow of campaign buses on the trail. Rick Perry's Day in Iowa:
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President Obama's Day in Iowa:
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  Viva Elvis – Michele Bachmann wished Elvis Presley "Happy Birthday" today. Problem is, today is the 34th anniversary of his death. Here's Elvis singing "Happy Birthday." Perry in Iowa: Texas Governor Rick Perry is less than a week on the campaign trail and has already made quite the stir with comments about President Obama, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and one from 2005 where he used the word 'mofo.' Here's Michael Falcone's shot of him taking the stage in Walcott, Iowa, home of the world's largest truck stop (via @michaelpfalcone): Tail-Gate: ABC's Michael Falcone (@michaelpfalcone) and Arlette Saenz (@arlettesaenz) are on the road all day in Iowa with Rick Perry. Literally. They're following his bus. Earlier, Falcone heard Perry deploy a Reagan line at a campaign event: "America is the last best hope for mankind.” In Iowa, @jaketapper notes that there's an anti-Obama side of the street:
…and a pro-Obama side of the street: Ron Paul: The One? – The first thing that caught our attention this morning is the frustration of the Ron Paul campaign at coming in a narrow second at the Iowa Straw Poll, but getting not nearly as much coverage as Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry. Read more here from ABC's Jason Volack (@jason_volack). He's out with a new TV ad that seems to compare Rick Perry and Mitt Romney with President Obama and Bachmann with Nancy Pelosi. "Ron Paul," says the announcer, "the one who will stop the spending, save the dollar, create jobs, bring peace."   Monday, Aug. 15th Literally Barnstorming - Jake Tapper snaps this shot of the President in Iowa:  

Rascal - Gawker has video of former President Bill Clinton calling Rick Perry a "good lookin' rascal" and holding forth on political disocurse. Obama's Road Rules - President Obama started his bus tour today to a great deal of criticism from Republicans, who said it should not be undertaken at taxpayers' expense. Jon Huntsman suggested that rock bands, not presidents, should be on tour in the summer. Check out what the million dollar bus looks like in action: And the RNC released this web ad:    Read more about  the Obama bus tour.
Food Police - At the Iowa State Fair, Texas Gov. Perry admonished a young girl eating a funnel cake to get some exercise later, before chowing down on a pork chop of his own. (via @michaelpfalcone) Some Republicans, Sarah Palin in particular, have admonished the president and first lady for being too interested in what Americans are eating.  

Obama on Obamacare - "I have no problem with people saying Obama Cares. I do care." – to supporters in Minnesota. Defending Government - President Obama quickly cited Warren Buffet's New York Times Op-Ed about how the wealthy should pay more in taxes. Later in his event, Obama exhorts people not to buy into the idea that government is bad. Government is police and firefighters, he says. Government looks out for people and made possible travel to the moon. We'll get the full quote, but it was an interesting moment and speaks to the philosophical divide between the parties. Ooh That Smell - ABC's Mary Bruce and Ann Compton enjoyed what Jake Tapper calls "the best-smelling press file ever" at Seed Savers Exchange in Iowa. (photo by @JakeTapper) ABC Team Coverage – Perry Takes on Obama, Romney - ABC's Michael Falcone (@michaelpfalcone) gets a shot of ABC's Arlette Saenz (@arlettesaenz) shooting video of Rick Perry at the Iowa State Fair.  See that below. Read their write-up of Perry's trip to the Des Moines Register Soapbox. On Mitt Romney, Perry said, "send him my love." And to President Obama, who started his own three-state listening tour today, Perry said: "Mr. President, you need to free up the employers of this country to create jobs." Perry called on Obama to "free up this country" from "stifling regulation."  

4 Year-Olds for Perry - Duke Tack from Wellsburg, Iowa sports a cowboy hat and boots to show his support for Rick Perry. (via @arlettesaenz)  

Romney will hike for votes - Mitt Romney will first hike to the top of and then have a press conference on Mt. Washington. Hopefully out-of-shape journalists do not collapse enroute. (via @emilyabc) UPDATE: Romney’s hike has been cancelled after the road the campaign would have used to descend the mountain was washed out by the rain. "Howdy!" – Rick Perry Hits the State Fair - While most candidates spent last week in Iowa before the Republican straw poll there, Texas Gov. Rick Perry only just joined the race. He's at the state fair this morning "shaking and howdying" his way around. Earlier, he met with the state Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey. ABC's Michael Falcone reports that just like Mitt Romney encountered hecklers at the Iowa State Fair soap box, Rick Perry has had to endure some shouting at the Des Moines Register Saopbox. "That may not be an Aggie over there," he joked. Official Road Trip - President Obama's tour of the Midwest is underway. Republicans are bellowing that he's on a bus tour in swing states, but billing it as official business (and charging the taxpayers). Mitt Romney called it a "Magical Misery Tour." Romney-Brown 2012? Mitt Romney laughed off a question about whether he'd pick Scott Brown as a running mate, suggesting its too far away and that might be too much Massachusetts on one ticket. (via@emilyabc). More here. Update – A Romney-Brown ticket would actually never even be possible: Two politicians from the same state are not permitted on the same ballot. In 2000, Dick Cheney actually switched his residency status from Texas to Wyoming because of the rule.   Palin and Beck to Defend the Republic. The two will appear together in Missouri Oct. 7. (via@sheilaym) Monday, Aug. 15th Literally Barnstorming – Jake Tapper snaps this shot of the President in Iowa:

Rascal – Gawker has video of former President Bill Clinton calling Rick Perry a "good lookin' rascal" and holding forth on political disocurse. Obama's Road Rules – President Obama started his bus tour today to a great deal of criticism from Republicans, who said it should not be undertaken at taxpayers' expense. Jon Huntsman suggested that rock bands, not presidents, should be on tour in the summer. Check out what the million dollar bus looks like in action:   And the RNC released this web ad:   Read more about  the Obama bus tour.
Food Police – At the Iowa State Fair, Texas Gov. Perry admonished a young girl eating a funnel cake to get some exercise later, before chowing down on a pork chop of his own. (via @michaelpfalcone) Some Republicans, Sarah Palin in particular, have admonished the president and first lady for being too interested in what Americans are eating.

Obama on Obamacare – "I have no problem with people saying Obama Cares. I do care." – to supporters in Minnesota. Defending Government – President Obama quickly cited Warren Buffet's New York Times Op-Ed about how the wealthy should pay more in taxes. Later in his event, Obama exhorts people not to buy into the idea that government is bad. Government is police and firefighters, he says. Government looks out for people and made possible travel to the moon. We'll get the full quote, but it was an interesting moment and speaks to the philosophical divide between the parties. Ooh That Smell – ABC's Mary Bruce and Ann Compton enjoyed what Jake Tapper calls "the best-smelling press file ever" at Seed Savers Exchange in Iowa. (photo by @JakeTapper) ABC Team Coverage – Perry Takes on Obama, Romney – ABC's Michael Falcone (@michaelpfalcone) gets a shot of ABC's Arlette Saenz (@arlettesaenz) shooting video of Rick Perry at the Iowa State Fair.  See that below. Read their write-up of Perry's trip to the Des Moines Register Soapbox. On Mitt Romney, Perry said, "send him my love." And to President Obama, who started his own three-state listening tour today, Perry said: "Mr. President, you need to free up the employers of this country to create jobs." Perry called on Obama to "free up this country" from "stifling regulation."

4 Year-Olds for Perry – Duke Tack from Wellsburg, Iowa sports a cowboy hat and boots to show his support for Rick Perry. (via @arlettesaenz)

Romney will hike for votes – Mitt Romney will first hike to the top of and then have a press conference on Mt. Washington. Hopefully out-of-shape journalists do not collapse enroute. (via @emilyabc) UPDATE: Romney’s hike has been cancelled after the road the campaign would have used to descend the mountain was washed out by the rain. "Howdy!" – Rick Perry Hits the State Fair – While most candidates spent last week in Iowa before the Republican straw poll there, Texas Gov. Rick Perry only just joined the race. He's at the state fair this morning "shaking and howdying" his way around. Earlier, he met with the state Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey. ABC's Michael Falcone reports that just like Mitt Romney encountered hecklers at the Iowa State Fair soap box, Rick Perry has had to endure some shouting at the Des Moines Register Saopbox. "That may not be an Aggie over there," he joked. Official Road Trip – President Obama's tour of the Midwest is underway. Republicans are bellowing that he's on a bus tour in swing states, but billing it as official business (and charging the taxpayers). Mitt Romney called it a "Magical Misery Tour." Romney-Brown 2012? Mitt Romney laughed off a question about whether he'd pick Scott Brown as a running mate, suggesting its too far away and that might be too much Massachusetts on one ticket. (via @emilyabc). More here. Update – A Romney-Brown ticket would actually never even be possible: Two politicians from the same state are not permitted on the same ballot. In 2000, Dick Cheney actually switched his residency status from Texas to Wyoming because of the rule.   Palin and Beck to Defend the Republic. The two will appear together in Missouri Oct. 7. (via @sheilaym) — Compiled by Z. Byron Wolf and Sarah Parnass
 

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