On the Trail: Tuesday in Iowa; Bits and Pieces From Campaign Coverage

Aug 9, 2011 11:20am

11:17 a.m. ABC's Matthew Jaffe writes in that once you subtract the media and the Rick Perry crew there might be 10 people @ this Values Voter event in Des Moines. And that's probably high. Here’s Tim Pawlenty’s RV arriving. Note the Escalade with the "T Paw" license plate.   11:40 a.m. Phone call comes into ABC News Washington, D.C., from Des Moines and a lost Michael Falcone, navigating Michele Bachmann's trail. On the radio he hears a "write in Rick Perry" at the straw poll radio ad sponsored by GrowPAC.
View Larger Map 1:18 p.m. ABC's Matthew Jaffe reports that the Values Voter event attracted more staffers from Rick Perry's PAC than actual voters. Earlier today, Jaffe ran into one voter who was not too happy with Michele Bachmann.   ABC's Matthew Jaffe spies the Perry supporters in Des Moines. The girls are wearing UT burnt orange even though Perry is a die-hard former cheerleader for Texas A&M.     12:25 p.m. In searching for a copy of the infamous Michele Bachmann Newsweek, ABC was told that no one – not the WalMart SuperCenter in Storm Lake, not Pocahontas Pharmacy and Christian bookstore and certainly not the Kum & Go gas station in Rockwell City – sold the magazine or knew of anywhere on Michael's route that might. 1:55 p.m. — Back on the Hill - school's out! And Congress, too. Diane from Boynton Beach, Fla., let her senator, Marco Rubio, R-Fla., know she was not happy about members of the legislative branch taking time off, and he responded in a video blog. 2:39 p.m. Michele Bachmann arrives in Arnolds Park, Iowa, where earlier our reporter caught the smell of funnel cake in the air.

3:15 p.m. Matthew Jaffe reports that Pawlenty released a new online ad targeting the White House. 5:06 p.m. The Michele Bachmann campaign responds to Michael Falcone on the controversial Newsweek cover. They're staying focused "what's important". Read it here. 5:12 p.m. With all eyes on Iowa this week, Team Huntsman is focusing all attention on Florida, releasing a press release today about “a major announcement” in Coconut Grove on Wednesday. But what could it be? Rumors swirled around a possible endorsement. Most of the speculation landing on Jeb Bush, Jr., the son of Florida’s ever-popular former Governor Jeb Bush, Sr., and nephew to President George W Bush. Read more here. 5:50 p.m. Bachmann is now in Humboldt, Iowa and ABC's Michael Falcone has handed off the baton to Matt Jaffe.

-Compiled by Z. Byron Wolf and Sarah Parnass

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