Rick Perry: ‘Shaking and Howdying’ at the Iowa State Fair

Aug 15, 2011 11:41am

ABC News' Arlette Saenz (@arlettesaenz) reports:

DES MOINES – Texas Governor Rick Perry is working his Texas charm at the Iowa State Fair, shaking hands and trying to sway voters to pick him as the Republican nominee in 2012. 

Perry ran into an 83-year-old Democrat named Ruth Knosby from Cummings, Iowa, who whispered in his ear she might vote for him in 2012 election after voting for Democrats in every election. 

"I've been a Democrat my whole life," Knosby said as she leaned into him and whispered. "I might have to vote for you."

"Give me a chance, give me a chance," Perry said.

Perry rode into the Iowa State Fair on his "Get America Working Again" bus, which he'll drive throughout Iowa. 

"We're just shaking and howdying, we're just talking-to folks," Perry said when asked by reporters what he hopes to accomplish in Iowa.  

He walked through the fair glad-handing and hugging children. Perry approached an elderly man wearing an air force hat to thank him for his service. 

A woman approached Perry holding a life size cutout of her son who is currently serving in Afghanistan in the U.S. Army. Perry posed with the cutout and asked her to relay a message that he's proud of him. 

Perry's next stop at the state fair will be at the Des Moines Register Soap Box, where Iowans will have the chance to question the latest entrant in the presidential race. After the state fair, he departs on his bus to Iowa City and Cedar Rapids. 

"I've got a little time to make up. I know that. I got in a little bit late but i think the people of America are just looking for someone who's going to get America working again," Perry said.

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