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Perry woos Iowa, Iowa State students

While most students were enjoying the first Saturday after classes, members of the ISU College Republicans were attending the Polk County summer picnic and listening to GOP presidential candidates Ron Paul, Rick Perry and Thaddeus McCotter discuss their presidential intentions.

Though the race to secure the GOP nomination remains in its infancy, Ben Gremel and Stephen Quist joined approximately 300 people at the Polk County summer picnic to hear the three candidates speak.

“I think gaining name recognition for a lot of these candidates is the most important thing that they can do,” said Gremel, senior in marketing. “To tell you the truth, six months ago I couldn’t tell you who Rick Perry was.”

Despite his “late” entry into the GOP’s pool of candidates — officially announcing his bid for the presidency on Aug. 13 — Perry has jumped to the lead in national polls, despite a lack of presence at events like the Ames Straw Poll where he finished sixth as a write-in candidate.

Read the full story at the Iowa State Daily.


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