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Paul Ryan Iowa Bus Tour

With the top dogs sequestered for debate preparation, Paul Ryan is taking his show on the Hawkeye State road:

Rep. Paul Ryan returns to Iowa this week, the battleground state where he held his first solo event as GOP vice presidential nominee and where polls show a tight race between Mitt Romney and President Obama. Ryan (R-Wis.) kicks off his two-day bus tour along the eastern edge of the Hawkeye State with a 7:50 p.m. rally Monday night at Loras College in Dubuque. Then, on Tuesday, he will headline a morning town hall at the Clinton County Courthouse in Clinton, followed by an afternoon visit to Elly’s Tea and Coffee House in Muscatine and then a stop at a campaign office in Burlington. The trip comes as Iowans begin their second week of early voting. In the 2008 general election, about 30 percent of all ballots were cast early, making the 40 days leading up to Election Day as much a focus of the campaigns’ get-out-the-vote efforts as the day itself.

Monday, 7:30pm: Dubuque, Iowa:

Victory Rally with Paul Ryan and GOP Team
When: October 1, 2012 – 6:30pm
Where: Loras College Fieldhouse, 1550 Alta Vista Street, Dubuque, IA 52001
To RSVP click here: http://paulryanindubuque.eventbrite.co

Tuesday, 7:00am: Clinton, Iowa:

Victory Town Hall with Paul Ryan and GOP Team
When: October 2, 2012 – 7:00am
Where: Clinton County Courthouse, 612 North 2nd Street, Clinton, IA 52732
To RSVP, click here: http://townhallinclinton.eventbrite.com

Battleground Target: Iowa

As the first in the country caucus, Iowa gets a disproportionate amount of attention ahead of its kick-off to election season.  Once completed, Iowa normally fades into the background as states with greater electoral counts gain prominence among the campaigns and media.  That is not the case this go-around due to the narrow number of states that will likely determine this year’s President, of which, Iowa is one.  It should see increased attention now that it’s neighbor to the north, Wisconsin, joined the Battlegrounds, ensuring greater attention to this region by both campaigns. The Mitt Romney bus tour heads to Iowa today with much anticipation from a state populated with some of the most politically active voters in the country:

Mitt Romney’s next target in Iowa is the Mississippi River Valley — battleground territory in the Hawkeye State important to both presidential campaigns. The GOP presidential candidate will make two stops in crucial swing-state Iowa Monday – a private event in Dubuque and a public speech in Davenport. Virtually deadlocked in national polling with President Barack Obama, Romney is barnstorming states in the upper Midwest, trying to pressure the Democrat in the heart of places where the Republicans think his challenges lie. Part of a Romney success strategy here is to win over Iowans who lifted Rick Santorum to a win in the caucuses. (Romney finished just 34 votes behind.) Santorum said in a CNN interview today that he’s not interested in a post in a Romney cabinet, and he refused to walk back some of the criticism he leveled in Iowa that Romney lacks authenticity. But on Saturday at a Faith & Freedom Coalition event in Washington, D.C. said: “I’ve talked to Governor Romney, and I have no doubt – and I mean this in all sincerity – I have no doubt he understands the centrality of family. He understands the importance of family for our culture, for our economy, and for our future.”

What and where:

After campaigning in Wisconsin Monday morning, Romney will board a boat in Dubuque for an afternoon trip along the Mississippi River with Iowans who volunteered for his campaign. Then Romney’s campaign bus heads south to a riverside park in downtown Davenport. At 5:10 p.m. Monday, he will speak at the Le Claire Park band shell. It’s open to the public; doors open at 3 p.m. Monday will be Romney’s third visit to the Hawkeye State since the caucuses. He flew to Des Moines on May 15 to speak about national debt, and spoke about the economy in Council Bluffs on June 8. The Dubuque event, on a replica of a century-old steamboat, will be open to 50 volunteers who made 300 calls for Romney on Saturday, campaign aides said.

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