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Rick Perry to campaign for Romney at Iowa State Fair

He will greets voters at the Iowa Republican Party booth and visit the traditional Butter Cow, according to a release from his campaign. He will also speak at the Family Leadership Summit, hosted by The Family Leader. The Family Leader is Bob Vander Plaats’s organization and one with significant pull among Christian conservatives in the state. Former Sen. Rick Santorum (Pa.), also a former presidential hopeful, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee are also scheduled to speak at the event, along with Iowa lawmakers.

Romney will be on a bus tour on Saturday, beginning in Virginia and including North Carolina, Florida and Ohio on a four-day sweep of important swing states. President Obama, though, plans to spend three days campaigning in Iowa next week, starting on Monday. 

{mosads} Romney’s campaign is likely betting on Perry’s strong one-on-one campaign style to make an impression at the fair.

Perry, who dropped his bid for the presidency early this year, announced he would enter the race for the GOP nomination last year during the Iowa State Fair. The event hosts the Ames Straw Poll the year before a presidential election, typically considered an important event.

At the time, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), criticized Perry for treating Iowans like “country bumpkins” by stepping on the event with the timing of his announcement, which took place in South Carolina.

Perry later campaigned hard across the state and dropped millions in advertising but ended up with a disappointing fifth place and just 10 percent of the vote in the Iowa caucus results.

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