Republican Presidental Candidates Visit Council Bluffs

By: Amaka Ubaka Email
By: Amaka Ubaka Email

Republican presidential candidates are back in full campaign mode, hoping to gather some last minute votes before the Iowa caucuses, one handshake at a time.

Michele Bachmann stopped in at Scooter's on Broadway Tuesday morning. One of the first people she met was 15-year old John Michael Hogue.

He's met her twice already and even though his vote won't count, his opinion does.

“She more than any other of the candidates stands on principles and she believes what she believes,” says Hogue.

“I think we need someone whose going stand on that to turn our country around.”

Recent polls show a tight race in Iowa between Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, and Newt Gingrich.

Native Iowan Michele Bachmann hopes her 99 county bus tour of Iowa makes a difference.

“Iowans will come back to their first love because they are looking for the person who is the proven consistent conservative in the race,” says Bachmann.

There was a bigger crowd at Rick Perry’s meet and greet at the Main Street Café. Perry made a bee-line to a table of soldiers and focused his speech on border security. He pressed for support next week.

“You have my back on January 3rd and I'll have your back for the next four years in Washington.”

The message resonated with some voters. Kristie Knudtson says she was undecided, but after hearing Perry is voting for him.

“I'm on board now, just seeing him and listening to him.”

But to others, none of the candidates are the clear-cut favorite.

“Its a wide open race,” says voter Jim Nelson. “They all kind of have the same message.”

Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich are also on the campaign trail, with a couple of stops in Iowa on Tuesday.

Narrow front runner Ron Paul is set to come to Iowa Wedensday. He'll also be attending a Cass county town hall meeting on Thursday.

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