Texas Gov. Rick Perry is putting his presidential campaign into overdrive in the critical state of Iowa, starting a 42-city bust tour in the Hawkeye state. He starts today in Council Bluffs and will end his tour on December 31.
Perry has picked a critical time to jumpstart his tour, less than a month away from Iowa’s caucuses on January 3. For Perry, who is badly trailing in most polls, a last minute appeal in Iowa may be his only hope of gaining traction for the fast approaching primary season.
Currently, Perry is in fifth place according to the most recent PPP poll in the state of Iowa, with about 9 percent of the vote. He trails former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann.
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum has taken a similar approach in previous months, spending all of his time retail politicking in Iowa, and trying to pick up support from the more socially conservative voters in the state.
Clearly, Perry has been focusing on mostly social issues, producing ads that talk about strengthening America morally and stopping “Obama’s war on religion”. Iowa is the perfect place for Perry to attempt a jump-start with these issues, as the state has often broken for candidates with a strong appeal to morality and socially conservative values.