Politics & Policy

Perry to Return to Iowa For First Time Since 2012

Hellooooo, 2016. Texas governor Rick Perry is back to the Hawkeye state for a Polk County GOP fundraising dinner November 7, reports the Des Moines Register

Earlier this month, I talked to Bob Vander Plaats, a top GOP evangelical in the state and president and CEO of The Family Leader, about Perry. “I think Iowans would definitely give him a second chance,” Vander Plaats says.

“I think a lot of people know that he had the back surgery” and was on painkiller drugs, Vander Plaats adds. “I don’t know what you’re [Perry] doing anyway,” he comments. “If you can’t drive a car, you probably shouldn’t run for president,” he says of Perry. But Texas’ success in recent years remains a “great story” — and despite his failed run, Perry could still appeal to Iowans. 

Katrina TrinkoKatrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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