The Campaign Spot

Who’s Competing Hard, and Who’s Not, in Ames

In the unlikely chance you’re around Ames, Iowa, today, the Ames Tribune lists the candidate schedules:

9:30 a.m., Thaddeus McCotter, meet-and-greet at the Iowa Botanical Center, 909 Robert D. Ray Drive, Des Moines.

10 a.m., Herman Cain, “Common Sense Solutions” bus tour stop at the Iowa State Fair, 3000 Grand Ave., Des Moines

.10:30 a.m., Herman Cain, Des Moines Register soapbox at the Iowa State Fair, East University Avenue, Des Moines.

11 a.m., Tim Pawlenty, guest pork chef at Iowa Pork Producers Association Booth, Iowa State Fair.

11 a.m., Thaddeus McCotter, Des Moines Register soapbox, Iowa State Fair.

11 a.m., Rick Santorum, Des Moines Register soapbox, Iowa State Fair.

11:30 a.m., Michele Bachmann, town hall meeting, Sports Page Grill, 1802 West Second Ave., Indianola.

Noon, Ron Paul, Des Moines Register soapbox, Iowa State Fair.

12:30 p.m., Herman Cain, “Common Sense Solutions” bus tour stop, Town Square, South Clinton Avenue, Albia.

12:30 p.m., Tim Pawlenty, Des Moines Register soapbox, Iowa State Fair.

2 p.m., Michele Bachmann, “Join me in Ames Tomorrow!” rally, Tulip Town Square, 507 Franklin St., Pella.

2 p.m., Ron Paul, speech, National Foundation for Women Legislators, Des Moines Marriot Downtown, 700 Grand Ave., Des Moines.

2:30 p.m., Tim Pawlenty, Republican Party of Iowa booth, Iowa State Fair.

3 p.m., Herman Cain, “Common Sense Solutions” bus tour stop, 101 South Main St., Sigourney.

3:30 p.m., Ron Paul, meet and greet, Republican Party of Iowa booth, Iowa State Fair.

4 p.m., Michele Bachmann, Des Moines Register soapbox, Iowa State Fair.

4:30 p.m., Michele Bachmann, welcome home reception, Iowa Living History Farms, Urbandale.

5:30 p.m., Tim Pawlenty, College Students for Pawlenty pizza party, Iowa State University, Ames.

7 p.m., Michele Bachmann, Dallas County fundraising dinner, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, 150 S. Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines.

8:30 p.m., Michele Bachmann, Straw Poll tailgate party, Ames.

Notice that for all extents and purposes, the only candidates who are really competing in Ames are Bachmann, Pawlenty, Paul, Cain, McCotter and Santorum. If any of them finish behind the non-competitors – Romney, Huntsman, Gingirch, and let’s throw in Perry and Palin – they’ll really have to evaluate whether they should remain in the race. I might make an exception for McCotter since he wasn’t allowed into last night’s Fox News debate, an omission that I felt was undeserved.

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