Rick Perry Wins Round One Against Michele Bachmann
A showdown in Bachmann's hometown of Waterloo goes to the race's newcomer
Michele Bachmann has been the most glamorous star of the Republican nomination fight so far -- winning dueling magazine covers last week -- but now there's a new girl in town, with hair that's just as beautiful, soaking up all the attention. Rick Perry proved a tough act to follow for Bachmann Sunday night, even in her own hometown of Waterloo, Iowa. Perry, having jumped into the presidential race the day before, "schooled" Bachmann at a dinner for the Black Hawk County Republican Party, according to Politico's Ben Smith and Jonathan Martin. Bachmann is known for her personal touch with voters, but Sunday she "campaigned like a celebrity," hanging out in her trailer (bus), while Perry shook hands and talked to the little people.
The Texas governor let a media throng grow and dissolve before working his way across the room to sit at table after table, shake hand after hand, pose for photographs and listen politely to a windy Abraham Lincoln impersonator, paying respect to a state that expects candidates, no matter their fame, to be accessible.But Bachmann campaigned like a celebrity. ... She camped out in her bus, parked on the street in front of a nearby Ramada Hotel, until it was time to take the stage. Even after a local official's introduction, Bachmann was nowhere to be found. It was not until a second staffer assured her that the lighting had been changed and a second introduction piped over the loudspeakers that she entered the former dance hall here. By the time she made her big entrance to bright lights and blaring music, the crowd seemed puzzled.