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August 12, 2011

Bachmann, Perry Already at War

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) will hit the ground running with some very savvy political maneuvers this weekend, but Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) isn't planning to make it easy for him. While Perry's announcement of his presidential bid on Saturday will likely wrest some media attention away from the results of the Ames straw poll -- which Bachmann has a good chance of winning -- Bachmann will be appearing right after Perry at his first Iowa visit in her hometown of Waterloo, reports the New York Times.

"The decision sets up the likelihood of a tense political moment featuring the two potential rivals less than 24 hours after the Ames straw poll. Mr. Perry, who is expected to confirm his intentions to run on Saturday, was hardly subtle in his choice of Mrs. Bachmann's hometown, Waterloo, for his Iowa debut. By appearing there, Mr. Perry was clearly signaling that he is coming after her supporters in the state. But Mrs. Bachmann is no shrinking violet, and her campaign quickly moved to counter his appearance at the Black Hawk County Republican Party dinner with one of her own."


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