Perry starts Romney barnstorming tour in GJ

Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks during the Red State Gathering, where he announced his run for president, on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011 in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Alice Keeney)

With a nod to Colorado’s certain status as a toss-up state in Tuesday’s presidential election, two leading Republicans — including a former front-runner in the race for the GOP presidential nomination — will be barnstorming through town today.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who for a spell during the primaries was considered the GOP’s leading candidate for the top of the presidential ticket, is planning four meet-and-greet stops today in the region. He’ll be joined by House GOP Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of California, the third-ranking Republican in the GOP-led House of Representatives.

Perry and McCarthy will make their first stop at 11 a.m. today at GOP headquarters at 1114 N. First St. in Grand Junction. No tickets are necessary.

Local officials said the event will be a chance to interact with the Republican leaders, but it wasn’t clear if the pair would be making formal speeches.

“(Gov. Perry) is a tremendous speaker,” said Ruth Ehlers, chairwoman of the Mesa County Republicans, who saw Perry speak in Basalt earlier this year. “He was amazing. I was much more impressed with him then, than I had been during the (primary) campaign.”

The last-minute GOP caravan then heads to the Clifton area for a 12:15 p.m. event at Starvin’ Arvin’s restaurant, 3247 F Road.

After Clifton, they go to Delta GOP headquarters, 365 Main St., scheduled for 2 p.m.

Their fourth stop of the day will be in Glenwood Springs at 5 p.m.  at GOP headquarters, 918 Grand Ave.


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