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With Congress on break, Bachmann begins five-day Iowa swing

WASHINGTON — Part of the difficulty with exploring a presidential bid as a current member of Congress, as University of New Hampshire professor and pollster Andrew Smith told me last week, is that one has to be in Washington so frequently that one doesn’t get to spend a ton of time in the early primary states.

So with Congress on a one-week recess, Michele Bachmann today is headed to Iowa for a five-day swing through the first-in-the-nation caucus state, centered mostly in the Des Moines area. Here’s a brief outline of the trip (all times local to Iowa, which follows Central time):

On Wednesday around noon she’ll speak at the state Capitol building in Des Moines for a Christian home school educatiors event, followed by a 3:30 speech at another homeschool event at a hotel in the city. Expect to see something on Good Morning America with footage and an interview taped throughout the day.

Thursday is mostly private meetings, but the day ends with a Facebook town hall at 5 p.m., likely from somewhere in or around Des Moines. Following that, she’ll head to the Iowa Renewal Project’s event at the Sheraton in West Des Moines (a separate city, but right next door) and close with an after-dinner reception.

Friday is almost all private meetings, and no widely-attendable public events are scheduled as yet.

Saturday, she lines up with other possible presidential contenders like former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and businessman Herman Cain at the Conservative Principles Conference, in Des Moines. If ever there were friendly territory for her, this would be it, as the event is hosted by her closest ally in the House, Iowa Rep. Steve King. Her flight out of Iowa is scheduled for late Saturday.

That’s the basic outline of her trip, however it should be noted that Bachmann likes to do unannounced stop-ins to various places, and the last time she went to Iowa she didn’t announce a visit with Tea Party members at a local coffee shop, though the Des Moines Register’s Tom Beaumont and I found out about it and were eventually allowed in.

If you’re particularly curious to see the trip but can’t go to Des Moines, Bachmann staffers tell me they’re going to try to livestream her public events on her website, much the same way they did with her New Hampshire trip.

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Tom Anderson on 03/22/2011 - 09:15 pm.

    Doesn’t it seem as though Congress is always on a break?

  2. Submitted by Derek Wallbank on 03/23/2011 - 10:37 am.

    Tom,

    The House GOP leadership decided this year to have representatives out of D.C. for at least one full week each month. Looking ahead at the schedule, they’ve got “District Work Periods” (aka recess) for the following:

    April: 2 full weeks
    May: 1 full week & 1 partial week
    June: 2 full weeks and 1 partial week
    July: 1 full week
    August: All but one week
    September: 1 full week
    October: 2 full weeks
    November: 2 full weeks
    December: Not scheduled yet, but usually 2 full weeks and 3 if they can get things wrapped up early.

    -DW

  3. Submitted by Karl Bremer on 03/23/2011 - 12:14 pm.

    Someone please remind me again which district Bachmann represents in Iowa in which she’ll be spending the week-long “District Work Period.”

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