Rick Perry Surrogate Joe Arpaio Calls Iowa the ‘Buckeyes’

For a presidential candidate, there’s nothing more important than researching before you hit the campaign trail. Generally speaking, people are easy. If you make the right references to sports and pop culture, and make the swing state people feel like you can relate to them, you can boost your chances of winning that state. According to Politico.com, Republican candidate Rick Perry should have done a better job of policing his cronies before heading to Iowa.

Arizona sheriff Joe Apraio introduced Perry at a Republican breakfast near Des Moines on Wednesday morning.  Before handing off the microphone to Perry, Apraio made a reference to Iowa’s Buckeyes. Oops. Naturally, the crowd erupted with boos.

Could it have been a slip of the tongue?  I guess it’s possible, but I highly doubt it.  After the comment, Perry took the mic from Apraio and joked that there were likely a number of Cyclones (Iowa State) in the crowd as well as Hawkeyes, which drew a few cheers.

“You know how to get an Iowa crowd riled up,” Perry joked. “You’re not going to live that one down for a while — I’m here to tell ya.”

The most entertaining aspect of the flub is that Perry vowed to become the Tim Tebow of the Iowa caucuses earlier this month.  Having one of your associates mix up Buckeyes and Hawkeyes is not a good start.  Sports references are a good way to connect with the people as long as you know what you’re talking about.  Unfortunately for Rick, his right-hand man seems to have taken his preparation far too lightly.

H/T to Game On! for passing the story along

Rick Perry Hopes to be the Tim Tebow of the Iowa Caucuses

Tim Tebow is truly infiltrating every aspect of America right now. He’s broken into the dictionary, breweries, wombs, and high schools, and now he’s become a part of the Iowa caucus.

Republican Presidential candidate Rick Perry said at Thursday’s debate that he hopes to become the Tim Tebow of the Iowa caucuses. Here is the video:

“You know, there are a lot of people out there — I understand it. There are a lot of folks that said Tim Tebow wasn’t going to be a very good NFL quarterback. There are people that stood up and said well, he doesn’t have the right throwing mechanisms, or he doesn’t — you know, he is not playing the game right. You know, he won two national championships, and that looked pretty good. We’re the national champions in job creation back in Texas. But, am I ready for the next level? Let me tell you, I hope I am the Tim Tebow of the Iowa caucuses.”

Perry has been trailing in the polls and needs the push, so there’s no doubt the Tebow reference was a planned move. Here’s the thing: if you can take Iowa, that gives you excellent momentum moving forward. Kind of like the way the Broncos have reeled off a bunch of wins in a row. Well played Rick, well played.

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