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Gov. Rick Perry speaks one-on-one with KWWL

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry, in a one-on-one interview with KWWL Texas Gov. Rick Perry, in a one-on-one interview with KWWL
MANCHESTER (KWWL) -

After a Monday morning visit to Elkader, one of the 44 cities on Rick Perry's bus tour of Iowa leading up to the caucuses, the Texas governor chatted with KWWL reporter Becca Habegger en route to his next stop in Manchester.

"You know," he said on the bus, "being a kid who grew up on a farm, getting to drive through these rural communities and see all this farmland, it's kind of special for me."

Perry said he expects to see some surprises from the caucus results, despite the fact he's now polling in fourth and fifth place positions among the other GOP presidential candidates.

"We've been up, we've been down, we've been sideways, as have four or five other people during the campaign, so it's one of the reasons we're out doing the bus tour, is talking to Iowans face-to-face and sharing with them what's on our heart," Perry said.

He also addressed some of the ads he has paid for in Iowa, in which he, in no uncertain terms, identifies himself as a Christian.

"I think Americans are ready for someone to be the president of the United States that is not afraid to stand up and proclaim their faith and proclaim their values," Perry said. "Those are very important to people of Iowa. I mean, these are just God-fearing, hard-working folks."

In Manchester, Perry's second stop Monday, voters gathered - both the decided and undecided.

Larry Shover is a registered Iowa Republican from Delhi.

"My top three right now would probably be Perry, Romney and Newt," he said Monday afternoon at Pizza Ranch in Manchester.

Folks there, such as undecided voter Tom Oakleaf, got to meet Perry face-to-face.

"He's the type of guy you want to go out and have a beer with," Oakleaf said. "I mean, I think he's a very sincere, honest guy."

Nancy Shover, a registered Iowa Republican, said she appreciates Iowans' opportunities to meet candidates in person.

"I think there's something to be said for being able to actually look them in the eye and kind of try to tell what they are made of," Shover said.

Other Iowans may find themselves in Vicki Kuper's position. She, too, is a registered Iowa Republican living in Delhi and joined Nancy and Larry Shover for lunch.

"I think it's getting down to crunch time, and I need to start finding some time to pay closer attention to the different candidates," she said.

Kuper, like many caucus-goers across the state, will be following each candidate closely leading up to January 3.

Perry stopped Monday morning in Elkader, followed by a trip to Manchester, a visit in Dyersville and an event in Dubuque.

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