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Political Season Heats Up In Iowa

HIAWATHA, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- Primary elections are less than a week away, meaning the last minute campaign scramble is here. A lot of that attention is being focused on Iowa, where politicians are showing up to throw their support behind candidates.

Texas governor Rick Perry was next to make a stop in Iowa on Wednesday. He appeared at Master Tool and Manufacturing in Hiawatha to throw his support behind senate candidate Matt Whitaker. He also recently endorsed Governor Terry Branstad in a video.

I think it's really cool that the politicians recognize the Midwest as a place where manufacturing is done, it's not just flyover country, says Mike Bitterman, Co-Owner of Master Tool and Manufacturing.

Perry got a chance to tour Master Tool and Manufacturing, simultaneously laying out his support for American industry and Senate candidate Matt Whittaker.

When he goes to Washington DC, he'll take Iowa value of hard work and competition with him, Perry says of Whitaker.

The Texas Governor is just one of the big names stumping for Senate Candidates in Iowa.

Former Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin gave her nod to Joni Ernst just last month in Des Moines. Former Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney will be making a stop in Cedar Rapids this Friday to do the same.

Iowa is no stranger to political power players campaigning in the state, but Perry says this year matters even more.

That's important for us to do - pick up the United States Senate, Perry says. It's important for this country.

He says that Iowans haven't seen the last of him.

I'll be coming up here multiple times between now and the fourth of November, helping both Terry and the United States Senate Candidate, he says.

It's neat to be in Iowa, to have governors and senators and the like come to Iowa, and the attention we get for that, Whitaker says.

So as the race to Midterm elections and the 2016 race heats up, it's a scene you should probably get used to.

Perry was asked about those 2016 presidential aspirations - he says he "Just doesn't know right now. As for Romney, he will be campaigning for Ernst at the Veterans Memorial Building this Friday at 8 am.
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