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 7:13 PM  Thompson draws more than 100 in Cedar Rapids

Thompson stepped off the Winnebago in Noel Ridge Park in Cedar Rapids to be greeted by his largest self-organized crowd of the weekend at well over 100 strong.

Attendees were treated to barbecue pork sandwiches, beans, chips, veggies, cookies and brownies before they took seats on picnic tables under shelter overlooking a picturesque lagoon.

Although it is a bit muggy outside, the shade of the shelter and a gentle breeze offered considerable relief.

Thompson was introduced by Leon Mosley, co-chair of the Iowa Republican Party. Mosley, Thompson and others had gone trout fishing the week earlier and neither caught a fish. Mosley said he could see the trout right next to him, "but they wouldn't bite nothing."

Thompson delivered his speech, drawing laughs and applause at several points.

Chad Olsen, Thompson's Iowa campaign manager, said he was pleased with the event, noting that many new people signed on to ride the buses the campaign will provide to Ames.

Thompson has been to Cedar Rapids at least six times already.

Thompson is now on the way to Cedar County, to the home of Bobby Kauffman, former chairman of the Iowa Federation of College Republicans.

-- By David Wise


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