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The 4th of July parade in Clear Lake back in 2007 was a big deal stop on the Iowa Caucus campaign trail, as Hillary and Bill Clinton walked the route. It was the part of the former president’s first swing through Iowa for his wife’s campaign. Mitt Romney was there in Clear Lake, too, with his campaign RV. The Clintons and Romney had a brief, handshake-type of encounter. (Barack Obama was in Iowa, too, that day back in 2007, but in places like Pella and in central Iowa.)
Sources say at least
three two 2012 Republican presidential candidates will be in the 2011 Clear Lake 4th of July parade: Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich & Ron Paul. (UPDATE: The Ron Paul campaign called to say they will have supporters walking in the parade, but the congressman won’t be there.)