Graves Backs Perry in Presidential Race

Posted August 15, 2011 at 7:03pm

DES MOINES, Iowa — Texas Gov. Rick Perry acquired another Congressional endorsement for his presidential campaign Monday.

Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) announced his support for Perry two days after the Republican governor entered the race for the White House.

“It’s important for Republicans to nominate someone who not only has a vision of how to create jobs, but who has done it,” Graves said in a statement. “That’s why I am endorsing Texas Governor Rick Perry for President. Gov. Perry has led the way in Texas on creating an environment for job growth. He can articulate our vision for creating jobs, with a record to back it up.”

Perry made his maiden voyage to Iowa to speak at the Black Hawk County Lincoln Day Dinner on Sunday, the day after announcing his candidacy in South Carolina. He immediately caught the attention of Hawkeye State Republicans, who had just wrapped up their quadrennial Ames straw poll.

On Monday, Perry visited the Iowa State Fair, greeting revelers and enjoying the local treats, such as pork on a stick. A gaggle of reporters followed Perry everywhere as he walked around the expansive fairgrounds.

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) endorsed his home-state governor Friday.