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Several high profile candidates have had trouble gaining traction


There's another high-profile candidate that's been struggling in recent polls; that's Rick Perry. He's been advertising heavily and has a large campaign war chest. But, he's struggled to gain traction after having troubles in early debates.

Tuesday night, Perry, Bachmann and Gingrich are hoping not necessarily for a first place finish but showing well.

At an afternoon appearance at Principal Financial Group's headquarters in downtown Des Moines, Texas Governor Rick Perry laid out his vision for America.

A vision that includes less federal oversight and more decision-making at the state level.

"We don't need Washington telling us day in day out, this is how you're going to do it. I'm sorry but we're not all alike," Gov. Rick Perry (R) said.

Perry says his experience as a governor would transition well into the White House.

But he went on to say to a group of principal workers, the race is a marathon that's going to go for some time.

That's Newt Gingrich's line, too, He's told reporters recently he's the victim of a smear campaign by Mitt Romney. He hopes caucus goers see through that.

"I don't think anybody else in this campaign could have taken the sheer volume of negative ads and still be in the race. I'm proud of Iowa for seeing through the attacks and am very proud of our campaign team," said presidential candidate Newt Gingrich (R). 

Michele Bachmann's campaign has struggled since a win at the straw poll in August.

She told students at a "rock the vote" event she's the best candidate for high school students to have a bright future.

"I want to abolish the tax code so you can wildly succeed with your future and with your plans. I want a future for you. I want a hope for you," Bachmann (R) said. 

There may be hope for her campaign after caucus night. She's been banking on her native Iowa to give her a boost unlike the two men joining her at the bottom of the recent polls.

Perry and Gingrich seem to have the money to continue their campaigns for some time.

For more on Tuesday's caucus, be sure to check out News 4's Decision 2012 page.

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