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August 23, 2011

Your Turn: Rick Perry Supports Our Troops

Rick Perry Iowa State Fair Support our Troops

It’s a picture that leaped into my head over a week ago, and I can’t stop thinking about. I’m interested in how you look at it. (I’ll join the discussion in the thread.)

Here’s the caption:

Republican presidential candidate and Texas Governor Rick Perry poses with a cutout of SGT James Benal of the Nebraska National Guard at the Iowa State Fair August 15, 2011 in Des Moines, Iowa. Benal’s mother poses the cutout in various setting and sends the pictures to her son who is deployed in Afghanistan. “I was hoping for a picture with the Butter Cow but this is even better,” said his mother Patty Benal. The visit is part of Perry’s first campaign trip to Iowa since declaring he would seek the Republican nomination for president on August 13.)

(photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images.)

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