BRIAN WILLIAMS, anchor:
Now we turn to politics, the campaign trail of
, and for the
a different ball game
after this weekend. They have an altered lineup and a big-name new candidate. Now the president has joined in with a three-
bus tour of his own to lay out his case. We have two reports on this tonight, beginning with
, good evening.
KELLY O'DONNELL reporting:
. It took just 48 hours to really shake up this race. Saturday's
some new stature. It forced
to abandon his campaign. But the biggest difference right now, the
is off and running.
Governor RICK PERRY:
-size personality to the
Iowa State Fair
for the first time
, the longest-serving governor in
he's ready for the
I think you want a president that is passionate about
, that's in -- that's in love with
aides said their first goal is a stumble-free campaign rollout. Do you feel you're behind at all, just in timing?
Oh, you know, I got a
to make up, I know that. I got -- I got in a little bit late.
Introducing himself to voters as the son of a farmer, an
paid respect to
This is what it's all about...
This is what it's about.
Iowa State Fair
And the voters need to be properly courted.
And let me tell you something else, I've been a Democrat my whole life and I might have to vote for you.
You might have to vote for me?
I might have to. If I vote for...
Give me a chance.
's launch soaked up attention typically showered on the
. Both spoke last night at a
dinner in her hometown,
Representative MICHELE BACHMANN:
My goal is to be bold, new, different, actually go in and take your voice.
Appearing for her speech only,
's campaign brought its own production of lights and music into a room seating about 300 people, stagecraft made for a
audience. In that other crucial early voting
, today national front-runner
was already taking on
, claiming his real-world business experience trumps
's record as governor on jobs.
Former Governor MITT ROMNEY:
the very best, and as the process goes on we'll see whose background and skill most fits the need and the needs of the country at a critical time like this.
insisted today that even though he has to engage and react to
, that that won't change his message, so he says. And tonight
is headed off to
for her own bus tour in that
other important state. Brian:
at the fair in