Rick Perry http://michiganradio.org en GOP candidates head to Mackinac Island http://michiganradio.org/post/gop-candidates-head-mackinac-island <p>On the heels of <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2011/09/23/140727658/romney-ensures-perry-has-long-hard-night-at-orlando-gop-debate">last night&rsquo;s Republican presidential debate</a>, Texas Governor Rick Perry and Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney are heading to <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/mackinac-island">Mackinac Island</a>. The two GOP presidential candidates are scheduled to attend the <a href="http://migop.org/index.php/conference/information/">Michigan Republican Leadership Conference</a> this weekend.</p><p>As <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/people/rick-pluta?rel=author">Rick Pluta</a> tell us, it&rsquo;s a time for Republicans to brainstorm their policies and political messages:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;It&#39;s where half of the political culture is going to be. [They&#39;ll] be developing the platforms and messages that they&#39;re going to be coming back to us with next year...&nbsp; to try and make the case that it ought to be another Republican year.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Pluta notes that fundraising also plays an important part at the conference:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;Conceivably its to network and to plot strategy but, it&#39;s on a resort island, and it&#39;s really for Republicans who have the money or the means to go up there so, as you can imagine, there&#39;s a lot of fundraising... as the individual GOP campaigns figure out how they&#39;re going to finance their efforts.&quot;</p></blockquote><p><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/rick-snyder">Governor Snyder</a> will address the conference this evening. The events wrap up on Sunday. Fri, 23 Sep 2011 12:43:38 +0000 Zoe Clark 4274 at http://michiganradio.org GOP candidates head to Mackinac Island