Walker to give speech in Iowa following motorcycle ride

Rev up and pig out — it’s time for a new kind of event on Iowa’s presidential calendar.

U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst’s “Roast and Ride” is debuting Saturday, and she hopes it’ll become a tradition on the state’s political circuit.

The first-term Republican lawmaker is set to lead about a 50-mile motorcycle ride from Des Moines to Boone with a group of military veterans and a likely presidential candidate, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

Walker is all decked out in his Harley-Davidson gear — jacket, boots, gloves, even down to his wallet. Walker and lots of bikers have gathered at a Harley-Davidson store before the trip. The governor chatted enthusiastically with others about riding bikes.

In Boone, Ernst is hosting a pig roast that will feature speeches from Walker and six other GOP hopefuls.

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry just got into the race, and he’s planning to take a different route to Boone on his motorcycle ride.
Ernst says the gathering will be a “good Iowa time.”