Candidates a poppin’

A few presidential candidates are prying themselves free of Iowa and bringing their road shows to the Golden State in the next week, including a large-scale rally in Oakland.

Republican Mitt Romney will host “Ask Mitt Anything” town hall meetings Sunday at Chapman University in Orange and then at 2:30 p.m. Monday at David’s Restaurant Banquet Center, 5151 Stars & Stripes Drive in Santa Clara. He’ll swing through Bakersfield on Tuesday, Long Beach on Wednesday and Sacramento on Thursday for various town halls, meet-and-greets and — presumably — fundraisers.

Republican Rudy Giuliani is planning public events next Thursday in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Lancaster, and Friday in Los Angeles and the Napa Valley, details not yet announced.

Democrat Dennis Kucinich is scheduled to hit San Luis Obispo, Templeton, Atascadero and Westlake Village for a series of public events and private fundraisers tomorrow; Santa Barbara, and Ojai on Sunday; and Santa Barbara again Monday before appearing on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno — no Bay Area appearances scheduled for this swing through, it seems.

And, last but most local, Democrat Hillary Clinton plans a big “Club44” rally in downtown Oakland next Sunday, Sept. 30, “an old-fashioned block party where thousands of residents from throughout the Bay Area will spend the afternoon with friends, co-workers, neighbors and family members in support of Hillary Clinton,” her campaign says. “Club44” is the campaign’s effort to engage women to make history by electing Clinton as the nation’s 44th President.

The Oakland event — 4:30–6:30 p.m. on Clay Street between 12th and 14th streets, between the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building and City Center — will feature live entertainment, food vendors and family fun, the campaign says. Tickets cost $20 each (kids under 18 enter free) and are available by clicking here.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.