From an AP report, via Politico:
In his stump speech, Thompson employs a folksy, Southern style and speaks without notes. He rambles at times and doesn’t always build to a rousing finish.
Speaking Monday to about 250 people in Marshalltown, Thompson had to point out that he was finished and it was OK for people to applaud.
“At least I got some applause,” he said. “I had to ask for it.”
In Cedar Falls, a country singer got the crowd rocking and clapping, but the room cooled as Thompson spoke.