Romney campaigned in Iowa on Saturday.
ALGONA, Iowa (CNN) - GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Saturday that he is cutting back on his budget for the Ames, Iowa, straw poll.
"We're not trying to overshoot dramatically," said the former Massachusetts governor. "Initially we planned to try to bring in a very large number of folks from across the state for the straw poll. We've cut back on our target from that standpoint to a level where we think we can win, but we're not trying to overwhelm anybody. But I think it's important to show our commitment to the straw poll process."
GOP presidential rivals John McCain and Rudy Giuliani have said they will not participate in the contest.
The Ames straw poll, held on August 11 this election cycle, is an unofficial test of the Republican candidates, typically used as a gauge that may or may not show how much support a candidate really has.
"It's not going to be as intense of an event as it would have been had the other frontrunners decided to participate."
Romney declined to mention any figures as to exactly how much they'd be scaling back.
- CNN Iowa producer Chris Welch