AMES, Iowa (CNN)– There is no question that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney believes the Hawkeye State could be the key to him winning the GOP presidential nomination.
Romney has invested heavily in Saturday's Republican straw poll including running television commercials leading up to the event.
"Change begins in Iowa," he said to Republicans attending Saturday's straw poll. "It begins today. You are going to make it happen. Let's go out there and win one.'
This theme was echoed by Romney's wife, Ann, who is playing a prominent role in his presidential campaign.
"We have come to recognize that this is the heartland and you have touched our hearts," she said. "Our lives have been changed because of you."
– CNN Political Editor Mark Preston
It is estimated Romney spent approximately $9,000,000 in preparation for the Iowa Straw Poll, or about $2100 per vote. Paul spent approximately $50,000 on the Iowa Straw Poll, or about $40 per vote. Which one would you consider 'conservative' and have the economic savvy to save our country? Granted Romney won the political circus in Iowa...but he really didn't gain very much, it was predicted very early (after Guiliani and McCain dropped from the poll) that he would win. Ron Paul on the other hand received nearly 10% of the vote, with .005% the investment. Who's more conservative and fiscally responsible?
Not to mention Tom Tancredo, Tommy Thompson, Sam Brownback, and Mike Huckabee (we could throw in Ron Cox as well, but I think he was already dead in the water before the straw poll)...all nearly exhausted their war chests in order to do well in the Iowa Straw Poll.
Ron Paul stated very clearly today in Ames he is not ending his candidacy due to a fifth place showing in a mock election. He's in it for the long haul...even if the mainstream media considers him a long shot contender.