It's all about Iowa ... for now
July 21st, 2011
09:53 AM ET
3 years ago

It's all about Iowa ... for now

(CNN) - Less than a month before the crucial Ames Straw Poll in Iowa, several Republican presidential candidates are focusing increased attention on the first-in-the-nation caucus state.

Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania officially announced Thursday that he and his family will reside in the state for the next three weeks while they try to win over Hawkeye State voters.

"I cannot wait for my entire family to experience the many sites and sounds our heartland has to offer," Santorum said in a statement.

While Santorum moves his brood, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty released his third ad, "The American Comeback," in the state Wednesday.

Standing in an ice arena in his hometown of St. Paul, Minnesota, the 2012 candidate said his record as governor can make America a leader again.

"To come back, we need a leader with a prove record, not just rhetoric," Pawlenty said in the spot. "Join me and prove the experts wrong."

Pawlenty, Santorum, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, who have all invested considerable time and resources in the state, will continue to campaign there. Pawlenty will visit 17 cities over the next week and Santorum will hit 50 cities as part of a three-week tour.

The August poll is an important barometer for the strength of the campaigns and a poor showing could severely impact their chances in the early voting state.


Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Michele Bachmann • Rick Santorum • Ron Paul • Tim Pawlenty
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Name king

    Another give tax cut to the rich so they can trickle it side ways to the global markets and forget people in this country. Hey it's time America change this 10 year strategy that haven't worked since it's inception. We need to concentrate on getting work and bringing back industries back to our country. We need to start the biggest infrastructure modernization and transportation project this country have ever seen. We've got to get beyond the repugs blockade of scare tactics, and get this project on the move. The rich will still benefit, but Americans will be put to work and the unemployment rates will plunge. Let get to work America.

    July 21, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  2. gary

    Iowa, "Headquarters of the "Norquist Gang" Im glad I don,t live in Iowa???? Have alot of fun, when your Job dissappears!!! Good luck "Seniors" trying to eat,and keep a roof over your heads???? Get real!!!!

    July 21, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  3. Sortakinda

    Stop the presses! He's going to live in Iowa for three weeks! Wow! Iowans will probably ask him to leave by the second day.

    July 21, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  4. LovesIrony

    the crucial Ames Straw Poll in Iowa, CRUCIAL? Please! This straw poll is far from crucial.

    July 21, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  5. George Washington

    No Thank You Mr. Santorum.

    Ron Paul 2012

    July 21, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  6. Phil in KC

    I'm not sure why the Ames Straw Poll is all that important. First of all, things can change radically between now and the caucuses, so it's really not that clear of an indicator. Second, a lot of Republicans live in the more rural areas away from Ames and Des Moines. Those voters may have different issues than those attending the straw poll.

    July 21, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  7. afmcalax

    Why in the world should a backward, religiously intolerant state like Iowa become the first state in determining the presidential candidates? Shouldn't a state with higher educational attainment, more tolerance of diversity and a more diverse economic base start the elimination process. That they then go to South Carolina, the bastion of the Confederacy, seems to prove the Republicans want a religious zealot and racial bigot to lead their party. Does seem to be self-defeating to me.

    July 21, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  8. vetern

    I,m hereing alot from the "Dwindling Middleclass" and the poor, "If the dept ceiling is not raised by TEA/GOP, "They will default on "Big Bank Loans" causing Chaos with "Wallstreet Thugs' taking average Americans 401k,and making "Billions on your money" I hope the new Consumer Protection Agency begins investigations into "Criminal Activity" in the banking industry,oil companies, and Criminal Speculators,destroying America with Greed and Corruption?? Take your money out of Big Banks and put it in Community Credit unions? Cut the head of the Snake, before its to late!!!!

    July 21, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  9. Louisiana Man

    A quote from GWB on August 2004 to the Pentagon echoes the sentiment of this present congress and his GOP pals.
    "Our enemies are innovative and resourceful-and so are we-
    They never stop thing about new ways to harm our country-and so do we-

    July 21, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  10. Al-NY,NY

    The good thing about Iowa being first in the nation is that while all the candidates fall over each other trying to "out-conservative" the others, the rest of the country gets to see just how extreme they really are. In order to pander to the zealots, they are alienating moderate Republicans and independents, thus sealing their doom

    July 21, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  11. Rudy NYC

    This poll does more for the bank accounts of the Republican state committee in Iowa, than it will for the candidates. Only those candidates in need exposure apply. So, why has Michelle Bachmann signed up for it?

    July 21, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |