Romney: Iowa State Fair, here I come
July 22nd, 2011
10:58 AM ET
3 years ago

Romney: Iowa State Fair, here I come

(CNN) - We're learning more about Mitt Romney's quick trip to Iowa next month.

The former Massachusetts governor and 2012 GOP presidential candidate makes his second visit to the first-in-the-nation caucus state on Thursday August 11. Romney, who's making his second bid for the White House, makes a swing through the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, a must stop for anyone running for president. A source with knowledge of Romney's schedule confirmed the timing to CNN.

Later that day Romney drives about 40 minutes north on I-35 to Ames, Iowa, to take part in a Republican presidential debate that night. But Romney leaves Ames well before Saturday's crucial straw poll, which he's skipping.

Friday Romney's in New Hampshire, the first-in-the-nation primary state. He'll be the center of attention at a house party being put on by Ovide Lamontagne, a leading conservative in the Granite State, who is holding such events with many of the Republican White House hopefuls.

While he's made at least ten campaign visits this year to New Hampshire, the state that holds the first primary in the race for the White House, Romney has visited Iowa only once, in May. But he did speak with nearly 10,000 Iowans Monday night during a tele-town hall, and indicated he may hold another one, saying that "I'll look forward to doing this again."

During the tele-town hall, according to a report from the Des Moines Register and confirmed by campaign officials, Romney was asked why he isn't participating in the Ames straw poll. Romney answered, as he has in the past, that he's opting out of all straw polls, including ones in Florida, Michigan and elsewhere.

"We said, you know, resources, money, is hard to come by. We want to use the money we have to win the caucuses, to win the primaries, to win the conventions, to be able to get delegates and become the nominee," added Romney, who's considered the front-runner at this point in the race for the GOP nomination.

Romney won the straw poll four years ago, but the headlines went to former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who had a surprising second place finish. Despite spending a lot of time and money in Iowa, Romney came in second to Huckabee in the caucuses the following January.

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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Democrat Class Warfare & Race Baiting - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Keep up the good work Mitt! Can't wait to see you in the Whitehouse in January 2013.

    July 22, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  2. Mikey

    A lot of people have called our President a "stuffed shirt". Funny, when you look it up in the dictionary the definition is accompanied by the above picture.

    July 22, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    The headline sounds like a title for a 50's musical.

    July 22, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The question is how well is he going to do against Bachmann? Can he rub her face into the ground and maintain a huge lead over her and everyone else? I wonder what he plans on doing about the tea people who may not like him a whole lot. It would be interesting if Romney gets the nomination and face Obama and Trump as an independant. That would be neat!

    July 22, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Keep up the good work Mitt! Can't wait to see you in the Whitehouse in January 2013.
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    Too bad the that the generic Republican candidate is the only conservative that comes close to Obama in polls. After the Tea Party finishes with the Republican Party, the Democrats will hold super majorities for decades. Until the budget and debt are fixed.

    July 22, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  6. Malty

    Mitt Romney would be great in the White House. He has a background in success in both the private and public sectors. He understands the economy and has been a leader. The current administration has only 7% of experience in the private sector (Obama = 0%). No wonder their policies are perpetuating the recession and unemployment.

    Mitt Romney in 2012.

    July 22, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  7. carrotroot

    Romney is blue blood Republican who takes the conservative vote for granted.

    July 22, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  8. Democrat Class Warfare & Race Baiting - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Too bad the that the generic Republican candidate is the only conservative that comes close to Obama in polls. After the Tea Party finishes with the Republican Party, the Democrats will hold super majorities for decades. Until the budget and debt are fixed.
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    So Obama is beaten by essentially ANYBODY as long as they are a Republican! Bodes VERY well for the Republicans. So how is that Stimulus plan doing in keeping unemployment below 8%? It's 9.2% and RISING you say? Sky rocketing food and fuel prices now taking the economy into another down turn, complements of Obama printing mountains of money to pay for his spending insanity. Repeat after me..."Congratulation President Romney".

    July 22, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  9. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    So Mitt has finally decided his ankle-biting opponents are getting too much attention in the press and decided to come off the mountain and head to Iowa. What is he afraid of? The folks in New Hampshire will not hand the election to either Pawlenty or Bachmann no matter how well they do in Iowa. The states he should be concerned with are South Carolina and Florida. Unless he does well in those states, the entire campaign will be a write-off for him.

    July 22, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  10. Kenny K

    I wonder if the republican candidates who are trying to abide to Reagan's principle that "one should not go after party competitors" realize that Reagan invoked that because he was already well known than others. That way, there will be no way for others to proof that he/she is better than the front runner or the most popular. If they do not start going after the frontrunner or the most popular, they will be for ever in rear view.

    July 22, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  11. Kenny K

    @Matt. ...The current administration has only 7% of experience in the private sector (Obama = 0%).
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    Read this excerpt from Wikipedia;
    President Obama "worked as a civil rights attorney in Chicago and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004. He served three terms representing the 13th district in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004."

    July 22, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  12. ConservaFASCISTS/Alan West = Masogonist

    You're the frontrunner and short on cash? Apparently you don't appeal to many in the republican party Willard.

    July 22, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  13. bb

    During Mitt's SINGLE term as governor of Mass. he was ranked by the US Dept of Labor as the 47th state out of 50 in job creation. He attempted repeatedly to cut the minimum wage, while at the same time worked toward additional tax breaks for the rich. He was very unpopular within his own state due to his poor economic policies – No wonder he couldn't run for a second term.

    July 22, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  14. w l jones

    These Republican staff falling out with theirs candidate like cross a creep at night on a wet log. They better get there act together soon for we the people of America ..Bless..

    July 22, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  15. Fair is Fair

    "After the Tea Party finishes with the Republican Party, the Democrats will hold super majorities for decades."
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    Funny, I heard that a couple of years ago. Before the 2010 midterms. That statement is sooooooooo 2009.

    July 22, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  16. vic , nashville ,tn

    Yes Mitt Romney has private sector experience 2008 private sector kneel down and beg the government to save their life

    July 22, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  17. Democrat Class Warfare & Race Baiting - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    During Mitt's SINGLE term as governor of Mass. he was ranked by the US Dept of Labor as the 47th state out of 50 in job creation.
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    Mass. usually doesn't need massive job growth because the unemployment rate is typically low.

    he was governor fro 2003-2007. Unemployment was 5.6% in Jan. 2003, 4.6% in Jan. 07, and 4.4% in Jan. 2008!!! Would you like to compare those numbers to Obama's??? Didn't think so!!

    July 22, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  18. Malty

    @Kenny K: Thank you for proving my point. Academia is not considered the private sector unless he is running a private institution.

    July 22, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Too bad the that the generic Republican candidate is the only conservative that comes close to Obama in polls. After the Tea Party finishes with the Republican Party, the Democrats will hold super majorities for decades. Until the budget and debt are fixed.
    ================================================================================================
    So Obama is beaten by essentially ANYBODY as long as they are a Republican! Bodes VERY well for the Republicans.
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    No. It means the exactly what it says. Only a generic candidate comes close *but does not beat* Obama in the polls. All, repeat all, of the current dreamers do not and can not beat Obama. Haven't you noticed how the call keeps going out for another choice? Republicans have shouted out "Next" almost as much as "Cut" this year.

    July 22, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |