Romney: I will return to Iowa
July 19th, 2011
11:37 AM ET
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Romney: I will return to Iowa

(CNN) - He won't be competing in a crucial straw poll in Ames, Iowa next month, but Mitt Romney says he'll be spending more time in the state which holds the first contest in the presidential primary and caucus calendar.

"My wife and I will be campaigning in Iowa," Romney said Monday night in a tele-town hall with nearly 10,000 Iowa Republicans, "You won't be seeing too little of us."

The former Massachusetts governor, who's making his second bid for the GOP presidential nomination, promised to come to the Iowa State Fair next month. Romney has also agreed to attend a presidential debate in Ames, Iowa scheduled for August 11.

According to a report from the Des Moines Register and confirmed by Romney officials, the campaign called tens of thousands of Iowa Republicans' homes Monday night, with 9,820 people opting to listen into the tele-town hall for some or all of the half an hour long call.

During the conversation, 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.

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 indicated he may hold another tele-town hall, saying that "I'll look forward to doing this again."

The four most recent polls of likely GOP presidential caucus goers in Iowa indicate that Romney and Rep. Michele Bachmann of neighboring Minnesota are basically neck and neck for the top spot.

- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.
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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Mitt Romney
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. ConservaFASCISTS/Domestic Terrorists/Taliban/Al Queda/TRAITORS

    Romney can't beat Psyco Bachmann in her own backyard. I'm curious of where Willard "Job Destroyer" Romney is getting all of his campaign contributions from. I bet they're not from small donors.

    July 19, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  2. Jack

    I find this fixation on Iowa weird. How do Iowans represent the majority of Americans? At one time, yes–when we were an agrarian based society, scattered across hundreds of miles. Most Americans iive in cities and suburbs. The population is diverse in both religion and ethnicity. Most Americans live in large, metropolitan, densely populated areas. Saying Iowans represent America is like saying the Amish exemplify the typical Pennsylvanian.

    July 19, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  3. king

    hey you will never win in iowa romney bachman has that rapped up in her hands. any way how long will you repugs push tax money to the welthy by passing the hands of all those millions of americans that would benefit, especially small businesses. capitalism money start from the bottom up which give the american people and business to touch the money before it goes to the big corporations before they ship the money over seas. this country is made of competition mitt. you got to give the players a chance to compete before you take money from them and put it to these big corporation who are not hiring americans. they are hiring robots, computer systems and foreigners. i say tax the big corporation start building our infra structures and give the regular americans to atleast get their hands on trillions of dollars before it reach the big corporations and then americans doesnt see that money in either cash or jobs anymore. run on that mitt, and stop the bush trickle down, i meant trickle side ways economy.

    July 19, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  4. Arzuman Falcinelli

    We see Mitt Romney, the same looser. He lost against another looser in 2008, namely John McCain, how could Mitt win this time ? Romney is a total loss and waste of time and money. Let Mitt support another Republican to become more productive politician. Time will justify the truth about this looser.

    July 19, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  5. GOP = Greed Over People

    'Payments to police officers, which, News Corp. has admitted, seems a clear violation of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, as several senators have observed. If News Corp. is guilty, the FCC licenses of its 27 U.S. television stations could be in peril."

    You Fox trolls, better scurry back over to see if you still have job.

    Looks like your Koch kash maybe in "peril"!

    July 19, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  6. A Kickin` Donkey

    Why is he hiding behind his wife`s dress? Is she somehow suppose to convince the rest of us that he is not the stiff, starched shirt that we all can see with our own two eyes?

    All Romney wants to do in Iowa is survive – heLd take 3rd place and be happy. He`s counting on New Hampshire.

    July 19, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  7. GI Joe

    Why is he threatening those poor people with that?

    July 19, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  8. Phil in KC

    Iowa to Romney: "Thanks for the warning!"
    To Jack – Iowa matters because it is diverse in many ways. You have the predominantly white rural population; urban areas with a large minority population; the suburban population with the soccer mom demographic; factories; farms; insurance & banking; and a population that, on average, is more educated than the norm. But, more importantly, because of it's size and the length of the process, you have retail politics taking place in Iowa like no other. Because of that, you have a population that is more knowledgeable on political issues like no other. Plus, the caucus system is far more democratic and involved than a primary. If you've never studied it (without media bias or your own), you owe it to yourself to do so. That's why Iowa matters!

    July 19, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |