Romney opens first Iowa campaign headquarters
November 19th, 2011
05:10 PM ET
10 years ago

Romney opens first Iowa campaign headquarters

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Mitt Romney's campaign has opened its first 2012 presidential campaign headquarters in Iowa.

Dave Kochel, the top strategist in the state for the Republican presidential candidate, said the office opened last week in Des Moines.

"We moved into a little bit bigger space several days ago," Kochel said. He explained that the new office is between 3,000 to 4,000 square feet with a street entrance.

Staffers quietly opened the space with virtually no fanfare.

"It's not an earth-shattering thing. We were kind of cramped in one room of my little office in town," Kochel said, referring to himself and the four other Romney Iowa staffers working in his consulting office.

Yet the office opening is significant. It suggests the former Massachusetts governor may ramp up his campaign activities in the Hawkeye state. He's only visited the state a handful of times in the current presidential cycle, far less than some of his rivals.

Kochel downplayed the office's significance.

"It suggests that the caucuses are getting a little closer. We have more volunteer activity than we did a couple of months ago."

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. logic in LA

    Is he worried about being Hilaried? poor show then the press saying he's done? Too late- he should have stayed out completely

    November 19, 2011 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Only Mittens will be able to prevent Ames and Waterloo from having nuclear weapons.

    November 19, 2011 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  3. Marie MD

    Now his face makes me want to puke!

    November 19, 2011 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  4. 82%hatecongress

    very big loser all he wants is big money from corporate america. loser..

    November 19, 2011 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  5. 82%hatecongress

    it would be better if we did not have christmas, how it would hurt corporate america all them imports just sitin in stores..hohoho merry corporate america!!!

    November 19, 2011 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  6. 82%hatecongress

    get real america!! love being in homeless ,poor, no food, vote for who?

    November 19, 2011 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  7. Squigman

    PLease vote for me. If you could see what I see, when I look in the mirror, you'd vote for me. Look past the facts, and just look at me. Me! Me! Me!

    November 19, 2011 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  8. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    He doesn't want to lose Iowa again like he did 4 years ago. I can't blame him.. The problem Romney has is that he isn't getting lots of people. He only has his core. Many conservatives still don't trust him. They are waivering on everyone else at this point.

    November 19, 2011 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  9. Larry L

    Can he be crazy enough for Iowa? Sure. He changes with the wind direction – the ultimate flip-flopper.

    November 20, 2011 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  10. frag

    too little, too late

    November 20, 2011 05:36 am at 5:36 am |
  11. diridi

    Iowa, you have any brain, do not vote for these GOP idiots, they are not for you, they are for corporate thugs, insurance pigs, insurance pigs already pouring bribes to these idiots...god for direct Democratic ticket....Obama2012.

    November 20, 2011 07:36 am at 7:36 am |