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November 4th, 2009

Pawlenty Praises Iowa Caucuses Before Iowa Visit

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Written by: Craig Robinson

Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty participated in a conference call with Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Matt Strawn this morning. Governor Pawlenty serves as vice chairman of the Republican Governors Association and talked about the Republican victories in New Jersey and Virginia last night.

Pawlenty, who many believe is preparing for a presidential run in 2012, will be the featured speaker at the Republican Party of Iowa’s fall fundraiser this Saturday night in Des Moines. While Pawlenty says that he is focused on helping Republicans win elections in 2010, he did praise the Iowa Caucuses and the role that Iowa plays in the selecting presidential nominees.

Pawlenty said, “The Iowa caucuses are a terrific tradition. We hold caucuses in Minnesota, but they are not as large or as monitored as the Iowa caucuses.” Pawlenty also said that he has been able to experience the Iowa caucuses a little bit as a surrogate speaker.

“It’s a wonderful demonstration of democracy at a grassroots level. The people of Iowa take it very seriously, and they take time to learn about the candidates and their positions,” he added.

“There is a great fidelity that the people of Iowa attach to the process. It’s a terrific and helpful tradition. I have great respect for the caucuses, and Iowa should retain their [first in the nation] status.” tim_pawlenty

About the Author

Craig Robinson

Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country.

Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses.

A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states.

Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site,

Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing.

Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.

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