The Republican Party of Iowa sent out the following response to the news that Mitt Romney will not participate in the Iowa Straw Poll. The event is the Republican Party of Iowa’s largest fundraiser.
Iowa GOP Chairman Matt Strawn issued the statement below following Governor Romney’s announcement that he will not participate in the the Ames Straw Poll.
“I’ll leave it to the pundits and voters to assess the wisdom of skipping an event of tremendous importance to tens of thousands of Iowa Republicans and caucusgoers.”
“More than ever, Iowa Republicans are energized and motivated to utilize the Ames Straw Poll as a catalyst toward building a 99-county organization to deny President Obama a second term.”
“I’m encouraged that this grassroots energy, combined with the need for other Presidential campaigns to demonstrate their organizational strength and support, will lead to a very successful Ames Straw Poll in August.”
Compare that to the statement the Republican Party of Iowa released in 2007 when Rudy Giuliani announced he was skipping the event.
Giuliani Not Taking Iowans Seriously
Contact: Mary Tiffany
Presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani has decided he will not attend the Iowa Straw Poll in Ames on August 11.
The Iowa Straw Poll has historically been an accurate indicator of who will succeed in the Iowa Caucus. In 1999, the top two finishers went on to receive over 70 percent of the caucus vote. “It’s exceedingly difficult to win on caucus night when you have missed the opportunity to speak to over a third of the caucus-goers at the largest gathering of Republicans in the nation,” said Chuck Laudner, Executive Director of the Republican Party of Iowa.
Iowan Jim Nussle, a consultant for the campaign, claims Giuliani can bypass the Straw Poll as a result of his national name I.D. However, his national name recognition and polling has not helped him build an effective grass-roots organization capable of winning the Iowa Caucuses, let alone the Iowa Straw Poll.
The Republican Party of Iowa is disappointed over his decision, but more so over his lackluster campaign efforts in Iowa. Giuliani’s efforts in the Hawkeye State have also been disappointing for many Iowans who have not had the opportunity to see, hear, meet or question the former New York Mayor. The Straw Poll would have been an opportunity for Giuliani to show Iowans he is engaged, cares about Iowans’ issues and is 100 percent dedicated to Iowa.
Regarding Giuliani’s decision, Laudner said, “He was in, he was out, he was in, now he’s out. Who knows. Maybe he’ll change his mind again. Regardless, his name will be on the Straw Poll ballot in August.”
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