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June 10th, 2011

Pawlenty, Santorum, and Cain Back Straw Poll

Thus far, two candidates have publically backed the Republican Party of Iowa’s Ames Straw Poll, Tim Pawlenty and Rick Santorum. Below are the statements they have released.

Santorum Campaign

It is disappointing that the perceived front runner would choose to disregard Iowa voters and the importance of the first in the nation caucus. He has traveled to Iowa only once this year, and has shown no commitment to the voters of Iowa or the importance of this caucus in the presidential nominating process.

Senator Santorum is fully committed to Iowa. He’s been there more than any of the other presidential candidates, is spending part of the summer in Iowa with his family and will encourage his supporters to attend the Iowa straw poll.

Pawlenty Campaign

Iowa Chairman Matt Whitaker said, “I joined Governor Pawlenty’s campaign because I knew he could put his record before voters everywhere. The Ames straw poll is a great gathering of conservatives, and Governor Pawlenty’s solid record will be well received there. I look forward to joining thousands of Iowans in casting my vote for Governor Pawlenty in Ames this summer and in the caucuses this winter.”

Cain Campaign

“After this week, Mr. Cain will have visited Iowa 20 times in less a year. He has enjoyed his time in the Hawkeye state, spreading his message of ‘common sense solutions,’ and more importantly, listening to Iowans about their concerns and ideas to get this country back on the right track. We look forward to the Ames straw poll and all opportunities to meet with voters in Iowa.

Thanks, Ellen Carmichael
Communications Director, Friends of Herman Cain

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About the Author

Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of TheIowaRepublican.com, 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 TheIowaRepublican.com 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, TheIowaRepublcian.com. 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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