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June 28th, 2011

Romney Tries to Phone It In

By Craig Robinson

Mitt Romney’s critique of how President Obama is handling the economy was correct, but his remarks would have had a greater impact had he challenged the President from Iowa instead of by telephone via the Des Moines Register.

Romney’s decision to weigh in on the President’s visit to Iowa shows one of the flaws in his strategy to downplay or ignore Iowa.  Whether Mitt Romney is here or not, the Iowa Caucuses will still matter.  This is evidenced by the immense amount of political news the state has produced in the last few days, none of it having anything to do with Romney or Jon Huntsman, the media-preferred candidates.

Romney’s decision to bypass Iowa doesn’t just mean that he is choosing to forgoe the First-in-the-Nation Caucuses, but it also means that he will not receive the media attention that comes with participating in Iowa.  His strategy only works if he remains the frontrunner.  Even if he is able to do that, he is still allowing a candidate to emerge from Iowa that could have enough momentum to topple him in contests after New Hampshire.

While Romney avoids Iowa, the man he hopes to face in the general election has an affinity for Iowans since they are the ones who gave him a huge victory in the 2008 Democrat caucuses.  Even as President, Obama has been a frequent visitor to the state that launched his presidential campaign.  While Romney doesn’t feel like he needs Iowa to win the Republican nomination, he may need its six electoral votes in a close general election race.

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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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