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July 27th, 2011

Straw Poll Speaking Order Set

Sources tell that the speaking order for the Ames Straw Poll has been determined.  Candidates were able to place their name in a speaking slot based on the amount they paid for their lot on the grounds at the Iowa State Center.  That means that Ron Paul had first pick of when he wanted to speak at the event since he paid the most for his space.  Paul will speak second, behind Rick Santorum.

Here is the speaking order that was given to

Rick Santorum
Ron Paul
Tim Pawlenty
Michele Bachmann
Thad McCotter
Herman Cain

Quick Thoughts:

Santorum and Pawlenty paid the least for their lots and thus had little control over where they would speak in the program.  Ironically, they both landed prime speaking spots.  Four years ago, Mitt Romney could pick where he wanted to speak, and chose to lead off the event.

Santorum will be able to set the tone for the afternoon, and not have to worry about being over shadowed by someone speaking before him.  The media will be eagerly awaiting the start of the program, so Santorum should get plenty of attention by speaking first.  Media attention is something his campaign needs.

The Bachmann campaign must want to be able to respond to Pawlenty, who has become somewhat of a sparring partner for her as of late.  The Minnesota showdown in the middle of the program will be something everybody will want to watch.

Herman Cain will be a strong speaker to end the day. He is by far the most gifted speaker who will take the stage in Ames. While closing the event has its appeal, had he chosen to speak in front of a candidate like Pawlenty or Santorum, he may have over shadowed them.  Now he needs to hope that the people inside of Hilton Coliseum will stay in their seats after the Pawlenty/Bachmann fireworks display is over.

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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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