Sources tell TheIowaRepublican.com 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 TheIowaRepublican.com
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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