Pawlenty’s Iowa road trip continues through straw poll

Tim Pawlenty’s long, hard ride through Iowa will continue unabated through the Aug. 13 Ames Straw Poll as he pulls out all the stops to make a strong showing in the closely-watched (though ultimately meaningless) indication of how many Iowans each candidate can get on a bus to the event and pay the $30 admission for.

Pawlenty will average three events a day in the next week, reports the Wall Street Journal, as he rides past millions of acres of corn to cover the state.

Says the story:

While the Pawlenty campaign has tried to tamp down expectations on how it will fare in Ames, the last-minute push is yet another indicator of how much Mr. Pawlenty has staked on the straw poll, a major fund-raiser for the state GOP. His campaign estimates it will have spent $1 million in Iowa by Aug. 13. But the question will be whether Mr. Pawlenty can win over supporters of Rep. Michele Bachmann (R., Minn.), who has caught on with the state’s social conservatives.

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by James Stout on 08/04/2011 - 11:08 am.

    In watching Mr Pawlenty’s Iowa campaign from the next state over, it seems to this observer never to have gained traction, neither with the Right-eous Right nor with thinking Republicans.
    Ms Bachmann, Mr Perry, Mr Santorum, et al., all seem cut from the same cloth, e.g., hyper-religious, homophobic, anti-women’s reproductive rights, and generally intolerant of any attitude or people different from them.
    Mr Huntsman, in the limited coverage I have seen of him, seems intelligent, thoughtful and prepared. He also seems too low-key to attract much attention.
    The GOP does need to field a credible candidate, one who is not beholden to either the Tea Party or to pre-election pledges.
    So, where is she/he?

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