August 13, 2011
CONTACT: Alex Conant
August 13, 2011
For Immediate Release
Showmanship in Ames
Ames, IA - Former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) far exceeded expectations in Ames and finished 4th in the Ames Straw Poll.
Today's results were simply vindication for Senator Santorum's belief that a clear, consistent and proven conservative record resonates with Americans. Outspent in Iowa by more than six to one in comparison to his nearest competitors, Senator Santorum showed that leadership trumps showmanship and that the American people deserve more than just television commercials, news conferences and empty promises.
Voters expect to meet the candidates, kick the tires, and then determine who is best suited to take on President Obama. Rick Santorum visited 68 of Iowa's 99 counties, holding 111 town hall meetings and rallies in libraries, coffee shops, and even living rooms. Unlike President Obama who wants the American people to believe in government, Rick Santorum believes in the American people, which is exactly why he took his message straight to the people and they overwhelmingly responded.
"I am incredibly grateful for the overwhelming support our campaign received today," said Senator Santorum. "The press and pundits had written us off and chose to ignore our message. But voters rallied around our message, that America will be great again if we elect a President who has the record of results through proven leadership. Today, the people of Iowa sent shock waves through the political establishment and our success though does not end here in Ames today, but moves forward to the Caucuses and beyond
We are very pleased with the outcome of the Ames Straw Poll yesterday. Our campaign spent significantly less than those who spent millions, and we still finished in the top half of the field. While some spent weeks on television and radio using paid media, we spent exactly $0 on either and still performed quite well.
We are encouraged by the outpouring of support during our bus tour throughout the state of Iowa. We drove more than 1,800 miles in less than a week and at each stop, the crowds grew bigger and bigger.
I would like to congratulate Congresswoman Bachmann for her impressive victory in the straw poll. Her message is an important message for the conservative movement, and I am honored to be competing with her for the Republican nomination.
I also wish Governor Pawlenty the very best. He was a formidable competitor and truly a fine man. I enjoyed getting to know him and will forever consider him a friend.
I appreciate the hospitality from the great folks in Iowa who I enjoyed visiting for the 27th time since the beginning of this year. This is just the beginning of our efforts in Iowa, and I look forward to spending more time here in the months leading up to the caucus.
This election is about 'we the people,' not 'we the political class.' As such, I will continue to champion the people's interests.
Des Moines – In response to the Ames Straw Poll results, Iowa Democratic Party Chairwoman Sue Dvorsky released the following statement:
“The real winners in the Ames Straw Poll today were the right wing, Tea Party Republicans that are pulling the Republican Party to the extreme right.
“None of these candidates are proposing new ideas to grow jobs or strengthen the middle class, but are instead doubling down on the failed economic policies that America has already rejected as they attempt to race to the right.
“Every one of
these candidates has embraced the Ryan plan and Cut, Cap and Balance
which would protect tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires while
balancing the budget on the backs of seniors and the middle class.”
The Susan B. Anthony, in conjunction with the National Organization for Marriage and the Family Research Council on August 9, launched the Values Voter Bus Tour in Iowa, which traveled to 22 cities in 4 days, covering more than 1,300 miles promoting the importance of social issues in the 2012 Presidential Election. SBA List also launched a three-day radio ad campaign in the state encouraging Iowa Straw Poll voters to cast their ballot for one of the six Republican Presidential candidates who signed its Pro-Life Presidential Leadership Pledge.