BLOG POSTING from The Iowa Republican
August 13, 2011
by Craig Robinson
Join TIR and Google at The Iowa Straw Poll

I hope that you will make stopping by Soapbox part of your day at the Iowa Straw Poll in Ames today.

The Soapbox is a partnership between and Google. The Soapbox stage will feature elected officials and presidential candidates, but it’s also open to you. Video interviews collected from the Soapbox will live on and on our YouTube Brand Channel at

It is our goal to help amplify the voices of Iowans like never before, but we also want to make sure we have fun while doing it.  Our tent will feature free Coke products, koozies, and other give-aways.  You can hang out and watch our big screen TVs so that you can stay up to date on what’s going on inside Hilton Coliseum and across the country.

Here is out lineup for today:

10:00 am – Congressman Steve King
10:15 am – Speaker Newt Gingrich (Presidential Candidate)
10:30 am – Governor Terry Branstad
11:00 am – Senator Chuck Grassley
11:30 am – Congressman Tom Latham
12:00 pm – Kayne Robinson*
12:30 pm – Betsy McCaughey***
1:00 pm – Congressman Thaddeus McCotter (Presidential Candidate)
1:30 pm – Tony Katz**
2:00 pm – Senator Rick Santorum (Presidential Candidate)
2:30 pm – Americans for Rick Perry

Note: Herman Cain, Governor Tim Pawlenty, Congressman Ron Paul, and Congresswoman Michele Bachmann have also been invited.

* Kayne Robinson is the former Chairman of the Republican of the Republican Party of Iowa, and 2nd Amendment Activist.

** Tony Katz is a syndicated radio show host on the All Patriots Media Network. Tony is also the host of The Conversation with Tony Katz on PJTV.

***Betsy McCaughey is a constitutional scholar with a Ph.D. from Columbia University, a patient advocate and former Lt. Governor of New York state.

You can also register to win some impressive prizes if you join our email list.

Here are some of the prizes you could win:

A Samsung Galaxy 10.1 Android Tablet

Samsung Series 5 Chromebook

Google Gift Pack – Mousepad, Pens, Shirts, and More.

Winners must be present in the tent to win.  Drawings for the tablets, and Chromebook will occur at 11 am, 1 pm, and 4 pm.

We are going to have a lot of fun.  I hope you will make stopping by part of your day on Saturday in Ames.  If you can’t make it to Ames, then stop by online and follow our coverage and participate in the comment section.

Tent Location:  The Google/TIR Tent is located on the north side of the Scheman Building.  We are located just to the east of the main doors on the north side of the building across from the Bachmann tent.