Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Straight Talk Express Pulls into Iowa

The Straight Talk Express pulled into Iowa today. John McCain told Iowans point blank that there may be some hard feelings about 2000 but those were somewhat dismissed by the general impression that many who heard his speech had to say. Read about it here and here. An intresting comment that sums up Iowans attitudes in regard to the Presidential Election:

Bill Weeks, a retired businessman in Grinnell, said he was leaning toward supporting McCain but there was still some hostility in the state about his abandonment of Iowa in 2000. "I think there are people who will hold that against him," Weeks said. "But if he would spend some time out here he might surprise some people."

That comment by Bill Weeks, in addition to the focus group polling mentioned earlier, sums up Iowans' attitudes going into 08. This is nothing new and frankly is what we expect of ourselves here in corn country. Straight Talk Iowa Style has said it before and will say it again: No one deserves a pass to become President of the United States and John McCain realizes that:

"We haven't decided whether to compete here, but you could make the argument that it's very different from 2000," McCain said in Grinnell, where he appeared at a fund raiser for a Republican state legislator. "In 2000, I was the outsider and brand new and we could afford to pass up on Iowa," he said. "Certainly conditions are not the same as they were in 2000 politically."

In the next year leading up to the Iowa Straw Poll and the Caucuses Iowans will have an opportunity to look John McCain in the eye and shake his hand and hear what he has to say. We are confident that many, like Bill Weeks, will be focused on the future.

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