FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 13, 2007
Contact: John Rankin
Brownback Exceeds Expectations at Ames
Top three finish provides boost and establishes viability
DES MOINES – The Brownback for President campaign today highlighted its success at the Ames Straw Poll and released the following statement from national campaign manager Rob Wasinger:
"The Brownback Campaign achieved its goal to place in the top three at the Ames Straw Poll. Many pundits and commentators said Senator Brownback didn't have a chance to come in the top three in Ames. Last week, a poll of Iowa GOP County Chairs predicted Senator Brownback would finish fifth at Ames.
"Facing a divided field with many Republican candidates, getting outspent by 10 to 1, and running on a shoestring budget without one radio or TV advertisement, the Brownback campaign established Senator Brownback as a viable candidate in the race ahead.
"The Brownback Campaign has the resources to continue, carries zero debt, and Senator Brownback is in the race for the long haul. We have staff in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina and a national plan for victory.
"The Ames Straw Poll confirmed what we already knew about the state of the Republican race in Iowa and showed Brownback exceeding expectations. An ABC News-Washington Post poll released a week before the Ames Straw Poll showed that, among candidates participating in Ames, Romney lead the field, followed by Huckabee and then Brownback.
"Brownback's 15 percent showing in Ames far exceeded his 5 percent showing in the ABC News-Washington Post poll.
"Historically, the eventual nominee comes from the top three finishers in Ames. History also shows that the nominee and Straw Poll winner are not necessarily one and the same.
"Senator Brownback placed in the top three in the two most important
straw polls in 2007, at Ames last weekend and at the CPAC convention in
March in Washington, DC. Only Brownback and Mitt Romney placed in the top
three at both Ames and CPAC.
"No other candidate has Senator Brownback's message of protecting life, marriage and the family, his strong foreign policy and human rights credentials, his record opposing taxes, and his policies for a three-state political solution for Iraq, an optional flat tax and personal Social Security accounts.
"Simply put, Senator Brownback is the best candidate to lead fiscal and social conservatives to victory in 2008."