position as president of the American Red Cross on Jan. 4, 1999 and
the formation of an exploratory committee in Des Moines on March 10,
Dole's star had appeared to wane considerably. Her campaign
she was bringing new people into the process. The straw poll would show
whether there was anything to that claim and whether her bid to "make
was making headway.
11, 1999) Elizabeth
Dole did many
events in the Des Moines area in the days preceeding the straw
Here she arrives to speak to employees at Anderson-Erickson
The Washington Post's David Broder heads to the event, as does
director Ari Fleischer.
1999) Dole also stopped
in at campaign headquarters to make some calls.
finishing third. Her campaign was quick to speak of an "Iowa
poll win" based on the fact that Bush and Forbes had far outspent
explained the results thusly:
Mrs. Dole's third place finish. For one thing it shows that she's
got on-ground support and outperformed Lamar Alexander and Pat
who have been proven vote performers in the state. The turnout
phenomenal--it's about one quarter of what the turnout was in '96 for
caucuses--and the fact that was able to get out the vote that she
She didn't have the entertainment; she didn't have the water slides and
the mountains that Forbes did. We were outspent 10 to 1 by Forbes
and Bush each. And so it shows that her message and her persona
what people are attracted to and it gives us a terrific basis to build
upon over the next five months building into the caucuses.
on Results of Iowa Straw Poll
“What a great
Despite being outspent by more than $2 million, we finished close to
place. Together we proved that people, ideas, and principles do matter.
No matter how much money my opponents spent, our showing proves that
you look people in the eye and say what you mean and mean what you say,
and humbled by
tonight’s vote. My message of getting the IRS out our pockets,
order and discipline to our classrooms, keeping drugs away from our
and beefing up our national defenses struck a chord with Iowans.
and we brought a huge number of new people into the process. About 50
of the people who voted for me are new to the process, and it appears
two-thirds of our voters are women. That’s good for me, good for the
and good for the country.
going to become
a two-person race and I’m leaving tomorrow for New Hampshire to keep