In the 1995 Ames
Alan Keyes finished fifth in the ten-person field with 804 votes
(7.3%); in the Feb. 1996 caucuses he came in sixth with 7,179 votes
The grassroots network Keyes built up in the 1996 campaign has
and grown, and he has the experience of that campaign to build
Keyes seems to have the most committed supporters and the greatest
to fire up a crowd.
to voters is
tempered by concerns about electability. Further, this time
he faces more competition for the support of social conservatives--from
Gary Bauer, Pat Buchanan, Dan Quayle and Steve Forbes. Though
and the moral crisis in America are central issues for Keyes, to the
that some perceive him as a one issue candidate, he also argues
for greater self government, exemplified by his call for repeal of the
16th Amendment and its replacement by a sales tax.
7, 1999) Keyes spoke
to a crowd at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs.
was somewhat disappointing to his supporters. However, the Keyes
campaign did not buy tickets for its supporters like other campaigns,
did it provide transportation and free goodies like tee-shirts and
On that basis, the seventh place showing may underrepresent the
level of Keyes' support. Keyes did obtain more votes than he had
in the 1995 straw poll and he finished ahead of former Vice President
A Memo From
Chairman Iowa Keyes 2000
Gov. Bush 1
COUNTY STRAW POLL
VICTORIES POINT TO A STRONG CAUCUS SHOWING NEXT JANUARY. THAT'S
THESE STRONG COUNTY SHOWINGS GIVE EVIDENCE OF OUR GRASSROOTS
June 12, the Marshall
County (Republican) Pachyderm Club conducted a county wide GOP straw
The result was a victory for Alan Keyes who captured 30% of the ballots
cast. Governor George W. Bush came in fourth place with 12%.
How was this
event different from the August 14th state-wide GOP Straw Poll? Here's
the differences. Local grass roots vs. Out-Of-State Political
To win the August 14 GOP state straw poll, the other campaigns gave
free tickets, free bus rides and free meals. That state-wide August
event was just that, an event run by professionals with lots and lots
money. While on the other hand the Marshall County straw poll was run
by the local Co-Chairs Jim Downs and Dan Schmidt. There were no free
bus rides, barbeques or big entertainment. There was just
19th, in Polk, Iowa's largest county, Alan Keyes again took first place
with 34% of the votes to George Bush's 18%. Again, the Polk County
was won by grassroots effort. No tickets were given by the Keyes
in either county event! No free bus rides and no big time political
from out of state. Just plain old wonderful grassroots ordinary Iowans
who believe strongly in the Alan Keyes message.
DID NOT GIVE FREE TICKETS OR BUS RIDES AT THE IOWA GOP STRAW POLL!
reported that all
of the campaigns donated tickets and bus rides at the state straw poll
to their supporters. This is not true. Just as in the County-wide straw
polls, the Keyes organization gave no free tickets nor bus rides at the
GOP State Straw Poll in Ames August 14th. (There were some supporters
did buy individual tickets and donated them to other supporters who
to vote but lacked the $25.00)
DIVISION WINNER IN
NO-FREE TICKET CATEGORY. KEYES 2000!
In fact, it
is too bad the
State GOP did not have a special division in the Iowa Straw Poll
for those organizations which did not pay for tickets or bus rides
as the only organization which qualified, we would have won big
MAXIMIZE THE IMPORTANCE
OF A STATE EVENT BUT REAL CONSERVATIVES MAXIMIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF
Some of the
other GOP campaigns
and the media minimized the importance of the Polk and Marshall
straw polls that we won. I don't know about you, but I on the other
minimize the importance of the GOP state straw poll in comparison to
GOP county straw polls.
because I am
a conservative. And as a conservative I favor local control and
over distant and less accessible state and federal. I, for instance, am
for local control of education, not Federal.
So with that
in mind, why
would one big money driven state sponsored straw poll be more
to me than two local grassroots driven county straw polls?
We can be
very thankful that
we have an organization that does not buy votes. And we can be thankful
we have such strong grassroots at the county level. Because it's grass
roots strength that will pay off at the Iowa caucuses next
No buses for
no barbeques for ballots. Just as in the Polk County and Marshall
straw polls, it will be the grassroots of the local Keyes people in
county which will shine.
Let us go
forward with confidence
in the grassroots because it is ourselves. And let us go forward in
Grace and Mercy.
MILLION MORE LIVES
HANGING IN THE BALANCE THE QUESTION IS "SHOULD THE LIBERAL LOSE THE
If we could
ask the 35 million
aborted unborn the question, "Should the liberal lose the debate?" And
if they could answer they would say, "Yes!" And if we were to ask the
school graduate who cannot read his diploma, "Should the liberal lose
debate?" He would say, "Yes!" And if we were to ask the generals and
of our depleted and weakened military, "Should the liberal lose the
They would say "Yes!"
"Who would be most capable of winning the debate if he were elected
Who, with his communicative ability could save a future 35 million,
win the education debate, the defense debate? What presidential
is more qualified to win this debate than Alan Keyes?
candidate if you can.
This is why
our message is,
"President Alan Keyes--Finally! The liberals lose the debate!"