It’s the Hawkeye State for Mitt today!
Today, Governor Romney began his full schedule in Iowa by kicking things off with a town hall meeting at Morningside College in Sioux City. He spoke to approximately 200 people, including the 50 or so lined the walls of the Olsen Student Center after the chairs filled up:
And at a town hall meeting on the campus of Morningside College in Sioux City, the former Massachusetts governor was pressed on his commitment to the leadoff caucus state.
A questioner said he was disappointed with the “vitriol” and “hyperbole” from the other GOP candidates and pointedly asked Romney: “Are you here in Iowa today, and is your campaign here in Iowa today to finally give the people of Iowa an alternative to that?”
“Yes,” Romney responded.
“I want to get the support of Iowans,” he added. “I am in Iowa, this not my first trip to Iowa as you know. And I will be here again and again.”
Romney is at or near the top of polls in Iowa despite only making two trips to the state this year. That’s a departure from his 2008 campaign, when he staked his candidacy on a win here.
“I would love to win in Iowa, any of us would,” Romney said. “So I will campaign here. I intend to campaign in all the early states at least, maybe all the states at some point.”
Romney is also hosting a lunchtime roundtable meeting at Treynor State Bank in Treynor and later this afternoon, The Gov will hold a meet-and-greet at the Council Bluffs Chamber of Commerce in Council Bluffs.
Iowa! Good to hear The Gov is there… and then he’s on to the Cornhusker State.
He will attend another fundraiser this evening from 5:00-7:00 at the Embassy Suites Downtown in Omaha, Nebraska. It will be hosted by Governor Dave Heineman, Bruce Lauritzen and Hal Daub. Gov Heineman, recently selected to be Chairman of the National Governors Association, endorsed Romney back in June:
“I believe he [Romney] was a good governor, a good Republican governor in a very Democrat state, which is very different than being a Republican governor in a Republican state or a Democrat governor in a Democrat state.”
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► Jayde Wyatt
UPDATE: Once the ethanol subsidy expires in December, Mitt Romney won’t support renewing it.