Bachmann, Romney and Ron Paul Leading in Iowa

All eyes on Hawkeye State with crucial straw poll on Saturday
By: Kevin Derby | Posted: August 8, 2011 10:28 AM
Michele Bachmann and Mitt Romney

Michele Bachmann and Mitt Romney

With all eyes on Saturday's presidential straw poll in Ames, a poll from Rasmussen Reports unveiled Monday morning reveals that five of the Republican presidential hopefuls are pulling in double digits.

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota leads the pack with 22 percent, while former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts, who is not putting much emphasis on the Ames event, is right behind her with 21 percent. The poll finds that U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas is making inroads in the Hawkeye State, taking third with 16 percent. Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, who has yet to announce that he is running, takes 12 percent and former Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, who has been struggling in the polls, is in fifth with 11 percent.

The rest of the pack trails in single digits. Former U.S. Newt Gingrich comes in sixth with 5 percent, while businessman Herman Cain, a favorite of the tea party movement, pulls in 4 percent. Former Gov. Jon Huntsman of Utah, who has not focused on Iowa, is at 2 percent.

Besides taking third place, the poll had other good news for Paul. Only 28 percent of those surveyed were certain of who they would vote for when the caucus rolls around in February -- and Paul led those voters with 27 percent.

The poll found that likely caucus voters generally had favorable impressions of the candidates. Bachmann, who was born in the state and has been playing up her Iowa roots, was seen by 70 percent of those surveyed as favorable -- with 37 percent of those surveyed seeing her as very favorable, while none of the other candidates could get 20 percent to see them in such a positive light. Iowa Republicans also held high opinions of Romney, who was seen as favorable by 62 percent, and Pawlenty who was right behind with 61 percent seeing the former Minnesota governor as favorable. Fifty-eight percent had a favorable impression of Paul while 50 percent thought of Perry in a favorable light.

The other candidates did not fare as well. Cain was seen favorably by 49 percent while 36 percent viewed him unfavorably. Huntsman was upside down with 26 percent seeing him as favorable and 49 percent seeing him unfavorably. Gingrich did the worst with 33 percent seeing him in a favorable light while 62 percent saw him unfavorably.

The poll of 627 likely Republican caucus voters was taken on Aug. 4 and had a margin of error of +/- 4 percent.

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Comments (18)

5:47PM AUG 10TH 2011
Currently these are the 12 contenders for the presidential candidacy, regarding one of the highest issues that will hit the campaign trail for 2012. Chris Christie present Governor of New Jersey has not decided on this path yet. The majority of competitors will debating about jobs, the economy, foreign policy and many other issues in Ames, Iowa straw poll. There is dilemma that we cannot escape from, as it causing a major displacement of working Americans. According to a report there are an estimated 8 million illegal workers in mostly low income jobs throughout the United States, yet 14 million Americans have little chance of finding work in this dark recession. Even so with these figures in mind, the left still wants to enact an amnesty that could cost according to the Heritage Foundation 2.6 Trillion dollars. We hear almost every day from the Liberal academia, which by passing an amnesty, including a covert amnesty called the Dream Act that the economy will grow.

How can this be, when analysts within (FAIR) Federation of American Immigration Reform that federal costs are designated at $113 Billion dollars a year and this is exempt from what states are also paying out. The Sanctuary State of California and its Liberal legislators have transformed the State in a haven for illegal alien families and carry’s a hefty price tag of $21 Billion. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has the best grade for her stand on the illegal immigration major problem and should cite illegal Immigration as a one of the causes of Unemployment. VDARE.com’s Ed Rubenstein has been monitoring immigrant displacement of American workers since 2001. Here I want to show more evidence that immigration is linked to high unemployment .http://www.vdare.com/rubenstein/041116_nd.htm

This is a appraisal of competing lawmakers on their stance about illegal immigration from NumbersUSA.

Michele Bachmann, U.S. Representative from Minnesota (B- ); Tim Pawlenty, former Governor of Minnesota (C+) ; Herman Cain, former Federal Reserve banker and businessman from Georgia (C-) ;Mitt Romney, former Governor of Massachusetts (D) ; Sarah Palin former Governor of Alaska ( D) ; Rick Perry Governor of Texas (D-) ; Jon Huntsman, Jr., former U.S. Ambassador to China and former Governor of Utah (D-) ;Newt Gingrich, former U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives from Georgia ( D-) Rick Santorum, former Senator from Pennsylvania ( F ) ; Gary Johnson, former Governor of New Mexico (F ) ;Ron Paul, U.S. Representative from Texas ( F) ; Chris Christie Governor of New Jersey. (F) ; Barack OBama, Present President from Illinois ( F-)

Here is an example of expenditures in the small state of Rhode Island that has a limited state budget but still burdened with illegal aliens. Because of the 14th Amendment, children born in the United States get instant citizenship. This is something that has become comparable to the free education and free uninsured health care that taxpayers are the recipients taxed.

This is truly stomach churning when citizens and legal citizens have no jobs, but have a family to feed. This is encouragement on a grand scale, which epitomizes the major problem inherited from previous administrations and leftist activists in the court system? Each year it’s so estimated that 300.000 pregnant women slip past the border patrol, with another 40 percent entering America with tourists and students.

The fact is that it’s perfectly legal for a destitute, pregnant illegal alien, who presents herself as such, to receive state aid in Rhode Island. As Rep. Peter G. Palumbo (D-RI) reported, if pregnant illegal aliens show up at a Human Services office in Rhode Island, they are given the option of Blue Cross, United Healthcare, or Neighborhood Health insurance. They also receive a $450 a month debit card, and $275 a month in food stamps. According to Palumbo, the extension of such entitlement programs to illegal aliens is costing the state approximately $150-$350 million a year.

Think of the cost nationwide, specifically in Liberal controlled capitols such as Sacramento, California where the cost monthly is beyond understanding. Return to a Democrat House and senate, with Liberal entices, would bring us even more entitlements forced from Americans in taxes, to pay for the invading aliens. Rep. Michele Bachmann will end these travesties to our laws, halt small clandestine amnesties, Dream Acts, sanctuary cities and States and return this nations sovereign government to the people. Learn more to make your vote count in the Ames Straw poll and forward to the 2012 election. Many voters think there one vote doesn’t count, but your State and federal Representative wants that vote. Call them and tell them you want an end to the illegal immigration occupation. Investigate for yourself the costs and statistics unresolved problem at NumbersUSA, American Patrol, Judicial Watch and VDare.

The TEA PARTY has become an immense grassroots movement of tens of millions of one- mind Americans from all racial and religious backgrounds, political parties, no matter what the adverse pundits say? The TEA PARTY members share the focused philosophy of limited government, individual freedoms, personal responsibility, "fair" free markets and above all else returning power to the States and the people. The TEA PARTY is about reforming all political parties and control, so the key principles of our Constitution, once again is the foundation of which this nation stands.

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12:04AM AUG 11TH 2011
Illegal immigration is only one of many "not extremely important" issues. With the country's economy in a tailspin, the increasing federal (and state) government power over the citizens' every day life, and our dollar about to collapse, illegal immigration should be on the back burner - not front and center.

If we were in our usual dumbstruck mode, perhaps it may make a difference, along with climate change regulations, closing down natural resource mining and drilling, worrying about what gays are doing, worrying about what the holier-than-thou are going to impose next, etc. Anyone who puts this nonsensical issues on the top of the list is oblivious to the state of our nation.

Mexico has a much lower unemployment rate than the US, so many are packing up and going back home. The Mexican peso had been holding its own while our dollar's purchasing value is continuing on the decline. Try to keep up with the news.
Doug Stabala
5:02PM AUG 10TH 2011
I looked up Ron Paul on YouTube, since i had never heard of him. OMG why is he not president already? He is amazing!!!!!!!!!
5:31PM AUG 12TH 2011
The Media (corporations) can't stand Ron Paul. He's honest, straight forward, and can't be bought. Ron Paul 2012!!!
7:28PM AUG 9TH 2011
If you want more WAR vote for Bachmann and Romney...if you want to bring the troops home....VOTE FOR RON PAUL....liberty and Freedom...Ron Paul 2012.
2:29PM AUG 8TH 2011
Ron Paul is the only option if you don't want the US economy to completely collapse. You may think I'm being hyperbolic but unfortunately I'm not. Reject Ron Paul and you will be rejecting any hopes for a prosperous future.
2:32AM AUG 9TH 2011
No doubt!

I encourage everyone in Iowa to research and vote for Ron Paul.
Carrie K
2:07PM AUG 8TH 2011
Ron Paul spends time in Iowa and voila! He goes up in the polls. Why? Well, because when people have the oppprtunity to listen to what the man has to say without the influence of the MSM (presstitutes) they LOVE it. They don't think he's "crazy", "kooky" or "fringe" because they find themselves in agreement with him. Americans, whether the media whores like it or not, are capable of critical thinking, thank you very much. And most of us still love our country, our Constitution, liberty and the rule of law. Ron Paul 2012!
2:02PM AUG 8TH 2011
“If elected President, I pledge to veto any unbalanced budget and to balance the Federal budget in the first year of my term. I will fight to reduce taxes and remove unconstitutional regulations so that businesses can hire, Americans can get back to work, and our economy can truly recover.” –Ron Paul

The quickest way to get the Government back in line with the Constitution and the freedoms and rights it documents is by electing Ron Paul president!

RON is REAL! You can count on him to tell the truth, abide by the Constitution and do what he says he will do.

This is what WE THE PEOPLE are looking for! He has held the same positions for over 30 years, so we know we can count on him to continue. The good news is, NOW MORE PEOPLE ARE LISTENING and WE THE PEOPLE are noticing just how right Ron Paul is, despite the corporate owned lamestream media doing everything they can to quiet his Constitutional voice! Check out this clip about Ron Paul’s 2008 presidential campaign, he was right then and he still is! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FG2PUZoukfA

Bachmann voted FOR the unconstitutional misnamed Patriot Act and she just voted to renew it again. She claims to be a Tea Party candidate but her voting record says she is a neocon war monger. You can’t support the Constitution and vote FOR the Patriot Act! She’s right on a few issues that she patterns after Ron Paul’s lead but she’s wrong on too much to make her the right choice.

Romney is just another big government, corporation financed, Constitution ignoring, neocon. His money didn't get him nominated in 08 and it won't in 2012. No Constitution respecting American is going to forget that Obamacare is based on a Romney model or that Romney is anti-gun. Romney’s stances are not based on principles. He’ll say whatever it takes to get your vote, after that, he obeys his corporate masters regardless of the People or the Constitution. Can you support someone who is: pro-choice, pro-life, pro-2nd-amendment, pro-gun-control, both for and against socialized medicine, for and against the bailouts, for and against mandates? -- if you don't like Romney’s position just wait an hour and it will change!

Ron Paul supporters started the Tea Party, the largest and most effective BIPARTISAN grass roots political movement by WE THE PEOPLE in the history of the USA. The core values of the Tea Party are supported by the VAST majority of voters in ALL political parties. They are the same values Ron Paul has promoted for over 30 years… Constitutionally Limited Government, Fiscal Responsibility, Constitutional Rights and Freedoms and Free Markets.

The Tea Party IS the Ron Paul REVOLUTION!

Ron Paul has NEVER voted to raise taxes, NEVER voted for an unbalanced budget, NEVER voted for a federal restriction on gun ownership, NEVER taken a government paid junket, NEVER voted to increase the power of the executive branch. He voted AGAINST the so called Patriot Act. He voted AGAINST regulating the internet. He voted AGAINST the war in Iraq. He does not participate in the lucrative congressional pension program. HE RETURNS A PORTION OF HIS ANNUAL CONGRESSIONAL OFFICE BUDGET TO THE U.S. TREASURY EVERY YEAR. He does NOT support raising our debt and making us and our children slaves to our creditors. He will bring the troops home and end the undeclared and unconstitutional wars we are fighting across the globe. He will end unconstitutional, wasteful and unproductive Federal departments and return Constitutional authority to the States and the People, where it belongs. We don’t have a revenue problem we have a spending problem and a Federal Government that acts far more like a kid with a credit card than responsible representatives of the People and the Constitution.

1:34PM AUG 8TH 2011
I think Americans are waking up and realizing we need a time-tested, true conservative who is gonna take care of our fiscal mess and not just throw around rhetoric. Ron Paul 2012 !!
Darryl Schmitz
2:26PM AUG 8TH 2011
Our problems are a result of leftist and rightist politics being practiced at the federal level, where our founders did not want them practiced. Our problems are not a matter of left versus right, but a matter of authoritarianism versus libertarianism. Although many of Ron Paul's core beliefs are what might be referred to as "conservative", what makes him different from the others is that he correctly understands that the Constitution doesn't give the federal government the authority to do most of the things it has been doing, and his entire career has been genuine allegiance to the Constitution, not the fake bible-thumping constitutionalism that most rightist Republicans have been guilty of lately. It is tragic that he has been ridiculed or ignored by those in his own party in the past, only to see them now ingenuously use his message to further their own selfish authoritarian goals.
Joe M
1:03PM AUG 8TH 2011
It's pretty clear that when Ron Paul has the opportunity to share his message, people like what he has to say. He's been working really really hard in Iowa to get his true message, not the distortions of his political and media opponents, out to the people, and he's gaining ground fast. The revolution continues!
12:54PM AUG 8TH 2011
i just wanna know how Bachmann and Romney are leading? Wow how about actully look at these people. Bachmann voted for the debt ceiling increase witch offers no actull cuts in spending or getting our debt under controll.. what a true tea party move?? She cant even win minnesota. What happend to cut spending? Get our debt under controll? Not with her... And Romney...... Another loser.. Wasnt everyone complaining about obama care?? Well guess who helped write that?? The only canadate ill endorse will be Ron Paul. Hes never voted for tax increases or any other thing that takes away from our freedoms and the constatution. And he also was yelling wolf trying to get our attention as the others put us into this delema we face now. Wake up people fox and msnbc are all crooked news outlets. Get informed and vote with your heart not your brainwashed minds.. If any other person runs agenst obama they will lose as the entitlement people love him (and theres even more of them now than the last election) ron paul even as independet could take obama down.
Greg Fisher
2:07PM AUG 8TH 2011
Ron Paul is definitely the ONLY person for the job, but for the record you confuse Bachmann's voting record--she didn't vote to raise the debt ceiling, she voted to extend the Patriot Act... which is far worse, in my opinion. RON PAUL 2012!
Darryl Schmitz
2:31PM AUG 8TH 2011
You're right Greg. And her vote on the Patriot Act is a symptom of a deeper problem with the Bachmann candidacy. It shows that she is a fundamentally conventional rightist, and any mention she makes about adherence to the Constitution must be understood to be from the perspective of someone who believes in sidestepping the Constitution when "it's necessary" or for "the good of the country".
12:22PM AUG 8TH 2011
Ron Paul 2012! The only candidate with a clear plan.

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Kevin Smith
12:00PM AUG 8TH 2011
I think more Americans are aware of what is taking place and are fed up with Washington as a whole. I think we are seeing people putting aside Republican vs Democrats and voting with who will stand by their word. We have been lied to for to long and are sick where this country is headed. Ron Paul 2012
11:47AM AUG 8TH 2011
Looks like Ron Paul is starting to catch up with the others. His ideas must be gaining popularity in Iowa. I've spent some time learning about Ron Paul and found the following video helpful:


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