We caught Mike Huckabee’s band Capitol Offense – they are really good. I was impressed. We enjoyed Kinfolks BBQ at the Huckabee tent and then got some homemade ice cream at Duncan Hunter’s area. We both got to meet Duncan Hunter and his wife. We then decided to go vote before the speeches began – we are both Huckabee supporters. We then walked around checking out the other candidate tent areas – I saw Newt Gingrich walking down the sidewalk the opposite direction. We were still hungry so tried to get some Famous Dave’s at Brownback’s tent. You needed ticket, darn! We then checked out Mitt Romney’s tent – they got the coup of caterers with Hickory Park. The line was too long and we suspected you needed a ticket there as well – too bad. If you ever get up to Ames, IA going to Hickory Park is a must. I give the Romney campaign kudos for getting them to cater.
The speeches were interesting. I didn’t feel Romney really said anything of substance, but it was clear that he had the majority there. John Cox spoke – I didn’t even know he was running – who is he? I felt bad that he hardly had anybody at his tent. Tom Tancredo had some good things to say, but you can tell he was very nervous. He had a good crowd, and you could tell his message was resonating with some. I like that he is strong on illegal immigration, but it almost comes across as anti-immigrant. I don’t think that is the case, but that is how it will be spun. Duncan Hunter spoke and he you can tell he has a lot of great experience on defense and national security. He should be on a short list for Secretary of Defense in a Republican administration. Ron Paul’s speech surprised me. He didn’t really bring up his position of wanting to pull out of Iraq immediately. Most of it I could agree with, but not bringing up that position was a little disingenuous. Tommy Thompson also seemed like he had a good crowd. He brings a lot of good experience as well. His background of welfare reform is very impressive. He wants to find a cure for breast cancer by 2015 (I may not have the exact year right).
Governor Huckabee I feel gave the best speech. He was the only one who received a universal standing ovation (not just his supporters). He also had a lot of support too. Sam Brownback had a good showing today as well, and probably gave one of the better speeches I have heard from him. All in all it was a good day. Eric and I also have a chance to talk with Kim Lehman of the Iowa Right to Life Committee. If you live in Iowa, be sure to support their upcoming book sale, and support their petition to keep the pro-life plank on the GOP platform.
Well got home, and got the results later. Here are the unofficial results out of 14,203 ballots cast.
- Governor Mitt Romney – 4516 votes – 31%
- Governor Mike Huckabee – 2587 – 18.1%
- Senator Sam Brownback – 2192 – 15.3
- Representative Tom Tancredo – 1961 – 13.7%
- Representative Ron Paul – 1305 – 9.1%
- Governor Tommy Thompson – 1009 – 7.3%
- Senator Fred Thompson – 231
- Mayor Rudy Giuliani – 183
- Representative Duncan Hunter – 174
- Senator John McCain – 101
- Mr. John Cox – 41
Anyway, it was a fun day. I should have pictures up in a day or two.
Update: Check out Eric’s post on the Straw Poll results.
Update – 8/19: I finally have the pictures from the straw poll up here.
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