Iowa Republicans to partner with FOX News to host August debate in Ames

DES MOINES – Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Matt Strawn today announced the Iowa GOP will host the Iowa Straw Poll on August 13, 2011. The Iowa Straw Poll is the critical first test of grassroots support for Republican presidential candidates in the first-in-the-nation caucus state.

Additionally, the Iowa GOP is expanding the Iowa Straw Poll to include a Republican presidential debate on August 11, 2011. Strawn said the Party is partnering with FOX News to host the debate, which will give presidential candidates an opportunity to directly speak to Iowans, as well as the nation, just days before tens of thousands of Iowans cast their straw poll votes.

The Iowa Straw Poll, including the FOX News Ames Straw Poll debate, will take place at the traditional location on the Iowa State University campus in Ames, Iowa.

“Presidential candidates cannot underestimate the importance of a good showing in Iowa,” Strawn said. “This is the first true test of support in the presidential nominating cycle.  Candidates come face-to-face with tens of thousands of Iowans at the Straw Poll, and will reach every corner of our state and a national audience in our presidential debate. Candidates who perform well here will enjoy a national boost in support.”

FOX News’ Senior Vice President of News Editorial Michael Clemente said, “As the road to the 2012 Presidential election heats up, FOX News will continue its commitment to the most thorough election coverage, by devoting air-time and the necessary resources for these important debates.”

The Party will release more details about the event at a later date.

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