RELEASE from Huckabee for President Exploratory Committee, Inc.
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Saturday, August 11, 2007
MIKE HUCKABEE CLAIMS VICTORY AT IOWA
AMES, Iowa – Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee claimed a “historic
victory” at Saturday's Republican Party of Iowa Straw Poll, saying he has
substantial momentum heading into the next phase of the campaign.
Despite a clear financial disadvantage, Huckabee said he came in second
place on account of several factors, including his experience as an executive
leader, the strength of his message and his vision for the future.
"This caps off a great week here in Iowa . My goal in Iowa was
to introduce myself to voters in the Hawkeye State and create enough momentum
to send our campaign to New Hampshire and South Carolina . We’ve
met, and exceeded, that goal with limited resources both in terms of money
and staff," Huckabee said.
"Tonight’s results prove that our message of results-driven optimism
resonates with real people; that our organization can put together a successful
effort; and that Iowa is winnable for us. We over-performed by having
more votes and tickets purchased and having no paid media, unlike other
Huckabee added his gratitude to the men and women of Iowa for their
participation in the straw poll, while looking forward to a return visit
to the Hawkeye state.
"I have to tip my hat to the dedicated caucus-goers who put up with
this heated frenzy and came out to vote," Huckabee said. "I am deeply grateful
to all the families who invited me into their homes, met me in coffee shops
and diners, shared their stories, and listened to my ideas on improving
"I am looking forward to returning to Iowa to work even harder to lift
our campaign to victory by showing Americans there is a higher ground to
be reached by bringing hope back to America with fairer taxes, a working
health care system, energy self-reliance, and reinvestment in America ’s
future," he added.
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