Friday, August 5, 2011

Pawlenty promises strong performance in straw poll

On Fox News last night, Tim Pawlenty set expectations for next week's straw poll in Ames, Iowa.

"I think it's the kickoff to the formal campaign season. There's a lot of preseason warmups, but this is going to be the start of the formal season, and I think we're going to do very well. I'm confident of that.

.... We're going to continue to get good momentum, and I think you're going to see the first step of that in the straw poll next week."

Winning or coming in a strong second in the August 13 contest is vital for the Pawlenty campaign, as he tries to reassure donors that he's a serious candidate.