Romney to skip Iowa GOP, Florida straw polls
6/9/2011 7:58:54 PM - AP News
Republican presidential hopeful, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney meets with entrepreneurs at Bizdom U in Detroit, Thursday, June 9, 2011. Bizdom U is a business development center to help entrepreneurs start up businesses in the state. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) The Associated Press FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2008 file photo, Republican presidential hopeful former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks to supporters after winning the Michigan primary in Southfield, Mich. Romney makes his first campaign swing through Michigan this week since officially kicking off his 2012 campaign six days ago. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File) The Associated Press FILE - In this May 12, 2011 file photo, Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney greets guests after laying out his plan for health care reform during an address at the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. Romney makes his first campaign swing through Michigan this week since officially kicking off his 2012 campaign six days ago. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File) The Associated PressDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Aides to GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney say he won't compete in the Iowa Republican Straw Poll in August, an event he spent more than $1 million to win four years ago.Gearing up for the straw poll would divert time and money from a 2012 Romney campaign aimed at presenting the former Massachusetts governor as a national candidate who does not need the lift the event in the leadoff caucus state can provide little-known candidates.Romney is also not participating in the Florida straw poll set for September, or any other of the non-binding contests in early voting states.Romney says he plans to campaign in Iowa and will participate in the debate in Iowa sponsored by Fox News two days before the Aug. 13 straw poll in Ames.