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Posted September 21, 2011
Speculation grows on Romney stepping up activity in Iowa

Republican presidential candidate former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney signs an autograph on a paperback book of his new jobs and plan for the economy after a town hall meeting Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011, in Sun Lakes, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)


Speculation is increasing that 2012 Republican hoped Mitt Romney may mount an Iowa campaign after all.

Romney, who made an all-out effort to win the first-in-the-nation precinct caucuses in 2008 only to finish as the runner-up to former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, has large taken a pass on Iowa this time around.

A Washington Post story suggested a reversal of that strategy as Romney attempts to blunt the momentum Texas Gov. Rick Perry has made in three visits to Iowa. That’s one more visit than Romney has made.

According to the Post, the Romney campaign is scheduling several swings this fall and attempting to revive his volunteer corps from 2008.

However, Romney’s national camapign advisers say there is no change in his plans.

“Mitt Romney will campaign in Iowa enough to show that he is a conservative businessman who can defeat President Obama, put people back to work, and turn around the economy,” Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul told Peter Hamby of CNN.

“Enough” includes a visit to Iowa by the former Massachusetts governor Nov. 19 for the Republican Party of Iowa’s Nov. 19 Reagan Dinner in Des Moines.

A top Romney adviser in Iowa recently told IowaCaucus.com “absolutely (Romney’s) schedule will include more Iowa visits.”

The campaign has focused its time and energy on a busy debate schedule, the adviser said on background. However, the campaign is working on scheduling activities for October as well as bringing out members of the Romney family, “although there is nothing specific to report at this time.”


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