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King critical of GOP candidates who 'ran' from Iowa Straw Poll

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Calling the recent Iowa Straw Poll "a remarkable achievement," western Iowa Congressman Steve King says he was honored to participate, but that he isn't offering his endorsement to any of the Republicans yet, and that those candidates who chose not to participate have made a mistake.

"Only in Iowa will you see a Republican gathering of this magnitude and importance," he remarked. "The Republican Party of Iowa brings together our activists with the candidates who seek to serve them as president in a format no other state can hope to duplicate."

Congressman King participated in the Straw Poll throughout the day, speaking at the FairTax rally as well as on the stage in Hilton Coliseum promoting the FairTax concept, and speaking before the results of the Straw Poll were announced.

The Congressman has not endorsed any of the Republican presidential candidates. Like other Iowans, he said he is taking advantage of the opportunity to "measure the character" of those who seek to be our nation's commander-in-chief.

"I was honored to be involved in the Iowa Straw Poll where I cast my vote and rolled my thumb in purple ink," Congressman King stated. "I believe the voting process used during the Straw Poll was fair, honest, and eliminated the possibility of fraud due to duplicate voting and participation by non-Iowans. This year more than ever before we can be sure the results of the Iowa Straw Poll did indeed reflect Iowans' opinions."

King believes the Straw Poll plays a key role in the process leading up to the Iowa caucus, despite the fact that the caucus date is still up in the air.

While a few notable candidates - and undeclared candidates - chose not to participate in the Iowa Straw Poll, King believes their decision was a mistake. "To run from the people of Iowa and the Straw Poll gives me concern over their suitability to serve in the highest office in the land," he commented.

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