Tim Pawlenty, former governor of Minnesota, has made one fact clear during his presidential campaign — he is yearning to win the 2011 Iowa Straw Poll.
The governor recently published an entire website for the straw poll, a very specific campaign effort towards being successful in Iowa.
Visitors to the website can find a background of sprawling corn fields, Pawlenty’s campaign ads and information about the candidate. The site also features general information about the poll and an online sign-up form.
“A lot of candidates will come to Iowa and say the same things. The question is, have they done it?" Pawlenty says during one of his newest ads featured on the website. "In a liberal state, I reduced spending in real terms for the first time, took on the government unions and won, appointed a conservative supreme court, and passed health care reform the right way – no mandates, no takeovers. If I can do it in Minnesota, we can do it in Washington."
However, Pawlenty tried to downplay his hopes of winning the poll in a recent conversation with POLITICO's Jonathan Martin.
“You know, we haven't put a number on it, but I think we've got to do reasonably well,” Pawlenty told Martin. “I don't know that we have to win it, but we've got to do reasonably well, one of the top, you know, few finishers.”
An entire website dedicated solely to the poll, though, paints Pawlenty as a candidate that hopes to be more than just “one of the top… few finishers.”