Media coverage of the RPOF’s ‘Presidency 5’ straw poll (8/24)

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There’s apparently some unwritten rule that members of the media are forbidden to talk about Rep. Ron Paul — at least in the eyes of Jon Stewart — but according to our readers, Paul is most likely to win next month’s “Presidency 5” straw poll in Orlando, garnering more than 33 percent of the votes cast.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry came in second place in our highly unscientific poll with nearly 26 percent, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romeny came in third with just over 23 percent, although he’s said he won’t be participating in the event.

Broward Palm Beach New Times – Michele Bachmann Bails on Another Florida Event
Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann has canceled her appearance at the Villages retirement community that was slated for the weekend, according to the Tea Party group that planned to host her.

This is Bachmann’s second skip-out on the state of Florida, since she announced she wouldn’t be taking part in the Republican Party of Florida’s “Presidency 5” straw poll and debate, which will be televised on Fox News — although it’s rumored that she’s “reconsidering” her decision.

Huntsman, who stepped down as Barack Obama’s Ambassador to China just a few months ago, ended the interview by playing down the fact he has yet to break on through in any form with the GOP electorate, at least based on polls. But he said that he’s just getting started, and says he’s putting maximum effort in New Hampshire, the more socially conservative South Carolina primary, and “then we’re going to bring it home in Florida,” which will vote sometime after those states early next year, and is already the focus of attention with the Presidency 5 straw poll taking place in Orlando next month.
What kind of an impact he [Craig Miller] will make likely began Saturday. Miller, along with three other Republican candidates — Mike McAlister, George LeMieux and Adam Hasner — debated in Orlando at a forum sponsored by the Florida Family Policy Council and the West Orlando tea party. They are set to debate again on Sept. 23 at Presidency 5 in Orlando.
“He’s counting on a wave election,” MacManus said. “He’s hoping to find that massive wave … those against anti-incumbents.”
Miller spent about $500,000 of his own money to finance his 2010 run for Congress. He won’t self-finance this latest attempt.
 Bachmann press secretary Alice Stewart told Fox News yesterday that Michele Bachmann would not be participating in Florida’s Presidency 5 straw poll late September because the campaign did not want to devote resources to the effort.

“Florida will be a critical state in this process,” Stewart said. “We just simply are not going to dedicate the resources to participating in that straw poll. By no means is that any indication that we’re not going to move full speed ahead in developing an organization in the Sunshine State.”
There is just one catch: the Presidency 5 straw poll requires no resources to participate. Candidates who participate are asked to give a speech the day the straw poll is held, and that’s the extent of their commitment. There is no fee for a campaign to participate. Straw poll attendees pay their own conference fees.
Town Councilman Bill Diamond is one of three island residents who will represent Palm Beach County and vote in Florida’s Republican presidential straw poll next month.
Palm Beachers Renee Morrison and Cindy Tindell will join Diamond as one of about 125 county delegates to Presidency 5, a three-day convention for Republican activists in Orlando. The event will draw more than 3,000 delegates from around the state. The convention includes a nationally televised Republican presidential candidates’ debate on Sept. 22 and the straw poll on Sept. 24.
“It’s what we call grassroots politics,” Diamond said. “These are the rank-and-file people … the guts of politics for either party. You hear from the candidates, get your team together and come away with enthusiasm so that everyone goes out and knocks on doors and makes hundreds of telephone calls. You have to be dedicated and inspired because no one gets paid. It’s all volunteer.
“Never underestimate your personal influence on a potential vote,” Diamond said. “People tend to vote, not necessarily for the candidate, but for the person who asked them to vote for the candidate. I learned that the old way from (former New York City Mayor) John Lindsay’s campaign.”
St. Petersburg Times – Rick Perry coming to CPAC-Fla
Somehow I thought Rick Perry had already accepted the invitation to attend the American Conservative Union’s CPAC FL conference Sept. 23, but the ACU announced it today.
From the release: Located at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, confirmed speakers also include Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R – MN), businessman Herman Cain, ACU Chairman Cardenas, bestselling author Ann Coulter, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, founder of The Weekly Standard Bill Kristol, Congressman Thaddeus McCotter (R – MI), Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, Faith & Freedom Coalition Chairman Ralph Reed, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio and former Senators Rick Santorum and Jim Talent. Invited speakers include many more conservative heroes.
Huntsman, a former Utah governor and most recently President Obama’s ambassador to China, has headquartered his campaign in Florida. He is only one of three GOP contenders who has committed to participating in the Republican Party’s Presidency 5 straw poll next month. The other two are Ron Paul and Herman Cain.

Lke Bush, Huntsman is promoting a brand of conservatism that sounds more moderate and measured than most of his GOP rivals.

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is bowing out of one Central Florida event this Saturday, but will be at another.

Quoting a tea party source, Broward New Times reported that the Minnesota congresswoman canceled her planned appearance at The Villages retirement community.

But Sunshine State News confirmed that Bachmann will appear as scheduled at the Florida Family Policy Council awards dinner at Orlando’s Rosen Shingle Creek Resort.

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