Gingrich Giving Up On Iowa?
Just last week, Newt Gingrich’s campaign said that he’d be spending the last week before the Iowa Caucuses on a whirlwind 44-stop bus tour of the Hawkeye State. Today, The Des Moines Register informs us that the tour isn’t quite that big anymore:
Newt Gingrich’s new Iowa tour has officially started but with greatly slimmed expectations.
The “Iowa Jobs and Prosperity Bus Tour” will make 22 stops between now and the Jan. 3 caucuses. That’s exactly half of the 44 he said he would make last week when announcing the tour during a stop in Davenport.
Spokesman R.C. Hammond said last week downsizing was to make sure the former U.S. House Speaker and 2012 presidential candidate can make all of his stops and have time to meet with Iowans rather than to jam an unruly number of stops into a whirlwind tour.
Hammond on Nov. 14th told The Register that Gingrich planned to spend about 30 days in Iowa between then and Jan. 3. He has spent 11 so far. He will spend eight more between today and Jan. 3 for a total of 19.
This strikes me as an odd strategy for a campaign that says it’s in this thing to win it, and a candidate who could find himself in serious trouble if he comes off with an embarrassing showing in Iowa next Tuesday night.