Marriage, Presidential Politics, and the Iowa Straw Poll


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Dear Marriage Supporter,

Join us in Iowa next week for the Values Voters Bus Tour!

Next Saturday, August 13th, Republican presidential candidates face the first critical test of their grassroots support and organizational strength at the Ames, Iowa Straw Poll. The winner of the Straw Poll will emerge with new momentum heading into the primary season as Republican voters choose a candidate to oppose President Barack Obama next November.

Join us starting Monday, August 8th, as we team up with the Family Research Council and the Susan B. Anthony List for the Values Voters Bus Tour across the state of Iowa, beginning in Des Moines and making 22 stops in 4 days en route to the Iowa Straw Poll in Ames on Saturday.

Iowa Values Voter Bus Tour

I will be joined on the bus by Rep. Steve King (R-IA), Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), FRC Action President Tony Perkins, and SBA List "Votes Have Consequences" Project Director Marilyn Musgrave.  We're expecting presidential candidates Rick Santorum and Tim Pawlenty to join us during the week as well.

One of our key emphases over the coming year is to ensure that presidential candidates are clear where they stand on marriage, and that social issues continue to play a key role in the Republican primaries.  Already, we have co-sponsored a presidential lecture series in Iowa, and you’ll want to watch your inbox for another big announcement that we’ll be able to report in just a few days.

Here’s the list of tour stops. If you live in Iowa, I hope you'll be able to come out and join us! And don’t forget to tell family and friends!

  • Tuesday, August 9th
    • 9:45 AM – 10:30 AM: Des Moines
      Iowa State Capitol, West Capitol Terrace, 400 Finkbine Drive
    • 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM: Oskaloosa
      City Square Park, 150 High Avenue East
    • 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM: Washington
      Central Park, 190 North Marion Avenue
    • 3:45 PM – 4:15 PM: Muscatine
      Riverside Park, Harbor Drive
    • 5:15 PM – 5:45 PM: Davenport
      Lafayette Park, 700 West 4th Street
    • 7:00 PM – 7:30 PM: Iowa City
      Culver’s of Coralville, 2591 Heartland Place, Coralville
  • Wednesday, August 10th
    • 8:30 – 9:00 AM: Cedar Rapids
      Cedar Rapids Marriott, 1200 Collins Road NE
    • 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM: Dubuque
      Washington Park, 351 W 6th Street
    • 12:45 PM – 1:15 PM: Waterloo
      Lincoln Park, 451 E 4th Street
    • 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM: Mason City
      Central Park, 75 1st Street NW
    • 5:45 PM – 6:15 PM: Dickinson County
  • Thursday, August 11th
    • 8:30 – 9:00 AM: Sioux City
      Holiday Inn Express Sioux Center, 100 Saint Andrews Way
    • 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Le Mars
      Bob’s Drive Inn, Highway 75 South
    • 10:45 AM – 11:15 AM: Sioux City
      Sergeant Floyd Monument, 2701 S Lewis Blvd/Old US Highway 75
    • 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM: Council Bluffs
      Bayliss Park, 159 South 6th Street
    • 3:15 PM – 3:45 PM: Atlantic
      Atlantic City Park, 51 W 6th Street
  • Friday, August 12th
    • 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM: Webster City
      Wilson Brewer Park, 280 Ohio Street
    • 11:15 AM – 11:45 AM: Fort Dodge
      City Square Park, 120 N 5th Street
    • 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM: Carroll
      Carroll County Courthouse, 595 Court Street
    • 3:15 PM – 3:45 PM: Boone
      Pizza Ranch, 1703 South Story Street
    • 5:00 PM – 5:30 PM: Marshalltown
      Susie Sower Park, 60 N 2nd Avenue

I hope to see you in Iowa next week!


Brian Brown

Brian Brown

Brian S. Brown
National Organization for Marriage

P.S. Efforts like the Values Voter Bus Tour are an incredibly effective means of getting our message out, but they take significant resources as well. Can you afford a gift of $20, $35, or $50 today to help fund efforts to protect marriage all across the nation? Please click here to make your secure online contribution today.


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