Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s presidential campaign revealed Wednesday that the campaign has lost a top advisor, and will pull its television and radio ads off the air before the key Ames Iowa Straw Poll next week.
The campaign has been struggling to gain traction in early state and national polls. In a Gallup poll released last week, Pawlenty was the top choice of just four per cent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents.
CNN reported that Al Hubbard, the director of the National Economic Council under President George W. Bush, has left the campaign after serving as its policy chair.
“Mr. Hubbard is a financial contributor, became busy with work and is not operating in the policy role, but we’re grateful he gave us the maximum contribution,” spokesman Alex Conant said in an email to CNN.
The campaign also is suffering money troubles after the campaign raised just $4.2 million in the second quarter.
POLITICO reported Wednesday that Pawlenty will pull his radio and television advertisement off the air 72 hours before the key Ames Iowa Straw poll next week to focus on drumming up local support.
“It’s such a small universe of people, we really want to focus on people we know are supporting us — focus on turnout mode instead of name ID and recruitment,” Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who is advising Pawlenty on the straw poll, told POLITICO.
Pawlenty must place in one the top three or four spot in Ames for his campaign to survive through the first-in-the-nation Iowa Caucuses. He must win the caucuses to have a shot at the Republican nomination, as he has had little success at gaining the support of New Hampshire voters.
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