Now, McCain’s withdrawing from Straw Poll, too

This just issued by the McCain campaign:

ARLINGTON, VA – Terry Nelson, Campaign Manager for John McCain 2008 issued the following statement: "John McCain has built a solid grassroots organization in Iowa and intends to win the state’s caucuses. He appreciates the unique and critical role the caucuses play in the nomination process and enjoys traveling the state, meeting Iowans, and holding town hall meetings.

"In light of today’s news, it is clear that the Ames Straw Poll will not be a meaningful test of the leading candidates’ organizational abilities, so we have decided to forego our participation in the event."

DES MOINES, IA – Dave Roederer, Iowa Chairman for John McCain 2008 issued the following statement: "This weekend, Senator McCain will hold his 20th town hall meeting in our state. His straight talk on the challenging issues facing our country continues to resonate with Iowans and we are confident that his commitment to restraining government spending, protecting traditional values, and defeating Islamic extremists will ultimately lead him to victory in the caucuses."

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