Although Tommy delivers the main pitch at his campaign stops to convince voters to support him at the Ames straw poll, his campaign consultant Steve Grubbs or another staffer attempts to seal the deal.
Following Thompson's pitch, the speaker highlights Thompson's experience and accomplishments and reminds those assembled how important Iowa is in winnowing the field of candidates.
They're asked to fill out a card for a free ticket to the straw poll (worth $35) and a ride in an air-conditioned bus to Ames. Filling out the card also nets the person a Tommy Thompson magnetized bumper sticker and a limited-edition "kitchen cabinet" lapel pin.
-- By David Wise