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Gingrich to attend Ames Straw Poll (but won't be a paid participant)

The Gingrich campaign has told NBC News that Newt Gingrich WILL be at the Ames Straw Poll on Aug. 13.

The campaign has not spent resources there, but his name is on the ballot.

Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond said the former House speaker wants to show his commitment to the state of Iowa.

It will be very informal, though, as Gingrich is not a paid participant and thus is not allowed to speak at the event.

"We have a respect for the straw poll as an institution... But we are a caucus-driven campaign," Hammond said.

Next week, Gingrich will also attend the FOX debate, participate in the Polk Co. GOP parade, and visit the Iowa State Fair.