Paleo Presidential Candidate Flees From Corn Dogs

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DES MOINES, IA - AUGUST 12:  Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) shows off her foot-long corn dog as photographers take her picture at the Iowa State Fair August 12, 2011 in Des Moines, Iowa. Unlike any of the other GOP hopefuls at the fair, Bachmann arrived 30 minutes late for her scheduled speech and spoke for less than three minutes of her alloted 20 minutes then left on a golf cart guarded by state troopers. All of the Republican presidential hopefuls are visiting the fair ahead of Saturday's Iowa Straw Poll to greet voters and engage in traditional Iowa campaigning rituals.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
This could have been you, Jeb.Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Jeb Bush, who has not yet announced that he is running for president because he is busy raising beaucoup bucks with his super PAC, has decided to skip the Iowa Straw Poll, an early presidential primary tradition that former Representative Michele Bachmann won in 2011. Bachmann went on to not win the Republican presidential primary. In 2007, Mitt Romney won the Iowa Straw Poll. He came in seventh place four years later. Jeb Bush is currently in seventh place in Iowa, according to the latest polls. The chair of the Iowa Republicans tweeted that he hopes Bush “rethinks his decision and realizes that grassroots will only grow in Iowa if he waters them,” logic that worked wonders for recent Iowa Straw Poll winners.