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way to shed light on how ridiculous the campaign finance laws are. in the end, he is breaking new ground in terms of who can contribute money and how media organizations can fund that money. because of his efforts, c-span could start its own super pac. you could contribute money to run advertisers on your own network. that is what stephen cbert is doing. he has gotten permission from the federal election commission to allow viacom to spend money through his show to create these ads. he has run a bunch of these on comedy central and in iowa. it is a fascinating look into how much new ground we are breaking after the citizens united case and just a much
money is flowing into politics. host: mitt romney said that corporations are people. that brings inhis aspect. guest: the supreme court has said that mitt romney is right. whether he should have said it and if it is smart politically, that is another question entirely. we're already seeing advertisements featuring that because it seemed like a goofy thing to stay -- say that the island state fair with so many cameras around. today, corporations are able to give to independent expenditure groups run advertisements. in some states, corporations are able to give directly to candidates. that is the next frontier of litigation, whether or not those corporations can give to individual candidates on the federal level. we will s ts conversation
continued as corporations are given more of the rights of you and me. host: the next call is on the republican line. caller: whington is a good state. rick. -- rick perry and marco rubio is the only way to go. nobody could beat them. infrastructure jobs are union jobs. it is costing the government three times as much to do a job. s bidtn't the union pratsector rates? it is costing too much money.
guest: marco rubio is a junior senator from florida. if he does not run down the street naked, i think he has done a good chance of being the vice presidential nominee. he is young and attractive. he is hugely popular on the national stage. it does not hurt at all that he is a minority that you could put on the republican ticket. his playout on the nationa scene has been beautiful. his maiden speech was the first one anybody cared about since jfk gave his in the 1950's. if he can avoid putting his foot in his mouth, he will be at the top of the list with the right of first refusal on anybody's list.
tim pawlenty has already talked about him as a possible candidate. this underscores how strong the republican field will be in 2016 if they're not able to win this time. the list goes on and on. if i tried to name the mall, i would leave off 10 of them. republicans have a good stable for the next round. we have got in the past results of the iowa straw p
>> is just past 11:00 central time and this is ames, iowa. one of the candidates speaking today is ron paul. our live coverage gets under way, all day here on c-span with six candidates speaking, nine names on the ballot. some of the headlines, it post," full-ington court press. there will also be a line to fill in the name that is not there. joining us live from inside the hilton coliseum is the chair of the iowa republican party, met strong. thank you for being with us. >> happy to be here.
realigns flowing into the doors -- we have lines flowing into the doors. it looks like a great day to be in iowa. >> what is the straw poll? what is the price of the admission? who is attending today and who is not? >> there will be nine names on the ballot, all have announced president. six of them will be here today. i like to describe the straw poll as a county fair meet a rock concert meats and national political convention. in the tent space there will be barbecues coming games for the kids, speeches from the candidates, and inside, we will have an official program that i believe c-span will be carrying live, where the candidates themselves will address up to 10 belsen people inside the arena and talk to -- 10,000 people inside the arena and talk for 15 minutes.
during the course of the day, anyone who is a presidential boater -- an eligible voters can cast their vote for president. it is a fund-raiser. you have to show your voter i.d. and make sure you are on the voter rolls, but after you have a voted, you have to dip your finger in ink so that tens of thousands of iowans will be walking around with purple fingers today. >> this is a culmination of an event that began thursday night with the debate. we have had live speeches from many of the republican presidential candidates and of course the straw poll today. what does this mean for the republican party? >> is a great event for us. in not only raises the resources we need to put on the caucuses.
i will will be one of the 8-9 swing states in the -- iowa will be one of the 8-9 swing states in the general election. for the candidates, it is a chance to find out how well their message is resonating. because this is not a primary, it is a commitment, you need to know that you have supporters throughout the state. it is a great opportunity to find out well in advance of the caucuses to the people are that you can count on to organize for you when it really counts. >> into a dozen 7, mitt romney, 32% -- in 2007, mitt romney got 32% of the vote, followed by chabee.bb
is it an historic predictor? >> i think it has helped to win a race a little bit. it is not necessarily a predictor, but for those races who are not attracting support or whose messages are not resonating, historically we have seen a number of candidates depart the race shortly after the straw poll. i equate it to the first game of the season in football terms. after today, candidates will take a look at what went right, what went wrong, and evaluate how they will go forward with their campaigns. >> according to "the new york times," money is not an obstacle for governor rick perry. he is announcing the same day that you're holding your straw poll. do you have any concerns about that? >> we will see him tomorrow. i think the center of the political universe is in iowa.
there was the debate thursday night. governor palin was here yesterday. the straw poll is today. the timing coincides with the fact that all of the attention is on iowa. that is fine. i know we will see governor perry on sunday. i suspect that we will see governor perry early and often here in the hawkeye state. >> do you feel like he is stepping on your story or stepping on this event? >> i do not. the individual caucus-goers will make that determination. that is the great thing about this. it does give every day people an opportunity to ask tough questions. i think people will have those questions for governor perry. i have no doubt we will see him here often. >> let me go through the six that will be speaking. we will have live coverage of all of these speeches, giving --
getting underway in about 45 minutes. ron paul is first up. newt gingrich, jon huntsman and mitt romney are not participating. why are their names still on the ballot? >> historically, the republican party places names on the ballot of serious contenders ford the presidency. they participated in the debate thursday night. in 2007, john mccain and rudy guiliani were on the ballot even though they were not aggressively participating in the straw poll. for mitt romney, he still retains a reservation -- a reservoir of support even though he will not personally be here. >> two official candidates are
not participating. why? >> i will let the official campaigns make that decision. i know at the end of the day they were well aware of the be deadlines and guidelines. for whatever reason, they chose not to. >> $30 is the price of admission. going to see ae large segment of undecided voters here today. anecdotally, i have heard from a lot of people who are going to wait to hear the speeches and then decide who to support. there is a lot of trauma today on how the race comes out, how the vote comes out, but there is no doubt that the campaigns are actively garnering support. there is a huge line in front of michele bachmann's attend. it looks like the campaigns are
firing on all cylinders this morning. >> matthew strong, chair of the republican party, joining us from inside the coliseum. sarah palin is not at the coliseum today. do you think she is seriously considering entering the race? >> there is no question that she has loyal supporters here in the state and i know they would love to see hersey -- see her seek the presidency. grass-roots activists understand that if she does seek the presidency, it requires a lot of time on the ground, in our coffeeshops, giving iowans a chance to ask her tough questions. it is not just running 32nd tv commercials. there is an expectation that you will be on the ground.
there is an old political adage that no politician comes to iowa by accident. i think the same holds true for our president. this is the state that launched barack obama four years ago. it is dramatic how much his fortunes have fallen. even in the democrat party in the state, the president has seen over 10% of his membership decline, while we have had 29 straight months of republican gains in iowa. i think the president understands, just like republicans do, that iowa will be one of the eight or nine states that determines who will be president next november. there are a lot of people frustrated with a private sector economy not creating jobs and looking for leadership from the republican candidate. >> i want to go through a quick look at previous straw polls. george w. bush won in 1999, went
on to win the election. steve forbes came in second. anderson thereabout 20,000 people there -- i understand there were about 20,000 people there, a record for the iowa straw poll. how do you win a the number of candidates. >> going back to 1999, there were a number of candidates, such as elizabeth dole, who withdrew shortly after the straw poll. there was tommy thompson, sam brownback, two examples of people whose campaigns did not continue after a disappointing straw poll performance. >> bob dole had tied and then went on to lose to bill clinton. >> and before that, dan quayle
and dick lugar also withdrew from seeking the presidency. >> what can viewers expect when the gavel comes down at noon central, 1:00 eastern? >> it is going to be a packed house. we will kick things off with a short video. i will come out and make some short remarks. we will hear from our governor, our lieutenant governor, and approximately 1:00 eastern, all of the candidates will be on stage for a group photo so that the entire arena can see all of the candidates on stage at once. we will have a little video that celebrates and tells the story of iowa being the first of the caucus states. and then we will have speeches from the candidates. there'll be a few speeches interspersed in between. >> organizing is the key for the
straw poll and the presidential caucuses. how does a candidate organize in iowa? what is the procedure? >> you need to find county chairs in all 99 counties of iowa and it does not stop there. there will be individual precincts around the state on caucus night. the need to find a leader in each precinct who will take time to go through the voter rolls. it is peer to peer campaigning. you have to convince people on a cold february night -- i hope it is still february, there is some question about the schedule timing -- but you have to go peer to peer and caucus with your candidate. we do not have a ballot on caucus night. it is a blank slip of paper. you write down the surname of the candidate you prefer. it is called down to republican headquarters and we report the aggregate results. that is it in a nutshell.
>> had the caucus get under way? >> it took on its first role of prominence during the 1976 campaign when a little-known governor named jimmy carter saw an opening. he slept in people's thomas and went around one by one asking iowans -- peoples homes, and went around one by one asking iowans to support him. since then, because of the attention of the national media, candidates understand that when you come to iowa, you will be asked a tough question. historically, it has blossomed from there. >> can you walk through what is
the political geography of your state and where are the strongholds for republicans organizing for today's straw poll and next winter's caucuses? >> there is no question that the northwest corner of the state is the most conservative terrain. we have a republican registration advantage. that is the new board district. we just went through a process of redistricting. there are buses that will be coming from their two games today, a 4.5 hour ride on the bus bj -- from there to ames today, a 4.5 hour ride on the bus. in polk county, the democrats still enjoy a registration advantage.
we have not had control of the county courthouse since the 1940's, the that is the stronghold for democrats in iowa. billing east, much more of your traditional swing voters in the east part of the state. they're very economic-minded. right now, as they pull dramatically toward republicans in 2010. they pull dramatically toward obama in 2008. they will be the fighters in the 2012 election. -- deciphers -- deciders in the 2012 election. >> right now, we want to take you inside the tent where herman cain is speaking to his supporters. [applause]
ballot. there is speculation that governor rick perry could get some of those votes. let's go back now live to the herman cain tent. [applause] >> thank you. [inaudible] [laughter] >> our live a view camera inside the herman cain tent. we are also live inside the coliseum, the epicenter of the political universe this weekend.
tom beaumont is covering all of this for the associated press. we will be checking in with him in just a few minutes. a reminder, we will have the results as they come up, probably at 6:00 eastern, 5:00 local time. tom, we appreciate your time. let me ask you first about attendance. we talked to matt strong. what are you hearing? >> it is hard to tell, because there is the parent factor. there are organizing groups who are supporters of him -- there is the rick perry factor. there are organizing groups who are supporters of him. last year -- 2007, there were about 14,000 people who voted. i think that is about the bar
right now because mitt romney and jon huntsman are not participating. >> rick santorum is serving what he is calling presidential peach preserves. someone else is serving blue buddy ice cream. does any of this make a difference in terms of who people vote for? >> i think the ice cream is a particularly astute move because it is from the most republican county in the state. that is a pretty heads of move. the iowa state fair is going on 40 miles to the south. this is kind of an annex of that. they tried to treat their supporters to a little bit of fun. there is music, lots of barbecue. they try to make the ride comfortable for reporters begin
for voters to get down here, cast their votes. >> governor rick perry announcing in south carolina. from your perspective, is he in any way upstaging what is happening in iowa today? >> i think he is. i think there are twin epicenters in the political universe today, three if you include south carolina where governor perry is announcing even as we speak. be there. to he is also going to be in new hampshire. it is sort of the trifecta of the political up the centers today. >> sarah palin at the state fair yesterday. is she going to run? >> it does not look like it from my standpoint because she has absolutely none of the groundwork that so many of these people have done. and the word is that she is a
supporter of rick barry. -- rick perry. they call this separation saturday, when we may see some candidates drop out. she is such a wild card. she shows up wherever there is a big republican crowd and she draws a lot of attention. the question as if she can put organization together. that is a question people have been asking for months. >> i was talking to a political reporter who said that one of the big story lines this year has been the rise of michele bachmann in the iowa polls, something she did not expect. your thoughts? >> i think she is right for the time, especially because there is a tea party movement brewing in iowa. it is not very very strong. it is there.
iowa is estate that, because of the caucuses, there is a very strong party presents. the tea party has grown stronger in places where it there is less of a party apparatus. she has sparked interest from newcomers. it totally makes sense coming off of two years of obama where the tea party has erupted onto the scene nationally. it makes sense that she has grabbed hold of that. she is from iowa. she was born in this state and to remember things she did as a kid here. people like that. we will see how well she does today. organization is key. it will be telling to see how she puts an organization together. >> we're seeing some of that organization outside the bachmann tent as her supporters register and sign in. what else is involved in that as
these campaigns try to get a rolodex for the caucuses next january? >> that is the key. the minute the candidate shows up, somebody better be following that candidate around with a clipboard rating down names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses. that was the big question about bachmann when she got here. she had so much buzz, but we did not see that kind of very astute organizing. take tim pawlenty, also from minnesota. very strong organization. came in with the right people, knew the terrain, was doing all of the organizational things. the flip side is he did not have the buzz. you kind of have mirror images from the minnesota inds. -- minnesota candidates. >> who has the most to gain today and who has the most to lose? >> tim pawlenty has the most to lose. he has moved his expectations
around throughout the last few months. he had said in january that he needed to win or do well in the caucuses. once you say win, you have set a bar for yourself. now he has said about his caucus performance and his straw poll performance that he does not necessarily have to win, but he finished so low in the newspaper poll, that he needs to show improvement. he needs to factor into the story line coming out tomorrow. maybe that is first, second or third. if he does not finish strong and show that he has something on the ground here, he has to think about how long he can stay in the race because i what is very important to his campaign. >> tom moment, now with the associated press -- tom belmon
aumont, now with the associated press. what is the price of admission? >> i think it is $25. >> it is $30 for admission, but for the tents, i think it is $30,000. >> the starting price was $16,000. >> does it feel like a carnival atmosphere? >> yes, it feels like an extension of the state fair. the state fair is full of politics. it is going on at the same time as the fair, so it is not that much to hit the road, drive 40 miles north and get to this republican enclave of the iowa state fair. >> did the thursday debate in any way change the equation of the straw poll today? >> i think it's sort of
reinforced the story line, which is that somebody needs to emerge as a viable alternative to mitt romney. mitt romney weathered the indirect and direct assaults from all of his rivals on thursday night, and he seemed to keep his head above it all. he is the one to be. the story line coming out of the rick perry announcement is can he authentically challenge mitt romney on the economy? mitt romney has made himself all about the economy in his second bid for president. one of these candidates today either has to emerge as a viable jobs alternative to romney or maybe that grass-roots candidate who is going to come in from the grassroots and not the establishment. the debate did not change much, but it kept romney as the front runner. >> there was some speculation
the romney was doing and under the radar effort to make a surprise showing. have you heard that? >> i have heard it. i know the they do not have staff here. they did not pay $15,000 for a tent and they are not granting any buses are anything like that. the real story about romney and i know what is the extent to which -- in iowa is the extent to which she is not under the radar. he is keeping his supporters on the line from a staying in touch with them. after a story that he was pitching iowa, he has kept in touch with -- ditching iowa, he has kept in touch with iowa. if he can take out governor perry, he will do it in iowa if he has to. >> what is different about the romney campaign from what you
saw four years ago? >> i think it is totally tactical. his campaign in 2007-2008 was cover the waterfront. attend every single republican event. get your name known. take a position on every issue. get in front of every group. he over saturated the market with himself. he was leading in the polls in june, and then when people started looking for an alternative, that is when fred thompson became a curiosity and uckabee became the winner of the caucus. he has been chastened by that. now he is disciplined about focusing on jobs and the economy, talking about president obama and casting himself as a national candidate. >> laura sodano of cbs news
tries to do a short interest -- of cbs newsell tried to do a short interview with can and he said he will not do any. >> here is what he does. he follows where president obama is going to be in the country and he and his staff put together interviews in the local papers, the local press, ahead of the president's visit. he has the press, but it is very tactical, focused on obama tripoli. i have talked to him twice -- focused on obama strictly. i have not been twice, and they have been very tactical interviews based on him when to get a message out in front of --
him wanting to get a message out in front of obama visit. >> we view i was on the democratic side as a state that is very liberal -- iowa on the democratic side as a state that is very liberal, and on the republican side, it has a lot of christian conservatives. can you sort through that? >> in the republican primary of 2010, the focus was economics. terry brand brought with him a lot of fiscal conservatives. right now what i am waiting to see and i what is the extent to which economic conservatives -- in iowa is the extent to which economic conservatives weigh in
on the caucus. this caucus is setting up to be somewhat of a test of the conventional wisdom the social conservatives are dominating. they are a dominant force, but i think the republican party is morphing. matt strong said party registration is growing. i do not think that is because people are becoming more conservative. i think it is because of the economy. obama carried the state by nine points in 2008. his approval has dipped as it has around the country. i what is a bellwether. his approval is hovering around 50% right now. i think it will be a very close race in 2012. >> this morning's "new york times" had a preview of governor rick perry's announcement.
the headline is, money no obstacle for parry to join the gop race. >> we know that he has spent the last month dialing up a base of texas supporters who can help that campaign get started. he is months late getting started. what his campaign has said they want to do is hit the ground spend more time on the road than fundraising. he hasn't advantage in that texas is a base ever putt -- he has an advantage in that texas is a base of republican support. >> ron paul is serving hot dogs and baked beans, in case you're wondering. over at the tim pawlenty 10, it
is bar-b-q and blizzards from dairy queen. >> you have to of blizzard on an august day. >> the me go back to tim pawlenty. some candidates and can live off the land, as they say. others have to raise money. if tim pawlenty does not coming in the top three in terms of fund-raising, can he stay in this? >> he can hire a driver and stay in touch with islands and try to make it through to the caucus, but today is a big day for him. he has invested two hundred thousand dollars in iowa in the last couple of weeks, and that is a lot of money in advertising. he has put a lot of time miles on the road here visiting 50 cities are last month. he is putting all of this chips
in the middle of the table here. it is going to be difficult for him to carry on as a viable alternative to romney if he does not have a good showing today. >> but as ron paul need to do today? -- what does ron paul need to do today? >> his supporters are very devout and they're going to show up today. but it is a matter of the caucuses in january. if he finishes well today, it will give an artificially high sense of what his caucus turnout will be. a certain percentage will turn out here and in the caucuses. but your point, i think what he needs to do is show that he is a viable alternative to romney, from the grassroots side.
is it him? is it bachmann? is it santorum? do they bring be a social conservative base or the libertarian base, which is not an area that romney does particularly well in. >> newt gingrich has been campaigning with his family. >> he really is a wild card. he is not doing very well in the polls, but he has got some strong party establishment people with them and he has been here a lot. he is kind of authentic. he is impossible not to have a conversation with. he is very likable and engaging. that goes a long way and iowa. he has made a push here.
i think that is a wild card. >> we're looking at the food outside the coliseum. i guess cholesterol should not be a factor for those attending the state fair or the straw poll. >> it never is. i am sure you have heard about the phenomenon called fried better this year. i get heartburn just thinking about it. >> we are told it tastes like pancakes and butter. it tastes like pancakes and without the syrup. a lot of butter. thaddeus macabre, why is he in this race and what kind of presence does he have? >> he is very strong with the tea party. he showed up on the straw poll seen late. not really sure how well he is going to do here today.
probably a devout but small following. it does not cost anything to run your campaign, a candidate like that can stick around until the caucuses. >> in what is the state is 30th in population -- iowa is a state that is. in population of the 50 states and yet it has -- a state that in population of the 50 states but has a huge say in who the candidate will be. too much so, do you think? >> when your first this many times, you have an influence. the people of iowa taken seriously. -- take it seriously.
they're kind of like a national focus group. it is a small number of people, yes, but they really put a candidate through their paces. they asked them things that you do not get in an ad hit. whether they have too much influence -- that comes up this year in the republican side because people wonder if the social conservative movement is not reflective -- the candidates have made that clear. jon huntsman is not here. he has a record of supporting gay rights. and i think he is made the calculation that his position on gay-rights is unpopular here. adding the caucuses, especially on the republican side -- i think the caucuses, especially on the republican side, have found their niche here. they're not a bellwether because
they do not have a candidate running aggressively here. the candidates, i would argue, are the ones who would really decide how important i know what is. >> for those of you just tuning in, what can we expect from the afternoon? >> the voting starts at noon central, and goes until four central. there is voting a around various sites of the coliseum campus. during that time, there are going to be speeches by the candidates. people say it is a matter of delivering your supporters, it does not matter what kind of speech you give. i would challenge those people
to explain how mike huckabee ended up winning the caucus. he gave what was considered the best speech of the event and went on to win the caucus. we will see who wins, who finishes stronger than expected, who finishes weaker than expected, then write our stories and put it on the wire. >> inside the coliseum as folks begin to arrive, thank you for joining us and providing us a preview of what to expect. >> my pleasure. >> for our radio audience, we're going to listen in to some of the scenes outside the coliseum. we will continue our coverage inside starting at the top of the hour.
again. let me ask you first of all about your headline, cloudy with the chance of pawlenty. how much pressure is on the pawlenty campaign? >> i think if he is not one of the top two finishers it will be very hard for him to go on for a very simple reason, he is not going to have the money to have a campaign of any magnitude. he needs to have a strong performance here. you see people bringing their voters in and leading them to the polls. he has a presence here, but we will see if it is enough. if ron paul r. michele bachmann does not do well here, they will be able to move forward, but tim pawlenty has worked so hard here, spent so much time and money in the last two months, if
he cannot come up with a strong finish, his rationale with donors is going to be really tough in the next few weeks. >> what your impressions? what are you now seeing outside the coliseum? you are in the basement and the program will get underway in about 10 minutes, but right now it looks pretty empty. >> outside, you look and see a ts. of people in various tens you see a lot of folks wearing michele bachmann t-shirts. a lot of ron paul people are here. it is really tough at this point to eyeball. it looks like folks are still coming in and. pawlenty and bachmann seem to have the most organized every year.
michele bachmann has country singer randy travis in her tent, but you cannot come in to hear the entertainment until you have registered at the michele bachmann table, and of course, by doing that, they will try to get you to go vote for her. there are some tactics that, for folks to get to eat free food or hear free music, they have to vote for that candidate. >> a couple of things we want to point out, a piece about governor rick perry who is in south carolina today. >> he is in south carolina announcing his candidacy there. that is obviously going to divert attention from what is happening here. he is not going to waste any time getting to iowa. he will be here tomorrow. will be interesting to see here
as far as rick perry goes is what kind of support he gets. he will not be on the ballot, but there will be brightens for him. he will have some -- right in spore him. -- write ins for him. there will be some support. >> of some candidates all trying to curry favor with the voters -- you have so many candidates all trying to curry favor with christian conservatives. i think specifically about ron paul or rick santorum, michele bachmann, all trying to go after the so-called mike huckabee of the road. >> there is a finite universe of social conservative voters.
i would add rick perry to that list too. by the way, that was one of the arguments for why mitt romney should participate, because he could potentially bring more moderates in. there is no question that because of the votes being divided, you're not going to see one candidate gets 51%. this will be a perot alidade -- a plurality. >> met ronnie went to the state fair and participated -- mitt romney went to the state fair and participated in the debate. the >> you will see romney supporters here, absolutely. but as far as going to the
debate thursday night, he definitely got media attention. he will play in the caucuses here next year. his folks are furiously keeping down expectations. they are not wearing romney shirts. there in civilian gear. they are not paying for anybody else's ticket. they're paying for their own tickets. given the fact he is the national front runner, he ought to do decently. >> we're talking to jonathan martin of politico. let me ask you about debbie wasserman schultz, chair of the democratic national committee. she spoke yesterday and had a meeting this morning with reporters. there is a story on your website. what are the democrats doing to try to offset the message from
the gop today? >> they are having some fun. debbie wasserman schultz and david axelrod have been here. they're pushing their message. some of theting out vulnerabilities of the various gop candidates. they are having a really fun time with romney's comment that corporations are people too. the democrats are obviously being opportunistic here and try to get in on some of the action, but as they know, it is very difficult. they could get a sidebar story, but the main event is obviously the gop race and the straw poll. >> tamara -- tomorrow, michele bachmann is making an appearance on all five sunday morning programs.
the last person to do that was ginsburg during the monica lewinsky scandal in 1998. >> if she does not do well here, she will face some tough questions about what happened. that could be uncomfortable for her. what i'm most curious about is that she is making the ginsburg circuit and then going to iowa where governor perry is making his iowa debut. she is not backing down. they will be going after similar voters, and that will be fascinating watching them go head-to-head in waterloo. >> and of course, the president is going to be in iowa next week. is i was a swing state in 2012? >> -- iowa a swing state in 2012? >> absolutely. it was close in 2004, where
president bush narrowly won. four years ago, president obama took the state. i can see president obama and whoever the gop nominee is spending a lot of time in iowa. there is a strong labor presence, a democratic leaning eastern part of the state. the western part goes for the gop. >> we have heard that the caucus might move to january. what could prompt that? >> if florida, arizona or michigan decides to go first in the process, the response in iowa will be to move up the caucus. we could be here in december. i what is intent on being
first, and if that means -- iowa macumba is intent on being first, and if that means -- iowa is intent on being first, and if that means moving the caucus to 2011, that will happen. she is leading some of the state polls but her crowds are not huge. so that is really struck me. you know, the other thing too, county folks are you here from the national press, it seems like these events get bigger and bigger and the coverage is just more and more and obviously, we're part of that, but it's just striking to me what a carnival of an atmosphere this has become and it's fun for us
political junkies but it gets harder and harder to talk to actual voters because there's so many votes from the two areas goes to iowa. >> jonathan martin, we appreciate your time here at c-span. >> thank you, steve. >> we're going to take you to the tim polenti tents. an estimated 12,000-15,000 people expected to attend. final vote won't be later today. let's listen in to that tent.
the speakers the following order. congressman ron paul, herman cane, michelle bachmann, rick sanatorium and tim pawlenty will be the speakers. rick perry they are governor of texas also announcing today in south carolina. we'll have live coverage of his speech at c-span.org and we'll show you the speech later in the day as part of our coverage coverage from aims, -- amison, -- ames, iowa. there will be nine names on the ballot, six candidates actively participating in the straw poll. they paid the price of admission to purchase the tents outside the hilton coliseum. it's $30 per ticket to attend this event and the six names that you heard the speakers just
a moment ago but the other names on the ballot, newt gingrich and two former governors, huntsman of utah and mitt romney of massachusetts. those two governors are in new hampshire today. and there is a place for write-in ballots. so you'll be able to see some strengths possibly for governor rick perry who will be in waterloo, iowa, evening -- tomorrow evening along with michelle bachmann. tim pawlenty appearing on abc's "this week" and all of the sunday shows can be heard on c-span radio starting at noon eastern 9:00 for west coast listeners on x.m. channel 119. we'll have more on "washington journal" as well. people begin to gather and coverage running a little bit behind schedule. we'll show you both the scenes inside and outside as this event
>> the hilton coliseum for the republican straw poll which was supposed to get underway about 15 minutes ago as is typical for any political event, it is running behind schedule. let's bring you up to date on the speaking part of the program. shortly, we will hear from iowa governor terry bran instead and matt strong the chair of the iowa republican party. can and the order of speakers, the time is expected to change. former speaker rick santorium,
representative ron paul, tim pawlenty -- because for the first time there is a write-in ballot, there will be some tabulation that will include those names. could be governor rick perry and other names that are written in for the iowa straw poll. an estimated crowd of anywhere between 12,000-15,000 expected from attendance. the record high was back in 1999 with about 20,000 people attending the iowa straw poll and the price of admission is $30. the tents around the hilton coliseum going anywhere from
$15,000-$30,000. the there are six speaking although nine names on the ballot including newt gingrich and mitt romney and john huntsman who are campaigning respectively in new hampshire, the state that will host the first in the nation primary. the date of the iowa caucuses scheduled for february 6. that is also subject to change depending on what happens with florida and michigan. the program is about to get underway. we take you back live inside the hilton coliseum. >> your program is about to begin. [bell]
>> will you please rise? will you please join me in saying the pledge? our grat american flag assembled home to millions around the world. i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. will you remain standing as we bound in prayer our comparison heavenly father webber thank you for this time here in iowa today . lord, we thank you for the graciousness that you have blessed this great country. lord, we know that this great country was birthed in freedom and lib tim. we honor those founding father who is put their very lives and their very fortunes on their
life to form this great republic and we know that with live in perilous times when people that hold those values that made this country great have to some degree neglected their duty to be involved in the political arena, but lord, we know we've seen a great awakening because of what's happening around us and lord, help us to be the vessel and the tools by which to motivate like-minded people to save our great republic. lord, we thank you for the leadership of matt stron and the resurgence we've seen here in this great state. lord, be with us today as we listen to the great candidates, knowing that we here in iowa have a blessed opportunity with the interacting with them like no others on the face of the earth. so be with them that whatever they say and whatever they do and whatever we say and whatever we do today might be bring glory to your honor.
>> wow. what a difference four years can make. i'm matt strawn, chairman of the republican party of iowa and i am proud to be a part of the iowa g.o.p. that is leading the fight. from the mississippi to the missouri, from athlete to whale, the resurgence of the iowa republicans is fueled on the bed rock principles of individual liberty, personal responsibility and economic opportunity.
your iowa g.o.p. developed up and down victory. electing bram instead and lieutenant reynolds, capturing a majority of statewide executive officers, winning 16 iowa house seats and a new majority, huge gains in the iowa senate, and gaining over 100 new county officers all across our state. and iowans are doing more than just voting for our republican candidates. every day, more iowans are identifying with the republican party and our principle solution as the iowa g.o.p. getting new voters at the expense of the iowa democrat party from 28 straight months in the 2010, iowa republicans led the way in your jurrjens government in. 2012, iowa republicans will lead the way in returning a conservative principle president to the white house. iowa republicans, this is just the beginning. take a look around. look at the energy. feel the excitement.
it is clear to me and it will be very clear to president obama that we are just getting started. [applause] >> good afternoon, welcome to ames, welcome to the 2011 iowa straw poll! [applause] let's start things off with a very important question for everybody -- who's ready to start the process to make barack obama a one-term president? [cheers and applause] who is ready to elect a republican president who will stop the freedom suffocating
overspending of washington? [cheers and applause] who is ready to elect a republican president who understands that it is the entrepreneur and the small business owner, not washington bureaucrats that create jobs and make america work! [cheers and applause] who is ready to elect a republican president who will dismantle the job killing unconstitutional obama care! [cheers and applause] i'm ready and it sure sounds like you're ready too. choosing his republican successors starts now. it starts today. it starts in iowa. [cheers and applause] at a time when more and more americans feel disconnected from our leaders in washington, thank goodness a process still exists that requires our national
leaders to meet us, to listen to us, to let us directly question them and find out what their solutions are for addressing the challenges of america. this process is the iowa caucus. the first major step in the iowa caucus is happening as i speak. tense of thousands of republicans are meet the candidates outside. they will be here listening their speeches and they will cast a vote for their preferred successor, republican successor to barack obama. [cheers and applause] and the iowa caucus is a process. it's a very special process that allows someone like me, the son of an iowan farmer the grandson of a john deere fact frir worker who share my hopes and dreams of america. as you saw that introductory video, times have changed here in iowa. in fact, when air force one
touches down on northeast iowa on tuesday, mr. president will encounter a very different iowa than was here in 2008. [applause] first of all, mr. president, you'll find that there's a lot more of us republicans around. we have had 29 straight months of outgaining democrats in voter registration in this state. [applause] in fact, my favorite statistic since president obama was inaugurated in january of 2009, one in 10 iowa democrats have even left their own party. that's the true obama legacy in iowa! [applause] and as iowa g.o.p. voter registration rises, just two are these iowa republicans that are getting in cars, getting on buses, driving hours to be here on a beautiful saturday
afternoon to take a stand for their country and make their voice heard with a vote in our straw poll? well, as someone who talks to more iowan republicans than anybody, it is the small business owner i talk to in davenport, who is afraid to hire or expand because he can't tell you how much it will cost his business or his employees to implement the obama care. an iowa republican is the retired, self-made business owner who over lunch with tears in his eyes said matt, i don't think my grand kids are going to have the same economic opportunities in america that i had. an iowa republican is the world war ii veteran i met over breakfast who thinks it is absolutely unconscienable and morally objectionable that a child born today will have their personal $42,000 share of our national debt. an iowa republican is the recently graduated snuent cedar falls i talk to who hasn't found
a permanent job yet but is too proud to move back home with the folks so he's working two part-time jobs and hoping for an improved economy. most importantly, it is much more than a list of policy positions. receive a reminder of this recently. it was at a pizza ranch. i struck up a conversation with a gentle man that was laid off from his job in a factory, about 50 years old. he was more worried about his country's future than his own. he said something that day that stuck with me. he said, "of course, when it comes to choosing a president, he once a political leader that believes with him on the issues."
he wants a leader that believes in america again. [applause] faith in our creator, america, but more importantly, face in our fellow man. not government institutions that make our nation great. on that spring night, i think he summed up pretty well who iowan is. we cannot afford four more years of the obama administration. [applause] iowan republicans know it, iowans know, the american people know it. mr. president, your path to the white house may have begun four short years ago, but your term will end here in iowa.
that process starts today in. thank you, and let's get it started. [cheers and applause] it is now my pleasure to introduce our first speaker who was elected on a message of fiscal responsibility, job creation, and restoring education. in the seven months since taking office, he has fulfilled his promise by signing a budget to restore discipline, ending the use of one time funds for ongoing expenses, stopped the creating practices of the past, and he is just getting started. please join me in welcoming the man who put iowa's budget back in black. [cheers and applause] >> thank you very much.
you are doing a great job. the chairman of the republican party of iowa. i am glad to be back. i am pleased to welcome all of you this afternoon to ames, iowa, to hilton coliseum. this is a great turnout of republicans, and it shows we are an excited party. i want to welcome and command each of the candidates that are here with us today. they have poured their hearts and souls into this straw poll. we appreciate their efforts, and we appreciate them. their efforts have not gone unnoticed or unappreciated by a iowa. i hope all of these candidates have enjoyed their time in this great state, getting to know the
hard working people that we have in iowa. every four years, it is often said that iowa is the envy of the country. if you were at the state fair yesterday or if you are here today and you joined this beautiful weather and people, you understand why iowa is the envy of the nation. [applause] candidates and a record number of media have flocked here, offering the country a bird's eye view of the political process at the grass-roots level here in the great state of iowa. we take our first in the nation responsibility very seriously. iowa is not a state where you can buy enormous amounts of television advertisements and hope to be successful. iowa is a state where a candidate needs to go out and see real people and answer tough
questions from real voters. iowans share the same concerns as the rest of america. how will we pay down its debt that is being wracked up under the obama administration? who will make job creation and a top priority and restore our state to economic growth? who has the strong and bold ideas that will beat barack obama in iowa and across america? [applause] iowans are earnest, hard-working people that expect the same from the candidates that they give themselves. today begins a long and hard toil toward the nomination. greatroad i9s filled with opportunity. this country's founders have risen to the challenge of their
time, whether it was during the great civil war that divided our country, or the threat to freedom posed by terrorists. heroes have risen and answer the call to keep america strong and free. our great country faces grave threats today, home as well as abroad. we face a debt with no signs of stopping, and it threatens the fabric of this great and free country. it is clear, america is on an unsustainable course that adds over $1 trillion deficit to our burgeoning national debt every year. we must restore a fiscal responsibility, preventing the generational theft that threatens the future of our children and our grandchildren. [applause]
at this time, this moment, our country needs a leader who will rise to the occasion just as we americans have always done. today, you will hear from some of those potential leaders. please give all of your warm iowa welcome. thank you very much. [applause] and now, i would like to invite all of the presidential candidates that are present to come on the stage. [applause] [cheers and applause]
>> every four years, americans choose their president. every four years, the iowa caucus has started the process. for 40 years, iowans have listened to the candidates and made their decision. most candidates have moved on, and every four years, iowans get the question, "white is iowa -- why is iowa first?" in iowa, retail politics are the name of the game. candidates cannot hide behind advertisements. we know that meeting the candidates personally, having the courage to ask them tough questions is the best way to measure their mettle and their character. we donated our time to help the candidates. we welcome them into our homes. we share our stores, hopes, and fears, and establish a bond that
goes beyond any election. it is the bond of america working side by side to make our country a better place. then, on a cold winter's night, we'd venture out to support those candidates who want to build america and who we have placed our trust. they continue the process until one is to clear the next president of the united states. however, the process is not the only things that iowa is first in. iowa is the leader in renewable energy. iowa's capital city ranks as number 1 in the nation for young professionals and number 1 in the best places for business and careers. number one richest metro in the united states due to its reasonable cost of living.
we produce over 10% of america's food supply in iowa. ranking first in children's health care. first in the nation is nothing new to us. in fact, we are pretty good at it even if we most times are too humble to talk about it. it is right here again today. here in america's heartland, where the pioneer spirit remains strong, where the pride of america never wavers. the great state of iowa, first in the nation. ♪ [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, a message from the one campaign. >> i have my own problems to worry about. >> why should i care?
>> their problems are too big to solve. >> stop wasting my hard earned money. >> it is like throwing money down a rat hole. >> nothing will ever change. >> i give up. >> i give up. >> what is the point? >> where is the proof? >> in just 10 years, over 15 million more kids are alive and over 46 million more kids are in school all for less of 1% -- >> 1% of the total budget. how is that for proof? >> it will not happen without you. go to one.org and join the movement. we are acting for a voice. [applause] >> please direct your attention to the stage as we prepare for
former pennsylvania senator rick santorum. ♪ >> we blinked, and teh america we knew had changed. individual freedom replaced by increasing government dependent. fiscal responsibility, replaced by reckless spending and mounting debt. a generational promise of a better future, broken for a lifetime of pain for the excesses of others. the greatest health care system in the world, systematically being destroyed. our traditional values shattered. jobs, gone forever.
the american innovative spirit, broken. boundless optimism, replaced by uncertainty. the question now is who possesses at the courage and experience to save america? the answer is becoming increasingly clear. only one led the fight to shut down the congressional bank and took on powerful members of his own party in his fight for a balanced budget amendment pending only one successfully led the fight to reform the entitlement program, eliminating the abuse and fraud, and replacing it with hope and opportunity. only one served for eight years on the armed services committee, and he wrote critical legislation that captain america from its sworn enemies.
only one wrote the bill that ended partial abortions forever and has fought tirelessly to protect traditional marriage. for two decades, rick santorum has fought passionately to protect our economy, our tax dollars, our security, and our families. today is your day to join the fight. ♪ [cheers and applause] >> thank you. thank you all very much. thank you, iowa. it is great to be here.
family is first. let me introduce my wife karen along with five of our seven children behind us. they can to -- we can to i was three weeks ago. people said it is nice that rick was coming. no one really thought we were going to do much or have much of an impact. thanks to the great work of my wife karen? i will introduce to you right now -- [cheers and applause] -- and these five children -- how many people got calls from my kids in the last three weeks? [applause] they have been on the phones and traveling around the state. we did 50 cities around the state of iowa for 14 days. we went to all four corners of the state of iowa.
one of the commentators called our campaign the ring of fire campaign. [cheers and applause] we wanted to make sure all of iowans were heard from and all of iowa got a chance to meet at least one of the candidates, to sit in their libraries or living rooms, to talk to them and listen to them because that is where the great wisdom is in america. then, enter their questions, be accountable to them. that is what i did it. 68 counties later, we have come here to do something important. we have come here, all of you have come here to say that the folks in washington, the people in the boardrooms in new york and the media centers, they are not the ones who are going to choose the next republican nominee for president.
you are going to choose the next nominee for president. [cheers and applause] what the poeple of iowa have said to me is that they want someone that they can trust what they say are going to do and do what they are going to say. as a positive vision for the future of this country. there is a positive vision for the future of this country if we do what our founding fathers did, believe in the goodness of the american people, free people, who government says yes, like in our declaration of independence which founded this great country, transformed the world. we had governments that were not run from the top down, not where you have the divine right of kings with the king was given rights by god and then spread
the wealth around. no. our founders believed in a country where we hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal with certain unalienable rights. [cheers and applause] it was that belief in free people that transformed the world bank for the first time, we said that we were going to have a government whose job under this constitution was limited to protect life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. many people have said that the social issues are not important in this campaign. i have talked about all of these issues. i will not back down on the sanctity of life and marriage. [cheers and applause]
what the people of all i what recognize is that america is a moral enterprise. our founders understood that for the constitution to work, it had to be based on something deeper, something grounded. our rights came from a creator. the creator has rules. nature and nature's god. they understood that through reason and faith we could build a strong country from the ground up based on a moral society. john adams said our society is holy and adequate for any other. that is the mission for america. to suggest that we can be a party just about tax cuts and spending cuts and not about strong families and a strong faith and strong faith communities, you do not understand iowa and you do not understand america. [cheers and applause]
ladies and gentlemen, as you saw from the debate the other night, this campaign is about scratching and clawing for any bit of recognition i could get. i had to wave my hand to ask for recognition. this is the little engine that could campaign. [applause] they told us we had no chance, to not pay attention. all the press does is right about these shiny engines that keep coming by to help. maybe we will start to hitch up and work hard. we did not wait around. which started working hard. -- we started working hard. we have been to iowa more than
other candidate because i want to be accountable to you and the people who make decisions, who are going to have the first cut of narrowing this field to select the president, will get a chance to look me in the eye, keblick my shins and the tires, and to hear from me division of this country. today is an opportunity to strike a blow for the people of the heartland. this is a hard land campaign, not just about wall street, but about all of the issues that you hear about. to moral and culture issues, and yes, to getting this of economy going. look at the plan that i put forward. it is about the heartland. it is about using the resources in iowa, pennsylvania, and offshore to create energy security for this country that
is desperately needed. [cheers and applause] i grew up in a little steel town outside of pittsburgh, pa.. my grandfather came to this country because he wanted to be free and believed in the goodness of america. an america that believed in him and what he could do to provide for himself and the family -- and his family and a god that he served bank for 40 years, he clawed for my freedom until he was 72 years old. i am here today standing on his shoulders because i believe right now in thithis country is in jeopardy of losing its freedom because of one man and one bale -- obamacare.
-- and one bill -- obamacare. [applause] obamacare is the single greatest threat to one generation's charge of handling this country off to the next generation freer, safer, and more prosperous. margaret thatcher said she was never able to accomplish what ronald reagan accomplished, never able to turn the tide of socialism. never able to turn it back in britain like reagan did. and getting americans to believe in themselves, not some government official to take care of them. what margaret thatcher said, she was never able to turn it around. the british national health-care system. i was in the green room at fox a couple of days before the vote
for obamacare. they decided to jam it down the throats of the american public. i said to juan williams, "water you doing? " you are committing political suicide bank he said that me tell you what the administration told me. "we believe obama. we believe that america's love for entitlements, and once we get them hooked on this entitlement, they will never let it go." [crowd boos] just imagine a couple of weeks backhen barack obama's was against the wall being pushed for a debt ceiling increase. was his first move? just like at basketball, it was to the left. [laughter] his first move was to get in
front of a national audience and tell the people who were dependent on the federal government that they were not going to get their social security checks, that they were not going to get their benefits, but they were not going to get their medicare benefits. they have the hook. at the time that they need to, they pull the strings spending now, with obamacare, everyone is a manic and. being able to be pulled in the way that washington wants you to be pulled. not o;n my watch. [cheers and applause] you have an opportunity in this race to take someone who the national media is not paying a
lot of attention to. maybe it is because in my elective history i defeated three democratic incumbents, twice for the congress -- [applause] -- toys for the congress -- twice for the congress and once in the state of pennsylvania, a state that republicans have not won since 1988. i went up against an incumbent democratic senator whose campaign was managed by a couple of guys who just managed a successful campaign for president back in 1992. i beat them. [cheers and applause] in fact, one of my proudest accomplishments in james carville's book. item number 3 on his list. -- i am number three on his
list. [cheers and applause] maybe it was because i fought for welfare reform and the only one on this stage the other night that actually authored a bill, managed it on the floor of the senate, got bipartisan support, which got a democratic president to sign it, ending an entitlement, and is transformed society. [cheers and applause] maybe it is because i am someone who says to the people of this country who care about the sanctity of human life that i will just not give lip service. i will stand on the floor of the senate and in the oval office and i will fight for life because i did it for 12 years in the senate and got bipartisan support for three major bills