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>> welcome to the treynor iowa cave creek sobers greek republican caucuses. my name is john jacobson, temporary chair and i have been appointed by the pottawattamie county republican central committee of the temporary caucus chair. please, everybody make sure you're signed in at the registration table. this caucus will now come to order. ladies and gentlemen, please extend a warm welcome to this evenings independent vote count observer, the former neighboring state republican party chair, constitutional scholar and author, current president of the national council of censors and current candidate for federal office in our neighboring state, retired united states air force chief master sergeant, mr. glenn freeman, who will lead us in the
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pledge of allegiance. [applause] >> thank you very much, john. it's a pleasure for me to be here. ladies and gentlemen, during this tumultuous time, there is often a debate about america exceptionalism. of the 195 countries are so in this world, america is the only country founded on a fundamental belief in god, the declaration of independence. we hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights. among those rights are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. that is what makes america an
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exceptional nation [applause] god bless america. now, we please rise and join in the pledge of allegiance? 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. [applause] >> thank you, glenn. glenn will be back later this evening to help with the independent vote count. and now i'd like to ask you all to prepare for this evenings invocation. like glenn, i'm going back to the early spirit of our country
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this evening, to the carroll family. john carroll come as many of you know was out john carroll, one of the prominent signers of the declaration of independence. john carroll wrote this prayer november 10, 1791. it is a good prayer to pray acidic gatherings or a national holidays, including this evening as we undertake this solemn responsibility as iowans. it is called his prayer for government. we prayed the almighty and eternal god, who through jesus christ has revealed by glory to all nations to preserve the works at the mercy. we prayed the o god of might, wisdom and justice to the authority is rightly administered, laws are made, and judgment decreed. assist with the holy spirit of counsel and fortitude, the
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president of these united states that his administration may be conducted and righteousness in the eminently useful to thy people over whom he presides. by encouraging due respect for virtue and religion, by a faithful execution the laws and justice and mercy and by restraining vice and immorality, let the lights of thy divine wisdom direct the deliberations of congress and shine forth in all the preceding some laws framed for our rule and government so that they may tend to the preservation of peace, promotion of national happiness, the increase of industry, sobriety and useful knowledge and may perpetuate to s. the blessing of equal liberty. we pray for his excellency, the governor of this state, for the members of the assembly, for all
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judges, magistrates and other officers appointed to guard our political welfare, but that they may be enabled by day powerful protection to discharge duties of their respective stations with honesty and ability. we recommend likewise to thy unbounded mercy, all her brother and fellow citizens throughout the united state, that they may be blessed in the knowledge and sanctified in the observance of thy most holy love. that day may be preserved and union and in that piece, which the world cannot give. after enjoying the blessings of this life, to be admitted to those which are eternal. to his name, jesus christ our savior, lord and god. amen. welcome this evening.
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folks, i have really good news for you tonight. as temporary chair, i am dispensing with the temporary chair's remarks. [applause] we are here as republican neighbors this evening in a presidential year, to conduct a straw poll. and that is where we are moving to surety, to elect precinct people to the county central committee and to collect a list of names to the county convention and finally, to collect and submit soft tissues to the county convention. now as you know when you came in this evening and register, i just want to reiterate to a few caucus attendees are we at the petition table located in our entrance here with all of our candidates names on their. they are required to garner various members of petition signatures for various areas in
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order to qualify for office. so please come your 92 kindly signed this nomination papers for as many candidates as possible. also, you may notice that the entrance tonight, there are also platform submission forms if you wish to make, promote an idea or specific language for the platform to be forwarded the county convention, you may do so this evening. we welcome any of your suggestions. this is grassroots citizenship at its finest here in iowa. and i would kindly remind you, all attendees and observers here this evening who wish to speak on behalf of a candidate, to please let us know that you will be speaking this evening. i've already been contact by some of the speakers then we still have time for some spontaneous ad hoc speakers if they'd like to come up to visit and help lead for their candidates. at this time, we are going to
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move directly into the election of a permanent precinct chair. i then appointed temporary chair or so this is the first order of business to finalize this. the chair is responsible for conduct in business of the caucus personally. i've been trained and vetted as a colleague here, mr. dreier and i will now accept nominations for permanent caucus chair, but also state i am willing to serve as permanent caucus chair and i place my name in nomination. >> the vote to nominate john as permanent chair. [inaudible conversations] >> we have got a second. any other motions or do we have a motion to close the nominations? i hear a second. i will turn us over to dj.
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at this point i will step aside. >> so yeah, this'll take a vote on motion to close the nominations. all those in favor of closing nominations for permanent chair, please vote aye. all opposed? we will now move onto the election of the permanent chair. all those in favor of elect dean john jacobs and permanent chair this caucus, please vote aye. all opposed? the ayes have it. [laughter] >> thank you, mr. dreier. and now it is time i next stage of business is to elect a permanent secretary this evening. i will entertain motions for permanent caucus secretary. >> i vote to vote for bj dreier
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a secretary. >> a motion for mr. matthew. we have a second from joel. a motion to close nominations. we have a second for that. on favor of closing nominations, signify by saying aye. opposed penne. the ayes have it. we now know for two proposed election of mr. brian dreier as permanent caucus secretary. all in favor please signify by saying aye. opposed? the ayes have it. congratulations, mr. dreier. as secretary i have the great povich and judy evans struck ennio to report on form eight of what issues transpired. one last piece of business for a
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call for speeches i will reintroduce to you, mr. dreier, who will pass a lincoln bag. >> alright. i would like to pass around what is known as lincoln bag, just to differentiate the cost of putting on the caucus. please give generously. if you do happen to give a gift of over $10, we'll need to have your name and address with that for tax purposes. so i will pass these around. and while he doing that, we are going to take a short recess. we have our neighbors elsewhere in the high school, several dozen of them who are caucus
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dean this evening and they've expressed an interest in joining mass for the various speeches of the candidates and of course they will recess back for their votes. the vote will be coming up shortly. just a few minute recess while we passed things around. we will call the other caucus and momentarily. thank you. [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations]
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>> thank you for patients and hospitality. we are going to have a full auditorium here. [inaudible conversations]
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[inaudible conversations] >> we are just about ready to resume here, folks. ladies and gentlemen, would you agree with me on one thing as we proceed this evening? tonight, here in iowa marks the
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beginning of the end of the obama administration. [applause] ladies and gentlemen, we had some tremendous republican presidential candidates this year. i am proud of each and every one of them. and we are going to take a poll here very shortly as neighbors and friends in based on our due diligence and our consciences and the best of our intellects, we are going to help process that decision-making. and later tonight we are going to elect county convention delegates to further that process and continued up forward. so tonight, i'm we have something speakers this evening who will be talking. we also have some speakers this evening who may come up ad hoc
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and make a presentation that way. so let me first: ask here if there is anyone here that would like to see this evening on behalf of michelle bob and? -- michelle bob and -- anyone here would like to speak for michelle bachmann this evening? gas commissary. would you like to have a microphone? that would be the best way to have you wired here, sir. and then a few kindly state your name for a file, that would be great. about three minutes will be the allotted time this evening. >> name is richard weaver and the reason i came out to speak about michelle bachmann is that we all think that with the news
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media that has been going on in iowa, that there are a few candidates that cannot make it. but i had this discussion with my wife. i think that anybody that is a candidate can beat obama. that is the positive thing that i think all of us should consider here tonight. michelle bob then, i don't know her. she doesn't know me. i haven't called up on no committee member or nothing, but i think she should reconsider in this respect. anyone can beat obama. she is a woman. does this country want a woman is a president? issue smart enough? yes, she is. guess i think she has got the capability and talent to use what she needs.
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in other words, if its defense commie talk to your officers. you don't act like you know it all. anything like that she is capable. any candidate is capable of may have to use resources. just like you farmers out there when you have a bigger track here, you can do more territory. so that is why i come up a little nervous tonight, but i think that michelle, give her a chance. like i say, she may not be for everybody, but i think -- i know she can beat obama. any of them can. and i think that is what we need. i think that she does not the money that the other candidates have, that she has our vote and the state of iowa is setting the stage for the candidates. or does she get lost in everything? not saying that all of them, just like this gentleman said, all the candidates are good. but i just kind of like her.
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i kind of like what she is going for us. she's not a big politician, but i think she is honest. and that is what we are looking for is an honest person. so think about that when you're voting today. we are looking for honesty and morals in this country. give her a shot. thank you. [applause] >> thank you, richard. you did just fine. [applause] we'll open the floor up now. is there anyone here that would like to speak on behalf of new gingrich, former speaker of the house newt gingrich? ..
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>> good evening everyone. my name is gerard and i along with my colleagues are here to lend our support for representative dr. paul. dr. paul term in the united states congress he never voted to raise taxes. he's always supported second amendment rights and never voted for increase in congressional salary. he never voted for bailouts nor did he vote for obamacare. representative paul has consistently favored the protection of our currency of
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the united states by opposing the intersection of the federal reserve, which is hurting the value of our dollar through its artificial manipulation of the money supply and the interest rates will bring our economy into a false sense of security. ron paul is a man who's always opposed to field keynesian economic philosophy and dedicated capitalist free-market economics outlined by the austrian school long ago. representative paul has and was devoted to protect us from the government interfering in the lives of private citizens such as internet regulation along with the unjustified government regulations that are to a crippling small businesses. representative paul's economic plan would cut $1 trillion in his first year of office and cut wasteful government spending as well as the overextended federal work force putting a stranglehold on our tax dollars. representative paul has always opposed unsustainable entitlement programs and even spoke of the realistic of stock option for social security. although honda often for his foreign policy many forget that representative paul has served
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honorably in the nation's military and has much support from both veterans and active duty servicemen. representative paul has inspired me at a young age to go out and make a difference and i hope that he will inspire many others to the same. thank you for your time, and god bless. [applause] >> good evening. my name is brandon thomas and i'm a grain merchandiser and i pretty speech tonight but i think i'm just going to shoot from the hip. i agree with the previous speaker who came up and talked about michele bachmann. i do hope that all the candidates can come out and beat obama, but i'm not optimistic. i think he had a lot of tricks up his sleeve and a lot of media support out there and, you know, we are still in a television age and they can influence a lot of people who don't pay attention. i think the key believe to be in obama is having a consistent constitutional conservative who has a record of its third year record like dr. paul of being
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consistent and saying what he believes his actions kind of follow what he says, and i think that he's probably the only one who really as the apparatus and can contain and support to go out here and get the nomination to win the general election. so not only the support of all the republicans but also to give the much needed support of independence and democrats and other republican party is to be the party of the big ten. so i think we need to have open arms and try to get some of these people who might be misguided by the education system out there today and the unions and the media who want to as bells all of these ideas and, you know, bring them back into our tent so i think he's a degette spokesman of doing that. he's pro-life. he was a oig dvr -- ob/gyn by trade and delivered 6,000 babies over the course of his career and protect life and liberty and individual freedom so that's why i'm supporting ron paul and i hope you deutsch too tonight. thank you.
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[applause] >> hello my name is john and i just wanted to thank sean for allowing all three of us to speak. we really do appreciate being able to take part in the space process, and thanks to gwen as well. he said a lot of studies over the constitution and has helped me a lot first in my understanding of it as well. so, and thanks to everyone for coming out. i'm not going to shoot from the hit because i don't think anybody here really wants to hear that so i will just get right down to what i have written down. but thanks to other speakers as well. so the eyes of the nation are now focused on you as they look for guidance in the presidential election and as everyone here i am sure can agree this election is very crucial in determining the future path of our country. we truly do live in historic times when we are now at a crossroads, and it has a lot to
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do with the factor country has been kicking the can down the road for far too long. we are quickly approaching a point where if we don't deal with our financial realities, then it will destroy us. our debt is currently at $15 trillion, which is equal to our gdp. and this probably doesn't mean a lot, you know, to most of us that many economists point to this as the point of no return. this is the moment where if we continue down this path it becomes unsustainable. so, four more years is not acceptable. it will be too late. if we go on for four more years we can look at greece, and that's the reality that we will face. ron paul distinguishes himself from the rest of the candidates because he fully understands this reality. it is the debt of dr. paul's in sight that has guided his voting in congress. and ron paul has earned the nickname of dr. no for his willingness to vote all alone
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against bills not granted to the federal government in the u.s. constitution. ron paul got into politics in the early 1970's because he believed in the early 1970's when they dealing cover currency from the gold standard that would usher in an era of big government and big spending. ron paul was right. since that time he has been advocated for limited government and financial sanity. in 1976, he was one of the four congressmen who stood up and endorsed ronald reagan, another staunch conservative firebrand while the establishment republicans were supporting gerald ford. in 2002, five years before the housing collapsed, ron paul introduced legislation to avert it. he predicted the house and bubble to the tee. he also predicted that the dot com bubble and the collapse of 2008 because he understands the mechanisms which caused it. no other candidate has had this foresight into the economic consequences of our government's
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actions. and that is what has led him to never vote for a tax increase, never vote for an unbalanced budget, and he is opposed to every bailout every time. and this is why he is named the taxpayers' best friend by the american taxpayers association. now i can sit here all day long briefing on and on about paul's record, but unfortunately time and you guys probably don't want me to. but i would -- it would be an on justice if i didn't mention one last issue and that is dr. paul's believe in life. dr. paul understands that in order to protect liberty, you must first protect life. dr. paul takes a staunch pro-life stance and believes in the repeal of roe v wade. his chosen profession is bringing new life into this world, and he has delivered over 4,000 babies and has 5,000 children and 17 grandchildren of
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his own. in closing, i would like to point out that ron paul does not take these stances because of political convenience for special-interest pressures. he has stood strong on these issues because he knows that this is what is best for the american people. you see, isn't about electing some all-powerful all knowing leader with perfect hair and a strong. it is not a person that we need, it is the rule will fall. it is the constitution. and dr. paul stance with the constitution every time. now i encourage you to stand with dr. paul and stand with the constitution. please vote ron paul and thank you very much. [applause] >> thank you, gentlemen. i would now call for any spokespeople for rick perry.
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anyone here who would like to speak for rick perry. mr. perry? in a surrogate at it this evening for mitt romney. anyone who would like to speak for mitt romney this evening? yes? welcome and then please, just identify yourself. welcome to the caucus. >> good evening. my name is beth shuman. i'm here on behalf of mitt romney. and what i would like to start off with is it is a great opportunity today and responsibility that all u.n. has in starting the process of replacing barack obama. i am proud that iowa gets to be the first and i'm proud of or voice will be heard all over america. this is a serious time for america and is a serious time for a change. i am voting for mitt romney, and i am here to ask you to join me.
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i am convinced that he is prepared for the difficult task at hand. jobs and the economy are the most important issue in america, and mitt romney is the only republican with the experience and the real economy creating jobs. his jobs plan as bold, sweeping and detailed. he knows exactly what he will do on the one, reduce taxes, spending, regulation and government programs. key will increase trade and domestic energy production. he will ensure that american workers are prepared for the jobs of the 21st century economy. he will repeal obamacare because it is a bad law and it is bad policy. he will finally stop union bosses from standing in the way of economic growth. more than any other candidate, he knows how to lead america back to the opportunity to decide we should be, as opposed to the entitlement society barack obama is intending on creating. as a conservative businessman,
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romney created thousands of jobs in the private sector for many successful businesses. domino's and stables are a few familiar names i think of. mitt romney as key to the success of those and dozens of other companies. and that's because mitt romney understands leadership. every leadership opportunity he has had, he has been successful at. he has led successful companies, he has led the olympics back from the brink of scandal and bankruptcy. he led the state of massachusetts by cutting taxes 19 times and eliminating a 3 million-dollar deficit and replacing it with a $2.3 billion rainy day fund. he did that with the legislation of an 85% democrat. that's leadership in my book. i am voting for mitt romney because he lives the values of every day. with ann by his side of 42 years he has been a great father and husband, a leader in his church and community, and i know he
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will never do anything a president that would embarrass the office or our country. as for the current occupant of the white house, barack obama's message sounds a lot like it could have been worse. well, mr. president, it certainly could have been a lot better and we need a conservative leader who knows what to do, rather than putting our faith in the government, mitt put our faith in the american workers and the american innovation. it's no wonder the white house has focused all of their tax criminally on mitt romney. they know, like i know, he is the toughest opponent that they could possibly face. if you want to send a message to barack obama, and i know i do, send it by voting for one candidate they fear more than any other. joining me today to cast your vote for mitt. he is ready from day one to lead us back to a great nation. thank you. [applause] >> thank you. thank you. now, mr. dryer if i could call
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you up and going to temporarily surrendered the chair here to you as i will last to be the speaker for senator rick santorum this evening. >> do we have any surrogates for senator santorum plight? [laughter] i recognize you to come forward. >> good evening again. my name is john jacobson, and tonight on the in here to vote for rick santorum. rick santorum, a faithful husband, a home-schooled that seven children and former u.s. senator from pennsylvania. it's tempting to believe this presidential nomination is simply political. that if we nominate a candidate
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who has raised the most money or attracted the most attention we would defeat president obama and our country would be great once again. but to believe this, we must turn our eyes from history. we would have to forget the nature of the problem we face and the conservative cause for which we are fighting. we would have to abandon the issues that have defined us and resigned our movement to perpetual defeat, conceding to the pundits and the political class that all we need is a conservative to win the primary election and a moderate to win the general election. and once this petition is elected, we will solve our feet and wonder why we keep losing. some have suggested we stop talking about life, family in biblical values. they argue that voters are more concerned with jobs, cutting spending, and in limiting the size of government.
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yet it cannot explain how to limit government without a moral code that binds us and constrains the passions of men. they have no answer for john adams, who said our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. it is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. these moral issues are the basis for our constitution. and our american way of life. to stop fighting for these issues is to compromise the very and a legal rights endowed by our creator that led our founders to revolution. asking us to surrender these issues is asking us to stop being americans. we do not need a compromise. what we need is a warrior. there is one candidate in this race whose character is beyond reproach whose achievement for
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our movement are many and who can be trusted to lead us into battle and win. as glenn bac has said, if i have to trust the reins of power with one person coming in if there is one guy out there who is the next george washington, the only guy that i can think of his rick santorum. ladies and gentlemen, it was rick santorum who ended partial birth abortions in america. he forced the only vote on the federal marriage amendment. he ended a federal entitlement program. he was described as the tea party candidate before there was a tea party. he hasn't just fought, he's fought and won. this is why rick santorum is vilified by the radical left, and as has been said, a man is known by his enemies. rick santorum has taken a rose for our cause, leading rush
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limbaugh to say, quote, if rick santorum were elected president, i wouldn't have won doubt any day what he would be fighting for, not one. in of quote. rick santorum has invested in iowa holding over 350 public events and reaching all 99 counties two months ago. no one has outworked rick santorum. we have a privilege in iowa to be the first in the nation. we don't have to settle. we have the duty to lead. tonight rooms like this all across iowa we have the special opportunity to catapult a true conservative for your to the top of the national poll and send a message to the rest of the country and the political class that we will not surrender. we have found hour for your and rick santorum is the one we have
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been looking for. join with us tonight and cast your vote for rick santorum. [applause] >> i will now turn the chair back over to mr. jacobson. >> thank you. now at this point this evening we will recess the other caucus to their present and we will retain our caucus here in this precinct, and we will begin to fill out the balance for the voting for the presidential caucus. this will take a few minutes. you have all been handed your pre-printed ballot and will fill those out accordingly.
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and then what we will do is we will have account. we are going to have three people independently audited the count this evening. you're going to have mr. fraiman previously announced, we are going to have mr. mick gutah, chairman of the treynor state bank and president of the national federal home loan bank council and also we are going to have the county sheriff, jeff danker and also with those three independent observers during the count, we are asking any surrogates who have spoken for any of the candidates here to invite them or at least one of the members to independently audited the veracity of the vote counting this evening. so, at this juncture we will go ahead and begin to fill out the ballots. this has the republican party logo on it. first of the nation republican party of iowa 2012 caucus. republican party of iowa. the choices are as follows.
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michele bachmann, newt gingrich, jon huntsman, ron paul, rick perry, mitt romney, rick santorum. there's also space for a write-in. you may begin filling in your ballots. why don't you come up and dismissed. kieth, what you, and dismiss your group, that would be fine. >> thank you. would the members of the washington and york precincts please return to the comments area of the high school and we will continue our business for our caucus at that time. thank you very much.
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[inaudible conversations] if you would like to sit at the table while we are awaiting our secretary here. mr. secretary, if you would like to sit down here and help us. he's going to supervise that one over there. very good. we will just start --
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>> do you have a pen? >> i do. let me pull out the first ballot here. bachmann, huntsman, to the cup. paul. perry. romney. santorum. this is the first ballot. if you and glen wood record those as we go about here. and then we will put the cards
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there. mitt romney. rick perry. ron paul. rick santorum. rick perry. rick santorum. ron paul. rick santorum.
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ron paul. rick santorum. newt gingrich. rick perry. rick santorum. mitt romeny. mitt romeny. ron paul. michele bachmann. mitt romney. rick santorum. rick santorum.
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mitt romney. mitt romney. rick santorum. rick santorum. rick santorum. the rick santorum. rick santorum. rick santorum. newt gingrich. ron paul. mitt romney. newt gingrich. jon huntsman.
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rick santorum. rick santorum. ron paul. the rick santorum. rick santorum. rick santorum. mitt romney. rick santorum. rick santorum. mitt romney. rick perry. newt gingrich. ron paul.
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rick perry. mitt romney. ron paul. mitt romney. mitt romney. newt gingrich. rick santorum. newt gingrich. rick santorum. mitt romney. mitt romney. newt gingrich. michele bachmann. mitt romney.
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mitt romney. michele bachmann. rick santorum. rick santorum. mitt romney. mitt romney. rick santorum. mitt romney. mitt romney. rick santorum. mitt romney. michele bachmann. newt gingrich. newt gingrich. ron paul. mitt romney. rick santorum.
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rick santorum. mitt romney. michele bachmann. ron paul. ron paul. ron paul. rick santorum. michele bachmann. rick santorum. rick santorum. rick santorum. newt gingrich. newt gingrich.
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mitt romney. mitt romney. mitt romney. rick santorum. rick santorum. rick santorum. rick santorum. rick santorum. ron paul. rick santorum. michele bachmann. newt gingrich. rick perry. mitt romney. rick santorum.
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rick santorum. newt gingrich. mitt romney. mitt romney. rick santorum. rick santorum in one spot. mitt romney second, paul and newt gingrich tied in third. it appears that the first count. rick santorum, first, mitt romney, second, paul and newt gingrich tied for third. i will announce the total study audience and a make the official tabulation to des moines. just again so that we have the ascent of mr. freeman, the
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sheriff, the observers, our president secretary -- >> [inaudible] >> sure, that would be fine. rick santorum, 41, mitt romney, 32, ron paul and newt gingrich at 13, bachmann, seven, perry, six, huntsman, one. rick santorum winds, mitt romney, second, paul and newt gingrich third. i will have use i met with the secretary and announce the results to the caucus and we will make the call to des moines. we will go ahead and announce
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these. [inaudible] >> may be that we could do it this time, sheriff, why don't we put those all in my hat and secure those until we take a break here that would be great. congratulations to you folks over there. a very excellent job. this was a great process. thank you very much. this is pristine. it's great to be in iowa. glenn, mr. freeman, we appreciate your efforts greatly. thank you for all you've done, glenn, to advance the constitution and thanks for all you do to help our community here. we appreciate it. >> you're welcome.
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the important things you have to do, tonight we have to advance folks to the county convention which ultimately will elect delegates to the national convention as we complete this process. so now comes some delicate work. the sheriff is going to hold that. thank you. ladies and gentlemen, i think you for your patience. thank you, mr. freeman, sheriff, a permanent secretary mr. dreyer
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and our candidate surrogates who observe this and everybody has given their ascent to the vote total. i will send another shot around the world, ladies and gentlemen. tonight in this precinct here in treynor, in seventh place, governor huntsman was one vote. in sixth place, governor perry with six votes. and fifth place, with congressman bachmann seven votes tied for third place, we have a tie, congressman ron paul and speaker newt new gingrich 13 votes apiece tie for third. in second place, governor mitt romney with 32 votes.
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and later this evening of the republican precinct caucus in treynor, iowa, keg creek silver creek senator rick santorum is the winner with 31 votes. [applause] we've thank the surrogates and at this point in time, now it is incumbent upon me to make the call to des moines for our official tabulation of the results will be reported here telephonically which will also be covered by the media and i will last mr. freeman, again, and sheriff dagger if you'd like to be in attendance for the call to lecturer the reported correctly. we will convene momentarily to select these delegates now to the county convention and also the central committee and we will be right back.
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[inaudible conversations] do you have the actual form why don't we just bring back in here, too and make sure we have
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that. permanent secretary, when you record that for us, the vote total is on the form. that's the official dhaka and that will be used for the tally. what happens now is statewide in this very hour almost all of the caucus at this time have taken the presidential poll. some have had longer speeches by
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surrogates, some have larger audiences and some of the larger metropolitan areas so it takes them a little longer to tabulate the votes, but we are a part of a process will be replicated over a thousand times in the state tonight of calling in these tallies. the actual job for that falls upon the secretary. so mr. dryer will actually be phoning in the results. he is transferring the data that the sheriff and mr. freeman put that was tested from the tally for he's putting them on to a formal form e and then we will have mr. freeman and the share of total the numbers and corresponding. i will just look at this myself also. for 32 romney, that's correct. paul, 13. that's correct. newt gingrich, 13, that's
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correct. bachmann, seven, that's correct. rick perry, six. that's correct. huntsman, that's correct. i see these as correct, gentlemen, do you agree? i am now signing this. and we are keg creek/silver creek precinct, treynor high school in the county of potawatomi. would you take the chair please and placed a call on speaker if he would be so kind. and what you phone-in those
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results, please? we will try again. [telephone busy signal] why don't we just do one other thing here. let's see.
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>> let's try that one there. there are a lot of people calling right now. >> thank you for calling the republican party of iowa. this is derek. >> good evening. this is john jacobson the precincts chair for keg creek/silver creek here in treynor, all you what. we are attempting to phone-in our certification of the results at the 18,553,991,549 number. we are having trouble getting through. >> you just need to keep calling that number and eventually someone will answer. >> is it just because it is very busy? >> yes, sir. >> thank you. we just wanted to double check.
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thank you. >> thank you. >> [telephone busy signal] it may be awhile. >> there we go. >> republican party of iowa reporting center. please hold. please hold. we will be with you in a moment.
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hello. this is tina of the republican party of iowa reporting senator may have your name. >> my name is brian dreier. >> dreyer. what county are you calling from? >> potawatomi. >> p-o-t-t-a-w-a-t-t-m-i-e. >> what is the name? >> keg creek/silver creek. >> and the precinct? >> 78029. >> okay. i'm going to read the candidate
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names to you and after i read the candidate names please tell me how many votes they received for this precinct only. >> okay. >> michele bachmann. >> seven. >> kernan kaine? >> zero. >> newt gingrich. >> 13. >> jon huntsman. >> one. >> ron paul. >> 13. >> rick perry? >> six. >> speed? >> zero. >> mitt romney? >> 32. >> and rick santorum? >> 41. >> you have any for no preference? >> no, we do not. >> other? >> nope. >> are you providing results for another precinct? >> no i'm not. >> would you read those back to make sure we have got those correctly received? >> yes, i will.
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michele bachmann, seven. herman cain, zero. new gingrich, 13. jon huntsman, one. ron paul, 13. rick perry, six. mitt romney, 32. rick santorum, 41 and other and no preference for both zero. >> that's correct. >> okay. thank you. your results have been recorded. >> thank you very much. >> thank you. >> now we have done our task at hand and now we move into a second very important round, which is to elect the committee members as well as delegates for the candidates to the county convention. so we will resume -- and i thank and mr. freeman has a candidate for congress in the second congressional district nebraska and sheriff, thank you gentlemen very much. appreciate it. thank you very much.
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are you going to stay -- will you secure those and maybe get them in an envelope so we can get those secure? the would be great. that would be tremendous. now a little bit at hand of course. because this area has done such a good job in voting turnout, and also its representation in the elections, we do have central committee people that we can elect to the potawatomi county central committee. so at this juncture, i would like to entertain any motions for any people to be members of the central committee.
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each precinct in the county of course sends a delegation. the central committee members work to run the party in the county and their duties include attending committee meetings and working to build the republican party to elect more republicans to office. i will at this time accept any nominations for the potawatomi county central committee. any nominations from the floor? >> i will put in nomination the name of mr. brian dry year. yes. >> the issue for credit as a committee person. we have second for those motions? we have a multitude of seconds. that is to members. do we have any additional folks
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the would like to be members right now of the county's central committee from this precinct? matt, stelle duralast name. >> t-h-i-e-l. did we have another nomination? we are choosing four this evening. are you nominating mr. ball? we have a nomination for mrs. chris raney coming from terry ball. any second for the nomination? okay. do we have any motion at this juncture to close nominations and essentially elect a slate?
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>> [inaudible] >> mr. white, dennis seconds that. let's call the question. all in favor of closing nomination and this juncture please signify by saying aye. all opposed, say nay. the ayes have it. at this juncture then, let us take up the question, which is to elect the following four members keg creek/silver creek to the potawatomi county central committee. mr. bryan dreyer. mr. craig, matt thiel and chris raney. signify by saying ayes. opposed, signify by saying nay. the ayes have it. congratulations the new central committee members. [applause]
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mr. dreyer, you now can record those names on the form a sometime this evening and we will turn those in. now, very important, the potawatomi county convention will meet saturday, march 10th, 2012, at a location yet to be announced. all caucus attendees who want to become delegates to the potawatomi county convention need to inform their present secretary, mr. dreyer, to provide their name, physical address, phone number and e-mail address. the county convention delegate count will not be limited. stevan those of you tonight whose candidates did not win, a very important part of this evening is to attend the county convention because that is a process that continues to move forward toward the state convention ultimately the election of the national convention delegates. so, you may sign -- there are forms of the front entryway right now for the convention.
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some of you may have already signed to be delegates. any of those that have not signed up that would like to me do so at the conclusion of the evening. or you may see mr. dreyer during the course of this evening to do so. mr. dreyer, there is a form b for that of course. now, what i will mention we have had some young people here this evening. any jr under the age of 18 and any jr de leggitt wishing to attend, if they give their names and information to the present secretary, they will be admitted to the county convention and credentialed as junior delegates. i have to tell you one of the great roles for me was that in the 70's being a jr delegate at some of these different types of conventions. party platform resolutions. there were some forms at the onset this evening as you came
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in the door. this is a bottom-up type of process. with a party platform. we encourage your input, you're drafting coming your proposed text for submission to the county platform. a committee will look over that and have input further down the line. it will be local issues, very parochial interest. they can the impacts on the national interest. this moves through the precinct, the county to the district to the state and ultimately to the national convention. in this plot for resolutions will be given appropriate vetting and you can talk to any of the people in the county chairmanship or myself or mr. dreyer if you have any questions about that. so, there are also some county convention committee members. of those will be announced at a later date. those will be actual members of some of the committees. so that will be business will be taken care of leader.
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is there any other business for the good of the calls this evening? my goal was to be done and 90 minutes. i think we have almost achieved that. i wish to thank all of you for being here tonight. we had a tremendous crowd, very large crowd. we would like to thank treynor i school for their hospitality. we would like to thank especially the good people from cicione networks and c-span2 and this tremendous crude this evening. c-span is a gem. they are a diamond in the rough because they show comprehensive news coverage without shelter. you get to hear it from themselves of the newsmakers, and it is a superior way of providing journalism. without further ado i will call for the motion to adjourn. >> so ordered. >> mr. young moves and we have a second. maybe a colleague of second in
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the front. we have a second required. a voice vote is appropriate. all in favor signify by saying ayes. aye to be opposed, nay. motion to adjourn. thank you for attending tonight's caucus. we very much need your continued support for the republican efforts in this county during the next few years. there being no further business of this caucus, we adjourned. god bless you. have a good evening. merry christmas, happy new year. ..
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[inaudible conversations] >> here at this republican presidential caucus in treynor, iowa, rick santorum won the majority of votes followed by mitt romney, ron paul and newt gingrich. this is 100 gop caucuses in iowa tonight. we are going to kcc i -- kcci to
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m was t things are shaping up statewide.ha >> newt gingrich told them newtt gingrich ultimate 13%. rick perry with 10% and michele bachmann, 6%. you >> we go to the tabulation sonoran news channel eight mollie cooney is our correspondent and special guest. right now. >> i certainly do. under michael still.and to thank you for joining us tonight. all right. give us your field play-by-play rate now at this hour. >> well, i love the fact we are sitting here guessing and wondering and anticipating.me i think that is the perfect way , noo it here in iowa. no one one -- i want to make a statement about what rick santorum said about black people on 2 cents in iowa.
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if this many people is on food stamps, who is voting? newt gingrich is the smartest of the candidates, but he cannot be obama. the is the smartest of all of the gop. no one else can be obama -- beat obama. $50,000 is not a lot of money. it is considered middle class. when people vote republican, there are guaranteed to -- >> thank you for your call. next up is shane in memphis, tennessee. >> thank you for having me. i appreciate your show. i will be able to give away who i am for, but i have some questions. why is it that only one candidate brings up the constitution? have we given up on it? nobody else likes to talk about
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it? should we not live with the principles that make our country great? ron paul is the only one who brings up the u.s. constitution. >> we have a call from gainesville. >> thank you for having me. everybody talks about how obama -- i just heard somebody say that he speaks for the middle class. do you truly want a president who only speaks for the middle class, busbies weight every one of the same time. we all like the president writ what we only elected person who works for one part of the united states. i want someone who speaks for everyone and i think that is ron paul. it doesn't matter if your republican, libertarian, you like liberties. you want your freedoms have to say what everyone. none of the candidates have ever
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spoken of the mdaa bill. >> can i ask all of you are? >> i am 20. >> is this your first time falling presidential politics? >> ron paul cured my apathy. >> have you gone to see him in person? >> i am about to finish a petition for him to visit my campus. >> where you go to school? >> i go to gainesville state. >> thank you for phoning in tonight. >> cindy from sioux city, iowa. >> i just got back from the caucuses and it was awesome. >> tell us about your caucus. how many people were in sioux city and how did it turn out? >> we had two precincts at the assembly of god church.
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20 and 21. we came in, did the pledge of allegiance, had a prayer, and we were all there and talked about -- each person had a candidate come forward and have -- and talk about their candidate. many people came up there and spoke from their hearts, especially if someone was not represented. others came up and represented their candidate. >> did i just understand you had 20 people on the caucus? >> we had over 200. >> thank you. makes a big difference. how did it turn out in your precinct? >> in our precinct, mitt romney won. i think it was around 140. he won decisively. the other candidates were after
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that. >> who is your candidate? >> it was written on -- it was mitt romney. >> y de like mitt romney? but i think he is positive -- he is a positive person to come into our country and lead. we just need a change. >> have you participated in caucuses in the past? >> i did 14 years ago. >> you want to explain to people around the country while it works for iowa? >> we are so blessed that we have the candidates actually come into our communities and they can come in -- you have access to them if you want to go. it is nice to see them in person. also, i think that the candidates tend to communicate. you can ask any questions and
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they will respond. that type of thing. you get a lot of stuff on tv. it kind of made me upset that i was watching some of the channels and i think there were trying to downgrade iowa. we have so many people that care and we really have a wonderful state that really cares. we want to do the right thing and be able to voice our votes. >> overall, how many candidates did you see over the last few months? >> i only chose to see one, and that was mitt romney. i knew the other candidates. i had numerous opportunities to see them in sioux city. but i chose mitt and i am very
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impressed with him. it was not that i actually got to see him, i did some research on all of the candidates and he was the one that i chose. >> thank you so much for calling in and sharing your experience. sounds like a similar process to the one that we televised for people to night. the outcome there was decisive for mitt romney 3 we do have a line set aside for iowans tonight. if you're watching around the state, tell us about it. if you chose not to end like to talk about your politics and what you did not go to night, with our national audience, the line is below me on the screen. you can also get involved on our twitter page and our facebook page. we have updated results now. just a few more percentage points in.
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22% reported. it is pretty close at this point, with ron paul at 24%, rick santorum at 24%, and met ronnie at 22%. i am looking at a local newspaper. that have an ipad app. there are tabulating the results and it is a little bit more nuanced. los angeles is our next call. james is on the line. >> independence will get rid of the neocon gop if they're going to continue to run candidates to a defect from the party, the gop will louvre -- will lose. we do not need any more neocon gop candidates. whether mitt romney wins tonight or not, the gop as a wake-up
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call that there are a number of republicans, like myself, who became independent last year and were fed up with the liberal, neocon agenda. >> president obama did a video hookup with a number of the big democratic caucuses happening around the state. we have some video for you next. >> how are you guys? i miss you all. i understand that it is actually warmer 29 than it was four years ago. -- warmer tonight than it was four years ago. i am sure that means good things for the caucus. david was showing me an old advertisement from iowa, the last advertisement we did in the iowa campaign. other than pointing out how much more gray i am, how much older i look now than i did then, we
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were just remembering the incredible energy and excitement and the spirit of common purpose that those iowa caucuses represent. it was an example of how the campaign was not about one person. it was about all of us coming together to try to deliver the kind of change that has been talked about for a long time in washington, but all too often had not been delivered. it is because of you that i have had this extraordinary opportunity of working to try to deliver on that change. obviously, we did not know at the time how severe the economic crisis was going to be. we did not fully appreciate the worldwide magnitude of the financial crisis. but we knew, even then, that the
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middle class has been taking it for a long time, we have been trying to get the middle class back to the ladders that allow for mobility. they have disintegrated for a lot of people. we understood that what we were fighting for was an america where everybody had a fair shot, everybody did their fair share, and responsibility was rewarded. that the game was not fixed, that it was not raped. that people did the right thing and worked hard as some of the families do throughout iowa and the country. of work to got a lot do. think about the change the was accomplished because of those caucuses four years ago. we ended the war in iraq, as promised. our troops are coming home.
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because of the work so many of you did before the caucuses four years ago, health care is a reality for millions of americans. seniors have seen the price of prescription drugs lord. there are 2 million young americans who are able to keep their insurance even if they're not getting it through a job. we're going to be allowed to say to every american out there who has got a pre-existing condition, who got a raw deal from insurance companies, they will have some meaningful security. they're not going to be bankrupt. because of you and the work you did four years ago, there are millions of young people across the country who are able to get more affordable student loans. they are able to afford college and apply themselves so they can achieve a meaningful career with good wages and benefits. because of you, we have been able to end the policy of don't ask don't tell, so that any american who wants to serve this
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country will have that opportunity. across the board, whether it is fuel efficiency standards of cars, making sure that we have a more effective system to provide job training for people love lost their jobs, across the board, you have made a difference. we know we have a lot more work that we have to do. although we passed health care reform, we passed wall street reform, there are a lot of forces that pushed back against us and want to undo some of those changes. we are battling millions of dollars of negative advertising and lobbyists, special interests who do not want to see the change that you worked so hard to take root. that is why this time around it's going to be more important than the first time around. change is never easy.
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dealinglems we've been with, they did not happen overnight and we are not want to fix it overnight. we have been making steady progress. that is what this is all about. the only way we will be able to do that is if all of you maintain the same determination, the same energy, the same drive, hopefulness, optimism about this wonderful country of ours as was on display four years ago. because of you, because of all the memories i had being in your living rooms and meeting you in a diner, seeing you in a campaign office, i have never lost the same source of inspiration that drove me to embark on this journey in the first place. you guys inspire me every single day. i want us to remind each other
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that as much work as there may be out there bore us, there is nothing we cannot accomplish when determined citizens come together to make a difference. thank you, everybody. >> president barack obama addressing by video conference attendees at the by what democratic -- at the iowa democratic caucuses tonight. we are now looking at a tabulating center for polk county. we have updated results. 31% reporting. this is what it looks like right now. neck and neck for mitt romney, rick santorum, and ron paul. we are taking your phone calls, looking at your tweets, and taking some of your facebook messages tonight. we will continue updating results and show you some events with the candidates. here is a tweet from lisa about
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the iowa caucuses. "unfortunately the first states have too much sway. all should be able to gvote." >> it truly should matter who gets elected president. instead, we should work together to make a country a better place for everybody. right now, a look like the republicans are confused about who they want as their nominee. even though it is the first caucus state in the nation and all of that. obama is trying to do everything he can. he cannot do it alone. we all have to work together to make it better place and make sure that special address and big business stays out of the way. people should be able to work together to try to make the country a better place for everybody in all regards. that is all i want to say. >> thank you so much. one week from tonight, we will
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report results from the first primary election in new hampshire. our crews have been on the ground for several days to rid our coverage continues, showing you the candidates and the events and talking to local reporters coveri id the edia who in my opinion those guys speaking anti-rhetoric and it's not going anywhere. >> he's talking about policy,sh. how he will change america versus what is wrong with america, which everyone else is concentrating on. >> over your holiday break youo >> the wereot can help the campaign. is there something about that that is just kind of exciting and invigorating fore you? >> it's very exciting. i'm having a blast in getting f the campaign. i truly believe he's the difference maker in this country. >> both the budget, but also foreign policy ringing true to you in your age group?
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>> absolutely. they both coincide with oneof st another. half of the federal spending goes to overseas. we can't afford to do that because that's a $17 trillion i at we ever had. >> dan appellee is a 20 mitchellville student. thank you for joining us.imate can y a card of a younger hoell us wc group in ankeny getting ready in the next hour r or two to see dr. paul contactors supporters. expect in a crowd. third we will see what happens.ntorum. >> reporting live, thank you, eric.ck >> the latest numbers show stand.dings 31% precincts reporting at this point and apply three candidates still close in votehe totals. >> t forey, santorum and paul with 23%. >> second-tier not much of a change either. we have been here for five or 10 minutes. the newest numbers waiting to come in which gingrich at 13%.
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10% and bachmann at 6%.e been tr >> shell.and campaign has an update from the box thinking of. >> we are going to call them in just a moment.re are the let's give a chance for you disagr to talk about these three top candidates because they know you have been seeing things there andco have some thoughts on this beree-way tie. >> remember, we've essentially three elements to the republican yarty rightti now. ron paul element is somewhat disconnected in certain ways, so or cs there by himself with this huge influx of independents bivoring him. but then you have romney wpresenting the more traditionallye corporate and wl nobody else on that site at the moment. but then there's this contest not sly lo a year now overit i o would eat the main religious ane
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social conservative alternative mney. o ro and michelle bach than thought she would be an rick perry ando herman cain for a wild thought he would be, but obviously they seem to be coming home at least in pretty goodor numbers to rics santorum. >> that's what happens to the tl second-tier candidates. >> yeah, and the closing days,tn bachmann in. it targeted constituency ofabous religion very strongly. the fact they are separated by a pretty good number, didn't work. to lease based on the numbers sothe far. >> thank you very much. right now want to go to cynthia voter who been covering theinne. bachmann campaign headquarters tonight. let's see cynthia's report.m >> kevin stacy, michelle schmann has told supporters she gs going upto pull off a caucuy
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surprise. doesn't look like there's any surprise so far. she is pretty much coming in just about the same place she has been in the polls. eric olsen, campaign manager here in response to the number seen coming in right now.>> rb we are continuing to watch du numbers. obviously disappointed at thiso point come up in the candidate will continue to move out. but we know it was a tough field. we knew it is going to be avenging the three candidates at the top, three at the bottom and now they say hoping to work our way closer to other candidates on our tier. >> you were telling me earlieroa he would like to at least hear . the double digits. >> absolutely. if we see the candidates bunched up together, it does help us decide as we go on to south carolina and it hopes to bring, you know, the candidates together so that they really do have i'm kind of equally to south carolina and new hampshire. >> entrance polling seemed to
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show that the evangelicals were splitting their vote between ro. paul and rick santorum. what you think that is?y >> it is disappointing to see that happen. we felt she had to best record of evangelicals.real cause i know most of the evangelical how ca had trouble with the idea of voting for a woman, whether it was their interpretation of the bible, whether it was others reasons, their sense was they were going to pick up a male candidate in the end. we may have been seeing some of that. >> will be talking to a bit later. eric olsen with the bachmann campaign. >> sandia, thank you very much. some say winning the iowa caucus will come to one group and that is a christian evangelical. >> how this voting bloc became so influential. >> evangelical christians make up 26% of the nation's population, but in the iowa
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caucus come evangelicals wield much more clout.e have top theater passes the president of one of the most important christian groups in the state. >> the reason they're such a power-play and i do it is theyn are concerned about the issues. since iowa goes first in the country and select team the next president of the saints, they to identify us with the integrity of the candidates. >> those conservative values we arehowing stion in gay marriage. >> by gods grace, children canod once again pray in the schools not thrica. >> televangelist pat robertsone came out to place second in iowa. evangelicals have since been "ya mainstay in iowa politics. this year a slate of gop can only with newt gingrich on his third marriage than a personal r eality pledge. michele bachmann and rick santorum reported heavily as
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leaders and rick parry preached from the pulpit at the point ofe grace church in des moines. >> i stand before you today as a flawed man. our center has been saved by the grace of god. >> white evangelicals have so much influence in iowa? >> they represent caucus goers.o in 2008, 119 dozen iowanse participated in the gop caucuses. a full 60% identified as evangelical christians. they helped prepare mike huckabee, former arkansas governor and baptist preacher to win in the hawkeye state. have >> i love iowa a whole. [cheers and applause] >> drake university professor,i, dennis cofer says for years evangelicals sat on the sidelines, but issues like prayer in school led to a new activism. te-night teentoe la 70s that much of modern delega society and particularly with
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regard to the federal government and federal courts for a saltine or challenging the traditional l ways of life that conservative evangelicals had enjoyed. group. ... that is the difference. >> that is why i am seeing different straw poll results. thank you for that. i appreciate it. >> thank you for watching. next is jerry from palm city, florida. james in lima, ohio. >> all of these ron paul supporters calling in, do they have any idea that his -- him and his son, 60% of their patients were on medicare, like most doctors. their idea is to either
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privatize medicare or eliminate it, hopefully. they have not said one word about whether the payroll tax is a good idea. whether it is a better idea to give millionaires and billionaires their $100,000 per year tax cut. i just wonder how the ron paul they think the government is terrible. all government, and romney has 14%. rick perry and gingrich, 14% and 13%. so there's an element of fragmentation. >> i'm wondering -- no way to figure this out -- in the register poll that came out, they asked people do you consider yourself a fundamental list born again christian and 41% said yes, likely caucus
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goers. the difference is almost 20% -- 24% difference between 58% and 34%. so, i'm just trying to figure out why all of a sudden the number seems to go back up. >> could have had a lot of people who hadn't thought they were going to caucus, or the differences in the polling sample. but this particular sample, we could say if this is right, they were wrong. but if this is wrong, they were right. so we talked about this earlier. several days from the end of the poll to the actual caucus day today, and not only was there room for people to shift or go from undecided to somebody else. there's also room for people to decide they would go to a caucus. >> the other thing about the poll, the last two days, if you take the last two days, santorum would be 22 or 23, and we would
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have the three-i way tie,. >> i understand we have some new numbers in. >> a lot of commentators saying the conservative evangelicals or religious conservative wouldn't be as important this time around. clearly they are. they're a significant element of the iowa republican party. >> thank you, dennis. we have been stuck at 31% of precincts reporting. we are now up to 46%. let's look at the latest numbers here. >> rick santorum is the numbers leader right now. and he is leading by about 100 votes over mitt romney. it's still statistically 24% apiece. ron paul is now in third, at 22%. again, we're approaching 50% of the precincts right now. >> now we want to check in with patrick bell who is live with the rick perry camp tonight.
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>> yes. governor rick perry just arrived at the sheraton in west des moines, after two lengthy campaign stop. as you can see he is preparing to doon interview with a national network. obviously not tonight -- at least it's shaping up to be not the night governor perry hoped for or expected, sitting firmly in fifth place with 10% of the vote. obviously he was hoping to be in the upper tier category, but he is well off the top pace of the coveted top three. what this will do for his campaign going forward, has yet to be seen. we hope to get governor perry and some of the surrogates supporting him. we'll have updates.
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>> we want to give you a look at the caucus process. >> marcus mcintosh filed this report a short time ago. earlier he was at a democratic caucus and there was a republican caucus going on there at lincoln high school. >> republicans caucusing right here at the lincoln high school auditorium. they're basing the vote on the person who stays consistent and has the same beliefs they do. >> my decision process was the most consistent, the person that i think holds good values, in my eyes. >> i'm looking for the person that i think is going to do the best job of reducing the size of the federal government. >> the main point we heard from republicans we spoke with was how important it is for them to caucus tonight no matter where their side is. the goal is to get their voice heard and vote cast to decide who will take on barack obama in november. >> this is the first time i ever voted, and it's important to be
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here because i would like to see america be restored. >> i think it's very important. i think that we, as iowans, setting the -- >> the ultimate goal is to make sure barack obama is a one-term president. >> thank you, marcus. looks to be another full republican caucus site. >> let's check again with our editorar car couldn'tist, and familiar to folks across the state. he is putting pen to paper and coming up with a little bit of a cartoon to supplement the evening for us. what are you coming up with? you're talking about this idea you had earlier about the trunk of the elephant. >> just finishing that up now. i haven't put the color on it. i use the that cartoon that was
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drawn initially by benjamin franklin, and what he tide was talk about the different states, but this one i have broken the truck of the elephant down to fiscal, consecutive, evangelicals, tea party members, and i put paulites in there because i can't really categorize where they would fall, and you can possibly say they might be a mixture of , some but they're somewhat of a protest vote, and there's a youth vote they're picking up as something that's going to be interesting to follow. and i think that's a separate part the whole piece. and i think the join or die thing is very important. if we have three candidates that come out of this state, republicans have three that are virtually tied -- it's going to be difficult to coe --
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coalesce -- rick santorum spent so much time -- it's fun to watch it come together. >> we want to take a look at the numbers. the latest numbers just in here, the republican caucus, rick santorum, 24%. mitt romney, 24%. ron paul, 22%. >> and looking at the second tier, a recent tweet from a political director from another network, says it's too close to call and they're going to wait for the final numbers. that's an indication how close tonight is. >> the iowa caucuses kick off the whole presidential caucus but not everybody state holds a caucus. many states hold primary. >> in caucus state you win delegates, bring them to the national convention. in a primary state, you win delegates, you bring them to the
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national convention. the goal and results are the same. the process could not be more different. >> every four years, we have to pick a president. we have to pick a nominee based on the system we have. i think there's great value in it. the caucus process is crazy. it's fun. and some ways it's democracy as basic as you can get it. the rick perry people organize over there the mitt over there the ron paul, santorum, gingrich, and so on. and you go in your corner and there's a captain appoint, and there are 200 people in the room and the captain says you have 20, he has four, you have two. you have to meet a certain threshold so you see people on the phone talking to people at the next caucus site. there's trading sites. and the statewide office does
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trades, i only need three more people. until you get to a point where everybody is organized and you have to then divy up the votes. >> in a primary you go and drop your ballot in, one person, one vote. iowa and new hampshire have fiercely protected their tradition as the first caucus state and the first primary state. iowa and new hampshire are not like most of america. that's their statement in the sense they're overwhelmingly white. how did a lilly white state get to be so important? why should independents get to influence the republican or the democratic primaries? that's not fair, but if you look at participation, there's value in candidates having to go to town halls and take questions
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from everyday americans over the course of weeks and months and that's part of the tradition, too. >> officially the idea of all these races is to get enough delegates to have leverage at the national convention, and at the national convention, simple math. you have enough delegates, you win the nomination. in modern times it hasn't worked that way. never in our life time have we been at a convention where we didn't know who the nominee would be. you get to the point where somebody starts winning and by the time you get to the convention, that deales done. >> and now we want to check in with todd, who is live with the mitt romney campaign. he has couple of familiar faces to talk with. >> they're familiar faces, donna brazil and mary mat lynn. donna, a consult tan for the democratic party, and mary a
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consultant for the republican party. they know everything you want to know about politics. let's start with donna. you're a democrat. you're in foreign territory here. what is your take on the results coming in tonight, donna? >> first of all, it's a three-person race. we knew it was going to be a very close race. rick santorum getting a lot of much-needed momentum over the last ten days. three people will get a nice first class ticket out of the iowa caucuses and see what happens in new hampshire. >> of the three, put you on the spot here -- which one is barack obama going to want to fight? >> barack obama would like to win the state in the fall so he is going continue to fight for middle class families here in the state of iowa and fight for education and a better economy. we're ready to take on any of the republicans who come out of the primary process. >> thanks, donna, mary, let me ask you. you're closer to what is happening tonight.
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any surprises? >> the surprise is how much of the old rules are true. organization matters, santorum went to all 99 counties. every vote counts, iowans repart people would work hard to get their vote. so good for you, iowa. >> we got a lot of guff for being a grassroots state, but it does work, as rick santorum found out. he has been everywhere for years. >> yes, and i'll say, in the case of barack obama and the last cycle and tonight, really involves young people. even the straw poll. i remember going to ames, otherwise, and pulling the kids out of the frats frats and soro. >> if we have a three-way tie will new hampshire pick the one that goes on or are we still
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close? >> well, romney is now way over 40% in new hampshire. he his strategy here was to just be where he is, not to get hart. we have different process in the republican party selecting delegates. it goes on for a while, but romney continues to amass support through florida, so going to be hard-pressed to carry on. >> a long process on the republican side. >> we'll see president barack obama back here. he has an organization -- i don't think people i aware how big it is. >> eight campaign offices. the republicans will leave tomorrow, the democrats intend to stay until november. >> iowa, you're the epicenter for the general election. we're never leaving. >> we love it. you heard it from the horse's mouth. thanks for joining us live on channel 8. we'll be here covering romney the rest of the night. >> we have an update in the
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numbers. 2% or so. we're now approaching 50% of the precincts reporting, and rick santorum has a numbers lead. statistically still close to mitt romney, both with roughly 24% of the vote. ron paul in third had 22. >> gingrich with 13, rick perry at 10% and michele bachmann 6%. >> ron paul in third place with 22% of the vote so far. what you got for us, eric? >> we have been hearing for a long time that youth has been a stronghold for the ron paul campaign. the evidence of that is starting to show up behind me in this campaign headquarters, the crowd is growing and people are starting to leave their caucus site and show up here at the ron paul headquarters. there's a lot of youth here and a lot of them are campaign workers who have been coming from out of state and working on the paul campaign, and they
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showed up earlier. the iowans are starting to trickle into the room, and the age demographics in the room are different than a lot of other campaign headquarters of a lot of other senatorial or gubernatorial campaigns across the state. this is a young crowd. we have been seeing that. that's backed up by the entrance polls we have been deciphering. of those under the age of 30, upper teens and 20s, who showed up at the campaign caucus sites tonight, almost half of them, 48%, actually caucused for ron paul. a very strong youth organization in the ron paul movement. another evidence of that? those people who had never caucused before, of those people who have never been to a caucus before, 35% of them cast their votes tonight for ron paul. those are big sites. no other campaign had anything close to that as far as numbers are concerned. so, tonight we expect to see a lot of young people here, and those people are showing up. they're getting ready to see the
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candidate come out in a little bit. we understand the campaign folks who are working on this campaign are meeting in another part of the hotel, getting their game plan together for when to come out and things like that. we expect to see that in the next couple of hours. right now they're feeling good because they're right near the top. obviously more than half of the votes yet to come in. the folks at the paul campaign are excited about what is going to happen, whether it's one, two, or three. their among the top tier caminiti -- campaigns. >> rick perry is in the second tier right now. let's go to patrick bell with the latest. >> texas governor rick perry arrived 15 minutes ago here at the sheraton west des moines, and he is busy greeting his supporters and volunteers tonight. we have a special guest with us. matt whittaker, a rick perry supporter. thanks for taking time with us. your reaction so far?
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it's early in the night. what do you draw from these totals right no? >> not to make a cliche but depends whan end of the elephant you're looking at. my presink, a tremendous turnout, 25% more than four years ago, which was blown out the door. we moved into a bigger room this year other. places i'm hearing there's less turnout. so i don't know -- right now it's early. >> we lost the signal right there. obviously. we'll get back to patrick bell at perry headquarters right now. >> let's bring in dennis goldberg. dennis, any ideas or thoughts on the numbers you're seeing? we still have a really tight one-two-three. >> cowboying -- counting precinct, 49% in that's not the same as 49% of the vote. but i'm counting, before we
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flipped, i was counting 52% -- i'm sorry -- 52-53,000 caucus votes. if we double that -- we don't know who has come and or not -- that's only 105,001, 06,000. we could have bigger precincts come in but we don't know nat for sure. but in that particular interview with matt whittaker, suggesting in some precincts it very crowded, some not so crowded. so it's hard to get a feel where the turnout number is going to come in. >> does that mean maybe some folks were just not motivated, not feeling the energy to hit the caucus sites tonight? >> if we don't even hit -- again, it's too soon to say that. if woe don't hit the number of last time, 118,000, 119,000 republicans, i don't know how to read that in any other way other than to say a lot of republicans
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weren't thrilled with the choices on the menu. >> thank you very much, dennis. we want to check in over at the michele bachmann campaign. she has 3,000 votes. that's 6% of the vote right now. and obviously a very disappointing situation for the folks at the bachmann campaign. cynthia is there with the state director of the bachmann campaign. >> you said it. a few supporters starting to fill in right now. this room is anything but crowded. people coming back from the caucuses. brad just stepped in the room, the campaign director, and, brad, 6%. that's what we have seen in the polls last weekend. you were hoping to see her in the top three. >> absolutely. a little disappointed. the good news is, from what i can tell, it's a great turnout. people's voices have been heard. there's no candidate that worked any harder than michele bachmann. i travel with her a lot, and the last few days, we were starting
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at 4:00 in the morning and end agent 10:00 at night and we did the 899 county tour. i thought that would get people going and certainly we went to all 99 counties in all ten days. but the people saw something different. i still believe in her. i'd do it all again. it's all new to me as far as presidential politics but a great experience. >> do you think the evangelical vote seemed to all decide to go towards santorum? >> well -- yeah. indications -- i would not say ron paul. definitely think that possibly we lost some votes to -- there's a lot of good candidates in this race, and as you can tell from the result is have seen, it's a pretty darn close race at the top. i'm proud of the campaign we ran. we ran a positive campaign, and didn't get into this until the last week, but always been
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supportive of her since last year, and you move on. this is just one state. >> do you think she peaked too early? she won the straw poll and was on top. >> we did. we had a great organization going into the straw polls. i think there's a lot of things going on with the media, she -- she is a brilliant person. most importantly, there's no candidate that looks all the voters in the eye and had a conversation with them. i certainly thing there were mistakes made after the straw poll, but that's when governor perry got in and some momentum slipped away a little bit. >> will she continue on from sneer we understand she does have a ticket to south carolina. >> i haven't talked to michele in the last hour, and i would -- based on the conversations i had with her earlier, they're going to south carolina and they're target is there and that's the next state they're going to compete in, and i think she's going to do very well from here on out. >> not ready to give up just
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yet. we understand michele is on the way here from cedar falls where she was at the caucus at the unidome. >> thank you very much, cynthia. we want to take a look at the latest numbers. we have 49% of the precincts reporting, 48%. rick santorum, 24%, romney, 24%, very, very, very close with their vote totals, ron paul, 22%. >> look at the second tier right now, and newt gingrich would be your candidate who is checking in at 13% among those people. rick perry, as we saw, half that -- excuse me -- michele bachmann about half that amount. right now we want to go over to our emily price, and check out the situation there over at the gingrich campaign. >> things are just starting to fill up here. as you can see behind me, looks fairly empty. over there is where the open bar is.
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kevin mclaughlin joins me live here tonight. he caucused and spoke in favor of speaker gingrich earlier tonight. thank you so much for joining us. what was the response you got at your caucus tonight? >> we had a good turnout with over 200 people attending. the money what flowing. we had a very good night money-wise, raising money for the party which tells me people are interested in succeeding in this election cycle at every level. >> right now speaker gingrich is in fourth at this point. around 13-14%. what do you make of that fourth place finish if it stays tonight? what would your reaction be to that? >> the negative ads that worked, and that's too bad. as the polk county g.o.p. chair, i have to work with my people in order to try to put the county back together if the base has been torn apart, and a lot of people get offended because very active people in politics work with the candidates closely, and when they start calling one another names, people can be offended. so we may have a lot of work to
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do to dig out. >> should you have returned fire easterlier. >> just today he started saying a couple negative thing about front runner rom originals suggesting he is a liar. should he have gone negative earlier in order to counteract the ads? >> i have been an independent. i haven't endorsed anyone and have been quiet about my own personal convictions. i think he did it the way he has. newt has always been a uniter. that's how he got balanced budgets when he was a speaker, four years in a row. create 11 million new jobs. unemployment dropped from 5.6% down to 4.2% while he was speaker of the house. and so he worked with people like president clinton to uniflite and get good bills passed, welfare reform is an example. a big tax cut. and i think we all have -- we have great candidates in our party, but they should be focusing on issues and the problems that need to be solved to benefit all of us, and that gives us time to go out and work
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to include new communities of voters like southeast asians and hispanic voters. >> thank you for your time. kevin and stacy, we're going to hang out here. we understand speaker gingrich is in route. >> let's go check things out at the romney campaign. their headquarters is being monitored by tom. >> another familiar face in the crowd here, david uhlman. a very important romney advise you're. a very prominent republican in iowa. you have watched some numbers come in. any initial thoughts on the three-way tie? >> well, a lot of us thought this would be close. i'm not sure anyone thought it would be this close. we still have half the votes to count. looks like we'll end up with one, two three, and governor romney will be first or a very close second.
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>> what dot that mean if it's this close? is this a bad sign for romney or a sign he is in the love and -- in the lead and will move forward. >> governor romney has prepared this campaign for some time, prepared it well to go the distance to become the nominee and carry our party's standard against president obama next fall, and perhaps unique of all the campaigns, this one wasn't hinged of having to throw all the eggs in the iowa basket to go on to the next state or two. should we're happy to be where we are. if it's rick santorum -- we have a lot of respect for what he did -- you'll see the candidate who spent the least time here, governor romney, with his national campaign, being very close, if not ahead, of the candidate who spent he most time here. so we feel good about that. >> what does it say about the grassroots background of the caucuses? hopefully that's sort of the repart people get. romney wasn't here a lot and yet
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he did pretty well. >> well, governor romney and his family made a lot of friends in iowa last time, 2007 and 2008, and a lot of those folks stayed with him. a lot of new people came along this time. and we believe in the nominee, and in the spring and summer with the county and district and state conventions, we'll be putting the party back together to have a unified party, bring an independent to carry iowa against barack obama next november. >> thanks for joining us. back to you in the studio. >> appreciate your input. >> we want to check in with laura who is with the rick santorum campaign. >> we're coming live from the rick santorum campaign. i'm joined by rick santorum's oldest child, his daughter, elizabeth santorum. this is her first interview. she just came downstairs and saw the room. what do you make of this? >> it's so great. this room is a microcosm of the
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enthusiasm across iowa. >> ow were upstairs watching everything with your dad. what's the feeling like up there is? your dad anxious, excited? >> my dad is just steady. he feels good and he just feels so grateful and blessed and just, again, just so thrilled, and it's so early in the night still, but thinks are looking good. we just feel really happy. >> it's still early. we're looking at the early numbers but looks as though the early numbers are showing a three-way race. what do you think of that? >> i think it makes sense. my dad said the people of iowa would look at the candidates, see who worked the hardest and had the best message and that's my dad. >> you have had a lot of bonding time with your dad. you hit the campaign trail with him a lot. how does it feel to get to this point tonight?
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>> my gosh so rewarding, and i'm just like, oh, get to sleep for a day before new hampshire. and so that's rewarding. but at the same time, just -- it makes so much sense to me that he is here. i am so proud of him. burger king, mcdonald's, everyone in i what you're correct thank you. >> thank you for joining us. we will bring live updates as the knights come. >> thank you very much. >> i want to remind folks that about 4000 people are watching live online. you anotust the
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it's not just the didier you're watching a, there's all sorts of comments and information.coming in information is also coming in from reporters all around the globe. it is fun. we are doing it here. it is also informative. >> we want to check in with molly green. >> >> you want to check in on the numbers. with 57 of the precincts reporting in seven santorum 40%. we will be back with more. then we will go to the studio. >> we will do that indeed. let's bring in dennis to talk about some of the numbers.
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have you secochecking some of the locales? >> i do not want rigid i want to compare them a complete numbers. his total so far are not quite at that level. there are something sinks -- precincts left to report. what is the turn of going to be? we're sitting around 52,000. you think it would at least double and it's what we had in 2008. it is looking then at the moment. story counting has not come at all yet. i am not sure how far scott county is. we still have a way to go. we are not overwhelmed with her moutturn out yet.
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>> are you getting any indication without their voting? is a with issues, their heart attacks? >> when they talk about the most important and equality, 31% say the goal is to be barack obama. in terms of being a true conservative, 25% said that is important. strong moral character is 41%. >> he is obviously the candidates you has been trending up here in the past week. it has been very interesting to see that. the numbers that were taking over do not really record the
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trends. they're able to record that. >> thank you very much. us get an update. 49% reporting rick santorum 24%. mitt romney 24%. from paul with 22%. >> newt gingrich has 22%. rick perry is at 10%. michele bachmann at 6%. viter%. we times perry for an interview. the answer is no. >> now we will check in with the ron paul campaign. >> the crowd continues to grow over the last couple of hours. a lot of people are coming from the caucuses. a strong youth turnout. also we solved these -- we also
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saw the senator who was backing bachmann who decided to back ron paul in the past couple of weeks. we at 71 did to come up and talk. he said he would let congressman -- we asked him if he wanted to come up and talk. you said you of a congressman paul top. a lot of these people have been staunch reporters up ron paul even for the last election cycle. his numbers are significantly better last time. whether or not he wins, he considers this a good showing here and will hopefully hear from him. there congregating in another part of the hotel. we're waiting for more the precincts to come in.
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>> time for an update from our editorial cartoonist. >> iowa has been known as the cinderella of the state. adobe interesting to say which -- it will be interesting to see fit theirdidates can foo foot into a tiny glass slipper. it'll be interesting. another one that i just came up with was taking a look at rick perry. he did not spend a lot time in the state as been a lot of money as far as television advertising was concerned. he spent the most in central iowa. it looks like he is having some technical difficulties. >> where does this process
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actually spark? i'm looking at your tablet. i see at least four or five different designs. these have all come about in the past three hours. >> i have been as this a lot of times. i cannot come up with a good answer. i have things scratched up all over the place. the best way of describing what i do is if an idea comes to me, it is like a firework. it explodes. there are bits and pieces that fly down everywhere. i have to catch them before they disappear. a lot of times i will have an idea on something or bit of an idea and i only remember one of
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two of them. fothat is the best way to descre them. it is like fireworks going off. thank you very much. >> week of going to leave this network. -- we are going to leave them. thank you for a great partners. c-span2 is reporting them on their local broadcast. you saw the editorial cartoon with the 3 ft. vying for the ruby slippers. 3 candidates are neck and neck. let's show you the map. you have it on your screen. the purple is rick santorum.
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the goal caller is romney -- gold color is romney the caucus that we covered is in this county. it came in for mitt romney. the other is over here. this is santorum country. he made a point of visiting all of the 99 counties. you can see his results are spread out throughout the state. it is very close so far. andrew on twitter. he does a play on words. if the results are as close as
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you think, we will have a wino. josh you are on the air. how was your caucus? caller: it was great. host: how many people showed up? caller: there were hundreds of people that showed up. it turned out good for the most part pie. and it up going for romney. host: was that the candidates you supported? caller: no. i've been a lifelong democrat but i registered as republicans. with obama, i had great hopes and expectations. i think that he fell short while breaking all the promises that
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he promised. host: who are you hoping will when the republican nomination? caller: this time i was not going to make the same mistake twice. i am not going for mitt romney. i want someone that can actually do sending in a positive way. host: what do you think of his showing so far? caller: he is in the second tier. the islands ended at not winning it. that was mike huckabee. this is going to be a very non -- very long grace perio.
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thank you so much. next up is tennessee. you are on c-span. where are you? caller: i am purely independence. i am embarrassed to say i voted for hillary clinton in
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we are going to return to kcci in des moines in a minute. reporters are covering of the caucus throughout all your life and we are watching tweets deer sending. one from the fix of the "washington post" do the bachmann's and perry's of the world come out soon? the caucuses nearly two-thirds of the supporters of the tea party according to the earlier polls. and glenn of politico tweets bad signs for mitt romney should enthusiasm in what ever happens. 75% of iowans didn't want mitt. we are going to go back now to more kcci from des moines. is the one ally we can have safe
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harbor on. this is generally a threat to israel. are you feeling? a little better. we are not looking at the close fourth year at least so far. there is a pretty good gap eventually, the united states is threatened. the reason i like romney is because out of all these candidates, he is the winter executive in terms of government and what he has done in the private sector. he's the one true leader.
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i cannot get his record as a business leader. i can say even though he is not perfect, he is a cheerleader. i think he is the one that can turn this economy around and can take a decisive stance in in world. >> thank you so much. less to give the get the updated results now with 59% reporting. ron paul at 22%. santorum at 24%. williams is in tennessee. you are on. caller: hell we've already had newt gingrich call the accusation against the people today. so it could get a particularly nasty in new hampshire. as the big headlines with new
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numbers listed below get those. >> we are getting 60% in the look and dennis take a look atiy these numbers because there is a separation in the state takinghe almo 2at least at this point in the race and we se5 e now the separation between rick santorum and mitt romney is to present or about 1300 votes right there.ea. growing. ron paul has dropped down to 21% right now. again this is with 60% of the pl reporting. are not >> then let's take a look at thg next group of candidates. newt gingrich with 13% and rick perry with 11% and again, michele bachmann with 5%. that s is goingfind out what on over at the mitt romeny headquarters.we'veeen tr what do you have now, todd? >> kevin, let me tell you two fr things, the crowd is absolutely packed and it is extremely hot in here, but that hasn't stoppee anybody from being very happy about the numbers that have come into night, even though mitt cameny is not leading at this point [cheering] i take that back.
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he may be leading with the new numbers that just came in. surpd they are watching the fox newsla channel and the new numbers jus. came in. let me tell you what we have learned here tonight. most of the people -- [cheering] mitt romney is in the lead now with of the new numbers that just came in with 25 per cent which is the magic number o they've been looking for for quite some time. we talked to many of the bad operatives tonight which as the fcc no matter what happens here tonight as long as these are the top three he is the winner but now that he is number one, youcr can see how happy these folks are. kevin asec? >> all right. we have not received those numbers yet, the present report and we are showing rick santorum with 25 and mitt romney with 23, not doubting those numbers, just we haven't been able to get them through the digital by justiceob system of our computers here. >> and now let's move over toow? laura nichols who is with the rick santorum campaign tonight.
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>> kevin and stacey it's getting pretty excited. in fact you just missed the chanting. the crowd behind me was chanting. you can see a lot of people have gathered around. there is no one that has come out as degette. rick santorum is still the stairs watching the results with his family. we talked to his daughter a fewg minutes ago. she said they are excited. they are thrilled by the numbers and if the finished in the top anree, they will be happy. now you can see the crowdusetts gathered behind me. many of them just a minute ago were holding up signs andwe l chanting. they can't wait to find out what's actually going to happen. we are waiting here to see if senator rick santorum will come down soon. finaes.isers have told us he is upstairs watching with his family right now we're still waiting to hear more. we will keep you updated as time goes on. >> all right, thank you very much. we continue our sweep around the course tonight. let's go to eric at the rockfall headquarters. >> kevin and stc is a similar situation in ankeny with the wrong call headquarters but as you can see the crowd has grown up behind me. ron p more scruteople are starting to
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pack in, the operative since we told you tonight if you've been to the wrong paul easton's over the last little while, to know - that the pack the place with what they almost need movablewsd walls to kind of make room for some of the people. it is a growing crowd that continues to show up as we said a young crowd and as you can see there is a boom camera kind of floating above the crowd right in the middle as you've been saying all night they're actually preparing to issue a national television commercial 2sed on what the expect to be a successful evening here for ron paul, that campaign commercials. obviously you're in new hampshire and south carolina in the upcoming weeks as the campaign moves along. lot right now obviously a lot ol anticipation, a lot of excitement coming up here in the wrong paul campaign headquarters in ankeny. they are looking for a top finish as i talked to senatores rand paul's the congressman's be white sun said they want to win make no doubt about the tunnel they han to win. they said if anything in the top tier of candidates right up near oe top will be the success for them as they have onto and new jeey.hire and south carolina
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after that. kevin and stacy. >> now we check in with emilyp. price with the newt gingrich campaign. emies. emily? >> as you can see behind me the crowd is starting to fill in. r they've also gotten somewithin n compassion in front of theth stage. no word yet if speaker newt gingrich has made his way to the vets auditorium just yet. >> thankhecked about an hour ago they were back from waterloo where he spoke tonight. tonight there are the negative ads that garrard relentlessly here against speaker newt gingrich in the last two weeks or so putting him on his past with some negative things said about his past i think the eiestion among a lot of people to light is should he have gone negative sooner? he started going negative above last night and this morning muc calling the front runner mitt romeny l.i.e. year.i it is a sign that he is perhaps going to go negative as he hadr gone to new hampshire and starts hitting the front runners a lot harder because he was trying to play mr. nice guy not hitting
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back qu bite so against the supr attack ads. it will be interesting to see toat he does in new hampshire which is where he will head to later tonight.uch forg >> kevin and stacey. et emily, thank you very much. g now we have some new updated numbers to look at. >> a huge jump in the percentages right now we are up to 80 per cent in the precincts right now and look how close this race is.y. 26,443 votes for rick santorum. 26,398 votes. you do the math. that is a very, very close race. ron paul is next, and cooney of 13%. rick perry at 10%, michele bachmann at fifer. we are closing in on the final numbers.college. >> those are a very tight race, dennis. any thoughts on this? chiell, of course in this regard we have seen that ron ney paul looked good in the insurance pools and he seemed t. be leading a fairly early on, but he is declining relatively
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speaking depending upon whati else comes in here. we always thought that while there is a solid core of the base for ron paul pretty much ag the republican precinct there is a ceiling and that may be what'. coming through here. to go >> we are also waiting -- you always tell the the big five i sendingn iowa. we've got to watch those. they're the most populated. when those returns come in and e we start seeing a how things wil take shape. and we are not seeing total precincts reporting yet. >> the of all the suddenness asst jump have shown up. space about 24% and now these numbers represent 84%. so they havet come in big. polk county is 98% of ther and . precincts reporting in county its mitt romeny with 29%, ron paul with 22, rick santorum, 22 in polk county itself. so, yeah.omfortable you've got to -- a set ofs to th republicans here who look at these candidates, and they just don't yet know what they want to do. >> is it a mixed message at all
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to the rest of the country what is going on here? >> yeah. there is no obvious single front thin runner. paul is a class by himself and his issue of positions.co and at unleast at this point, we have got mitt romeny and rickwe santorum.ow. the others in the second-tier c wanted to be the un-romney industries they are not going tt be.d >> what anybody change positions with mr. mitt romney right now any other candidates especiallyw the ones of the lower tier. thank you very much. >> next week chicken with cynthia fodor on the michele the sachmann campaign tonight.our ci cynthia. >> cynthia, can you hear us? >> i can hear you. how are you guys?ure >> what's going on over there?. >> unlike a lot of the other places i just saw, the other campaign parties, the mood has been rather somber. and for most of the night, the media out number the quarters. just within the last 20 minutes
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some folks have started to trickle in. perry s itill only have probaby acout 50 people in this room wib right now. it has been a lot of tension, kneal lighting, nervousness in the room i would say. people are watching the numbers. really believe that michele bachmann might turn this around. she had been saying the last two days that she had the momentum going into night after her 99 county tour, but it just didn't seem to pan out for her.rew the seat hard work did not pay off. and right now they are just waiting for her to show up to date she has been at cedar falls talking to the caucus earlier and is on her way back here. she is expected to get back here about 10:15. her husband was down in pella speaking at a caucus and her kids have been all around the area. they are all supposed to be back here about 10:15 and so we will>
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hear from michele bachmann then. p all right, cynthia fodor. av recap michele bachmann as of 5% with 5400, just about 5500 votes.d and then with the latest numbere reporting, 88% of precincts coming in right now. >> we want to check in with change. who is with the wreck what campaign tonight. patrick. >> good evening to you. we are here at the sheraton west des moines where obviously it is she did not to be a disappointing night for the rick perry campaign when you considec how many mhaingllions of dollare cand spent on such an aggressive ad campaign. and apparently, judging by the a iesultsn so far with 88% of the precincts reporting, that didn'd translate into the support of fallujah. dennis brauts of a good point just a few moments ago when he basically said, you know, so many candidates were trying towh ei theat un-romney.utis for and we saw rick perry in the last few days really go after chlenges tonservative of
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preferenceo, conservatives when it's convenient. well, obviously that has been working there is no indication of f that he has any plans that thisi caucus changes destruction and has given many about his campaign. he plans on going to solve carolina. he's telling his supporters that and he is expected to address the crowd tonight. we know that he is aan the secod or third floor here in the chariton meeting with his closest advisers.vernment but certainly i think if thered? is a headline from tonight is really disappointment here. rick perry thought he was going to do better and judging by theo results, he is mired in fifth place. n okay, patrick life from the s rick perry can contend. thank you. >> all these numbers are coming in over the tabulation center. y that is where moly cooney andt n her closest colleagues have gathered. [laughter] let's check in with you. christn >> i've never had dinner with ae jazeera tv but, you know who knows. [laughter] there are reporters with at
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least 30 countries here, and a lot of familiar faces. you can see andrea mitchell, todd is over there, we've got people from lifeline, msnbc, tom brokaw, just a lot of people, and as i said, at least 30 countries including tv tokyo, china, johnny, france, switzerland, scotland and new zealand. so all these people. it was quiet for a while. it was obviously went out to a lot of the different caucuses and they have now returned and they are gearing up to the reports. they are doing live interviews, and a lot of the loggers are, you can see, sitting in front of me now.elieve some are doing a radio, some are doing live streaming and there is a, just a be - now of santoru activity. everything is picking up with she numbers as they come in. and so that is what it is right now. and again, we are still waiting sant for the final numbers to come in. but we will keep you posted to the >> law, by the way dennis said he has been on al jazeera tv.
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>> okay will i can't really say that i've had lunch but there are two chairs back from us. earlier. >> you know, someone who i have had the opportunity to dine with his own brian duffy and we want to check in with him right now because i understand we are talking about the creative process, brian, and there is yet another idea that has comehospil forth. >> i think there is. d me anhat aren't voting today, the people that are not going to the caucuses and the rest of the nation are probably sitting their saying this whole thing is getting me very busy following this process. and of course i have started toh draw. i'm know tn for my pay this. they outnumber people six period one. you have to drill a paid in iowa. this is a very confusing return, and it's one that i don't think a lot of people are going to walk away from this with a very positive opinion.
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excuse my hand we're just going to get a picture for everybody. so that's why i'm doing right now. introd >> all right, thank you very much. eciate it and we arelisabe really looking forward -- which one are you going to take? peter how are you going to pick? t. i don't know if i have atonih really don't ever see the heavy favorite on anything pitt but if i was going to the favorite, i would have ty say the cinderella's slipper one would be. imy think that is a great idea. we will get the final numbers and see what that actually look. like. thank you very much. >> now we want to get to them ir as we wrap of the hour and get ready to move into the 10:00.s g his thoughtsre so far? >> i'm counting about 106,000am. for the turnout. we don't have anything that has come in from story county or 2%. we have the other big counties. so again it is going to be touch and go to see if we can get to the 1800, 1900 that it was last
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saysif that is what is it is a lower percentage of turnout than we had last time which is very surprising. as i look at them interestingly i found to counties actually that governor rick perry one. union and tayler county down in southwestern iowa. the light of see anything that newt gingrich has one but i see paul and rick santorum as having won some counties and of course not congresswoman michele wouldb bachmann either.e >> thank you very much. >> we are going to just take a momentary break here, and we are ioing to start our 10:00 news nt broadcast. lots of folks are interested in the latest numbers. ro are almost up to 90% of the g precincts reporting so this is a reminder that the caucuswere a coverage continues right now on news channel eight. >> i'm cooney and i am announcing my candidacy for job president of the united states. >> now seek the presidency. >> i'm announcing i am a

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