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>> you are watching kcci 8 news. eric: take a look at the countdown at zero. we have hours until the iowa caucuses. >> for those of you still thinking about this, i hope i will be able to persuade you. >> no one running for president can bring the conservative movement together faster or better than i can. >> you have not had a winner in iowa in 16 years. you better believe it. elizabeth: last-minute pitches and they are not over yet. the final hours before the iowa caucuses. good morning, everyone. today is the day. eric: thanks for waking up with us. the caucuses, a big story, no doubt.
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metinka: it looks like the timing will work out. we are starting out with quiet weather. it is 30 degrees right now in des moines. highs will be above freezing again. snow moves in by midnight. it picks up and intensity tuesday morning. less snow to the southeast. the snow will be moving out by wednesday morning. all the wind will create more blowing snow concerns. tuesday and wednesday will be tough travel days. eric: alyx is live at the media center downtown at capitol square. alyx: networks are everywhere
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that big screen behind me is where the tallies will start rolling in tonight. about one in five iowans show up for caucus night. we do have the cochair for the republican party with us to read some have predicted a record turnout for the republican party . what are you thinking? >> we anticipate that we will meet or exceed the 2012 numbers based on the quality and depth of our field. alyx: speaking of the ground games, they are working through today. >> iowans can expect to see our candidates making their last-minute push. alyx: this has been a question since the campaigns started, since the race began. such a large field to choose from. they are trying to stand apart.
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will it be enough to push them over tonight. >> i think all of our candidates have a chance to shine. you have seen some momentum come out of that. alyx: what do you need from voters tonight? >> the biggest thing we want is for them to show up. if they are not sure of their caucus location, they can show up. this is iowa, we get to start it. we want as many iowans as possible to participate. alyx: thanks for joining us. coming up, we will speak with the democratic party. back to you. eric: all right. thank you very much. now to the candidates themselves. donald trump is now on top of
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ted cruz has 23%. marco rubio is down to third with 15%. hillary clinton is in the lead with democrats. bernie sanders is just three points behind her. martin o'malley is in a distant third. the candidates were all out this weekend. hillary clinton stopped in council bluffs on sunday. >> we are getting down to the last hours. i will do everything i can to make sure that your faith in me we run will reflect the values and vision we share. for those of you thinking about hope i will be able to persuade you. eric: she is hosting a caucus night party tonight with her husband bill clinton and their daughter chelsea.
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bernie sanders spent the weekend in iowa, as well. he ended the day at grantham university. >> in the last five months, we have received 3.2 million individual contributions. [applause] >> in other words, to paraphrase abraham lincoln, this is a campaign of the people, by the people, and for the people. elizabeth: he has his own caucus night party planned at the holiday inn airport convention center in des moines. democratic candidate martin o'malley is not giving up hope. he joined a group of supporters
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>> i've encouraging my supporters to hold strong and focus on the caucuses. >> we think he is still viable. this race is not over. this is just beginning in iowa. on from iowa to new hampshire. elizabeth: o'malley's caucus night party is downtown. eric: ted cruz was in des moines making one final push to cut down donald trump's lead. >> if everyone here brings nine other people to the caucuses tomorrow night, we will win the caucuses tomorrow, we will win the nomination, and we will win the general election in november 2016. eric: earlier sunday, he picked up in -- an endorsement from phil robertson from "duck dynasty."
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bluffs. >> so he is putting in houses voter violation and he is giving people, down the line, i've never even heard about this. it is so dishonest. then he take an ad about me and he said that i am in favor of obama care. my whole campaign is against obamacare. i have a much bigger platform than anybody else. eric: his caucus night party will start at the sheraton in west des moines and 9:00. elizabeth: marco rubio may be 13 points back from donald trump, but he is not counting himself out yet. he is telling caucus-goers that he is the best choice if republicans want to beat the
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>> i want iowans to know that if they caucus for me, i will unite the republican party, i will expand and grow the conservative movement, and i will defeat hillary clinton. elizabeth: he will hold a caucus night party at the downtown marriott in des moines. eric: trust kcci for the best coverage all night long. we will be live starting at 6:00 until the final results are in. we will have crews at the big campaign watch parties and we will take you inside the democratic and republican caucus as they happen. elizabeth: we have the calm before the storm. metinka: it is good timing with the caucus. watch for changing visibility's earlier today. we will have frost out there. headed for 39 later on today.
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we end with sprinkles or a light, wintry mix later this evening. the snow moves and and intensifies later on. winter storm warnings across the state. central into south iowa and up to the northeast, including des moines, that is a winter storm warning. we are expecting a sharp cut off for the snow totals. we have lighter totals to the southeast. eric: that storm is out on the west coast and it is making its way toward us right now. shaina humphries is keeping an ionic. shaina: the big storm has really created a mess. this is video from southern california, where rain and high winds backed up traffic for hours. officials say a driver in pacific beach was killed sunday when a tree fell across four
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strong winds ripped up trees, power lines, and rooftops. right now, to students at virginia tech are being charged in the abduction and murder of a 13-year-old girl. 18-year-old david eisenhower is charged with first-degree murder. sunday, police announced 19-year-old natalie keepers will also face charges of improper disposal of a body and accessory in connection to the death. eric: the other big contest is the super bowl. less than a week away now. i'll fans are already getting in on the fun. iowa state drops one on the road in texas. elizabeth: the zika virus causing worry worldwide. the possible impact on the travel industry and what you
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>> we are active and free and we don't have the weather moving into town today. we will keep an eye on the drive and let you know if anything changes. let's head outside and take you live look at the roads. things are picking up. you might have a bit of a heavier commute today. everyone is in town for the caucuses. keep that in mind. nothing major. hmm hmm hmm-hmm-hmm-hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm-hmm let us be lovers, we'll marry our fortunes together [ cheering ] i've got some real estate here in my bag counting the cars on the new jersey turnpike
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the american people can't afford to wait for ideas that sound good on paper... but will never make it in the real world. the grandmother who has to choose between paying for medicine and paying rent... can't wait. the single mom who desperately needs a raise... can't wait. the student with a mountain of debt can't wait. we can make real progress, right now. i'm caucusing... i'm caucusing... i'm caucusing for hillary clinton.
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>> this is iowa's news leader, this is kcci 8 news this morning. with eric hanson, elizabeth clan, meteorologist kurtis gertz, and shaina humphries. metinka: good morning. eastern iowa is dealing with locally dense fog. watch for changing conditions over the next couple of hours. highs are headed for 39 degrees. we are expecting the snow to arrive in central iowa after midnight tonight and intensify after the morning hours on
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we will have a lot of wind, creating hazardous travel conditions, whiteout conditions, and a blizzard warning for northwest iowa. elizabeth: we are one week away from super bowl 50. it all starts at 5:30 on sunday at kcci. the excitement is already building in the san francisco bay area. fans from all over the country came together to experience super bowl city. security is very tight at all of these events with armed officers in swat gear. super bowl media day is tonight. eric: the big game is this sunday right here on kcci.
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he will have reports starting on thursday. you can also follow his trip on twitter and facebook. the hawkeyes are now 8-1 in the big ten, tied for first place. seven of those eight wins have been by double digits. jarrod uthoff put on quite a show. he had 19 in the first half. 23 for the game. peter jok took over in the second half. iowa wins it 85-71. iowa state may have lost over the weekend. jordan yates appears to be fine. it looks like he was limping down the stretch. the loss should not affect the cyclones too much in the rankings and will not hurt in
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was a nonconference matchup. elizabeth: stocks soared on friday. the nasdaq was up more than 107 points. the s&p 500 added more than 47. apple is recalling power adapters because they could cause an electric shock. they are part of the apple world travel kit. in rare cases, they can break and shock the user. you can exchange them for free at any apple store. eric: the zika virus is showing up in the u.s., but it is mainly an issue in latin america. major cruise lines are also accommodating pregnant women who scheduled trips to the area. the virus is not expected to
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elizabeth: a little alarming for us moms to be. we want to check in with metinka . metinka: this morning, if you are hitting the roads, visibility's have fallen below half a mile here. a lot of warning boxes. they go into effect late tonight. central iowa, we have a winter weather advisory off to the east. nothing posted for southeast iowa. they are expecting the least
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central into northwest iowa, we are expecting 6-12 inches of rain. heavy snow totals to the southeast of pulled county -- polk county. here is an updated snow total from futurecast. 6.8 inches for the metro. we could top 14 inches of snow. by this evening, there will be a light, wintry mix. that increases. the morning commute is going to be slow and slippery on tuesday. it is going to be windy into the afternoon.
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tomorrow, snow is heavy at times. lows near 28. a couple inches overnight. more on the way early tomorrow. for travel continues into wednesday. elizabeth: we should enjoy the drive is much as we can this morning. shaina: that's right. no problems right now. we are totally accident accident free. 1800 2nd avenue, there is one at 29 walnut street. we have a pulled county car --
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elizabeth: of the next, our washington dc reporter is right
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the american people can't afford to wait for ideas that sound good on paper... but will never make it in the real world. the grandmother who has to choose between paying for medicine and paying rent... can't wait. the single mom who desperately needs a raise... can't wait. the student with a mountain of debt can't wait. we can make real progress, right now.
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i'm caucusing... i'm caucusing for hillary clinton. i'm hillary clinton and i approve this message.
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iowa caucus day. eric: nikole killion is usually from our washington bureau, but she has moved into town to cover the caucuses. are the polls a good indicator? nikole: from my personal experience, there are always surprises in politics, especially if you look back at previous iowa caucuses. if you remember back to 2012, rick santorum was pulling in the single digits and won the caucuses last time around. senator obama was not even on the radar in 2008. hillary clinton was the front runner and barack obama won iowa.
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eric: it is a different ballgame in new hampshire. nikole: it really is. we have some new polling numbers out. donald trump holds a pretty widely. he has about 30% support. ted cruz has just 12%. on the democratic side, we see bernie sanders with a very wide lead, 57% to 34% over hillary clinton. eric: tell us what it is like to come in and experience our city from the outside? nikole: this is my third time covering the caucuses in iowa. i have midwestern roots. this is just so exciting and such an important part of the democratic process. seeing this first hand, getting out and talking to the voters, hearing what candidates they like or don't like, it is always
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the caucus process is fascinating. when i saw it for the first time, i was like wow, this is how it happens? eric: thank you. we enjoy hosting you here. elizabeth, back into you. elizabeth: thank you so much. we have much more ahead in our next half hour. it is caucus day. candidates and the reporters who cover them are all here. candidates turn up the intensity hours before the first votes are cast in the iowa caucuses. >> downtown des moines is covered in network news. i'm right in the heart of all of that beating coverage -- beating heart of that coverage. we will talk to the democrats to see how they are getting ready to weigh in.
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the electronic billboards read, choices, the time has come to make a choice... about which candidate can actually make a difference for you. in a world as complex as this, we need a president as experienced as hillary. in the situation room... at the negotiating table... and always on your side... fighting for children and families. with a real plan to get incomes rising... ...reduce drug prices... ...win equal pay for women... ...and protect social security and medicare for seniors. she'll build on obamacare, not start over. break through the gridlock, not add to it. defend planned parenthood, not attack it. stand up to the gun lobby, not protect it. lead on foreign policy, not ignore it. we need a president with the experience and determination to get the job done. i'm running to make a difference.
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across our country. i'm hillary clinton
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they're one of the wall street banks that triggered the financial meltdown -- goldman sachs. just settled with authorities for their part in the crisis that put seven million out of work and millions out of their homes. how does wall street get away with it? millions in campaign contributions and speaking fees. our economy works for wall street because it's rigged by wall street. and that's the problem. as long as washington is bought and paid for, we can't build an economy that works for people.
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>> this is kcci 8 news this morning. eric: good news. the snow storm will wait until the caucuses wrap up tonight. this is what is coming. new video in from california. a 29-car pileup. welcome back, everyone. elizabeth: welcome back. maybe knowing the storm is coming will inspire more people to get out and caucus. metinka: it is going to have good timing. it is shaping up to be an ok day for travel and anything else you have planned. 39 is the high temperature today. the road will be cleared for
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tuesday, we are expecting heavy snow. a lot of central and northwest iowa will be picking up 6-12 inches of snowfall. elizabeth: the eyes of the world are on iowa today. we will cast the first votes in the presidential process. this is where all the parties set up, right? alyx: that is absolutely right. moments ago, john dickerson was 10 minutes away from me -- 10 feet away from me prepping. here with us, we are taking close looks internally about what it means for iowans. we are here with the iowa democratic party.
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we know what barack obama was able to do -- if you get first-time caucus voters to go out and high voter turnout, there will be a shift. >> it is hard to predict turnout, but you door exactly right -- you are exactly right. they are ready to get their people out at one place and one time. alyx: the first time caucus-goers really showed up in 2008. is it even in the realm of possibility? >> we love big turn out. that bodes well in november. 2008 was a very unique year. i don't think we will get quite to that, but i do think we will have a very good turnout. who knows? alyx: a big day for the party. the caucus is a little bit
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what do iowan democrats and non-democrats, what do they need to know heading into the caucus locations tonight? >> we have a lot more fun on the democratic side. what i would tell people is there is nothing to be intimidated by. you don't have to be registered. you can go on iowadeomcra mocrats.org/caucus. there is no reason not to turn out. this is your time to get your verse third -- voice heard. alyx: thanks for joining us on this very busy day. back to you. eric: the latest in one poll shows a tight race on both sides. donald trump leads ted cruz by 5%. hillary clinton leads bernie sanders by 3%.
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>> texas senator ted cruz made his first pitch to iowa voters. >> if everyone here brings nine other people to the caucuses tomorrow night, we will when the caucuses tomorrow, we will win the nomination, and we will win the general election in november 2016. >> donald trump pushed back. >> voter violation. it is like an official document being sent to people in iowa. it is a fraud, as far as i'm can. >> bernie sanders and hillary clinton made their closing arguments. >> together, we are going to create an economy that works for
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>> i will stand up and fight for you every single day of this campaign and i will fight for you in the white house. >> clinton lost iowa during her presidential bid in 2008. political analysts say she is working on her likability this time around. >> she is focused a lot on her relationship with people. >> with polls showing tight races, the fight for iowa could come down to the wire. eric: the candidate on the democratic side pulling far behind was making his final push on sunday. martin o'malley met with voters throughout the state, encouraging them to get out and caucus. >> i want to challenge you to do what iowa does best, to lift up a new leader for our country. eric: he spoke to dozens of people on this front lawn in
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he says he is not wavering from his goal to win the nomination. marco rubio is also giving his final comments the day before the caucuses. >> we cannot win if we are divided against each other. eric: jeb bush was also in iowa. he focused on his decades of experience in the private sector and his eight years as governor in florida. elizabeth: 12 presidential candidates will be in iowa today. many are staying tonight until the caucus results come in, except jeb bush you will be campaigning in new hampshire at that point.
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we will also have crews that all of the big campaign watch parties and we will be inside the democratic and republican caucus. the storm we are watching for tomorrow has already turned deadly in california. shaina: the driver of a car was struck and killed on sunday by a tree that fell across traffic. also right now, the des moines police are interviewing to potential witnesses in the death of kurt blunk. he was found dead more than a week ago. eric: straight ahead, we are going to talk live with senator charles grassley. what he is going to be watching for tonight. metinka: it is a calm before the storm. treacherous road conditions are on the path.
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shaina: your drive should be an easy one. we are still accident-free at this point. things are really starting to pick up. expect this area to be pretty packed over the next couple there are those who say we cannot defeat a corrupt political system and fix a rigged economy. but i believe we need to lift our vision above the obstacles in place and look to the american horizon. to a nation where every child
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where quality healthcare will be a birthright of every citizen. where a good job is not a wish, but a reality. where women receive equal pay and a living wage is paid to all. an america where after a lifetime of labor, there is time for rest and grandchildren. a nation that defends our people and our values, but no longer carries so much of that burden alone. i know we can create that america if we listen to our hearts. and that journey begins here in iowa. i'm bernie sanders. i approve this message, and i ask you to join with us at the caucuses on monday night.
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do you think when you are president you'll be paid as much as if you were a man-male... this is one of the jobs where they have to pay you the same. but there are so many examples where that doesn't happen. i'm going to do everything i can to make sure every woman in every job gets paid the same... ...as the men who are doing that job. i'm hillary clinton and i approve this message. metinka: good morning.
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the wind will stay calm today. the winter storm still has its sights set on iowa. a lot of warning boxes will go into effect overnight tonight, lasting right through wednesday morning. the red shaded counties are a blizzard warning. the pink shaded counties, we are expecting winter storm warnings to go into effect. off to the east, it will be a winter weather advisory. the worst travel conditions will be across central iowa. elizabeth: the caucus count down are in the final hours.
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caucus is right here in iowa. who was the first candidate to announce they were running for president in 2016? the answer is ted cruz. he announced on march 23. eric: joining us now on the couch is senator grassley. sen. grassley: anytime you want to call, i will be here. elizabeth: tell us why you think it is so important for iowans to come out and spend the time caucus thing. sen. grassley: it probably depends whether you are republican or democrat. for me as a republican, it would be the process of electing a republican president and stop a third term of the obama administration, which has been bad for the country and to turn that around, but also because iowa is first in the nation and
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sometimes, the other 49 states are jealous. turnout and so people -- show people have seriously we take this. we may not select the next president, but we are very important in the process of starting the process off. elizabeth: do you think it is more important for gop caucus goers to caucus for who they be better for the party? is early in the process. do the one that they think will be closest to their philosophy of how government should be run, but also with the big number of candidates and the well-qualified candidates, it is one and the same. who you pick will make a good president. we have a very good team. eric: over the years, you have
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particular candidate going into the caucus. when do you decide who to jump behind personally? sen. grassley: it will be when we get behind the convention and i will back our candidate. i have a responsibility to do that. i work hard for them. i'm up for reelection myself. between what i do, i'm also doing things for our candidate for president. if i wanted to really help someone, it would be to help them right now, but since i stay out during the caucus season, then i don't think i will be helping people in other states. if i could down the road, when there are two or three left, i might decide to do that, but i don't think i will be called upon to do that. eric: thanks for joining us. elizabeth: we know a lot of you still have questions about the
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you can go to sos.iowa to find your caucus site. >> i'm registered independent, can i caucus? yes. you can change your party affiliation on caucus night at the door and you can change it back tomorrow, if you want. eric: the parties tell me 6:30 is the best time to arrive. >> parents are wondering if they can bring their kids. children are allowed, but no child care is provided. hopefully the political process is pretty entertaining. will the big snowstorm hold off?
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travel could be a little slow. we have locally dense fog. temperatures have fallen below freezing. the main winter storm arrives late tonight. we have a winter storm warning in central and up in the northeast and in the southwest. off to the east, it will be a winter weather advisory. 6-12 inches of heavy snow is possible. no matter how much snow does accumulate, it is going to be blowing around. here is the updated futurecast. there could be a light, wintry
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evening. it is going to be quiet weather all day long and through much of the caucus. through midnight, much snow begins to move in. the commute is going to be a messy one across central and western iowa. we have a break in the action after that. the snow continues through the evening commute. the whole system pulls to the east of the state by wednesday, but strong wind's continue to be a factor. it is pretty out there. 29 in des moines. it is going to be a calm day. a lot of wind on tap for tuesday into early on wednesday. elizabeth: thanks so much. eric: traffic-wise, today is going to be better than tomorrow. shaina: enjoy it while it lasts.
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we are accident-free right now. we may have a little bit heavier traffic today. we have mobile speed units. 1800 2nd avenue is the first one. walnut street is the second one. we have another near glendale cemetery. there is a pull county car a delaware avenue. there was one right there in pleasant hill at 500 north east 80th street.
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the time has come to make a choice... about which candidate can actually make a difference for you. in a world as complex as this, we need a president as experienced as hillary. in the situation room... at the negotiating table... and always on your side... fighting for children and families. with a real plan to get incomes rising... ...reduce drug prices... ...win equal pay for women... ...and protect social security and medicare for seniors. she'll build on obamacare, not start over. break through the gridlock, not add to it. defend planned parenthood, not attack it. stand up to the gun lobby, not protect it. lead on foreign policy, not ignore it. we need a president with the experience and determination to get the job done. i'm running to make a difference.
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across our country. i'm hillary clinton and i approve this message. elizabeth: counting down. just about 12 hours until the iowa caucuses. eric: that means there is about 12 hours left of campaigning. this is the very first presidential caucus in the nation. alyx is live at the media center downtown.
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this is where the heart of the coverage will be. the big screen will show the tallies after 7:00 tonight if you look back to 2008, that was a huge first time caucus goer turnout for the democrat and that is why bernie sanders is saying that if there is a big turn out he believes he will be successful. on the republican side, they are calling for a record turnout. they had a record in 2012. they are hoping to shatter that tonight. elizabeth: thanks. our caucus night coverage begins with kcci 8 news at 6:00 and we will stay on until it is all over with. >> we will also be watching that winter storm as it approaches iowa. our chief meteorologist posted this on facebook. grab a loaf of bread. now to the milk. [laughter]
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some cat food and some wine? the blizzard warning goes into effect later tonight. winter storm warning for the central part of the state. we make it that -- may pick up slightly less snow. tomorrow, it is the calm before the storm. it looks really good out there. headed for 39 degrees. 6-12 inches will be pretty common. we have a lot of wind into wednesday. shaina: enjoy the nice commute while it lasts. seven minutes to get downtown. six minutes from the east. we have a few extra people in the state today. eric: we hope you represent do you think when you are president you'll be paid as much
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this is one of the jobs where they have to pay you the same. but there are so many examples where that doesn't happen. i'm going to do everything i can to make sure every woman in every job gets paid the same... ...as the men who are doing that job. i'm hillary clinton and i approve this message. (phone ringing) you can't deal with something, by ignoring it. but that's how some presidential candidates seem to be dealing with social security. americans work hard, and pay into it. so our next president needs a real plan to keep it strong. (elephant noise) (donkey noise)
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they're one of the wall street banks that triggered the financial meltdown -- goldman sachs.
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that put seven million out of work and millions out of their homes. how does wall street get away with it? millions in campaign contributions and speaking fees. our economy works for wall street because it's rigged by wall street. and that's the problem. as long as washington is bought and paid for, we can't build an economy that works for people. sanders: i'm bernie sanders, and i approve this message. captioning funded by cbs good morning. it is monday, february 1st, 2016. welcome to "cbs this morning." the moment of truth in iowa. caucus day is finally here. we are on the campaign trail. plus interviews with hillary clinton and donald trump. the zika virus may be declared a global emergency.
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