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Anna Sale, It's A Free Country political reporter, and Sarah McCammon, Iowa Public Radio reporter and Morning Edition host, talk about today's Iowa caucuses and last-minute news from the Republican presidential contenders.
I really think that your show, WNYC and NPR have become part of the mainstream media. You guys are so cuckoo about the Iowa Caucus that you are "making" it the news. We are talking about 50,000 people! I am dependent more and more on listening to foreign news outlets because they have the news in perspective. Clearly, you love politics. Not everybody thinks this is such big news. Perhaps more interesting would be really, in-depth profiles of these characters that are running at this early stage.
Brian,Im embarrassed for you. When you asked a listener what Des Moines was like, I think you expected the person to describe a very backwards town. Clearly Iowans are more well travelled than you because most of them could describe Manhatten or Queens! Yes, Des Moines is a small city, but a very progressive town (despite your antiquated impression!). Iowa caucuses are 1st in the nation because of the diversity of opinions. Gay marriage has been legal for 2 years (long before New York!), there are 28 Planned Parenthood clinics offering reproductive healthcare including abortions, the public school system is attended by more kids of all economic means than any other system, and our literacy rate is quite high. And, yes, there is a very strong right wing conservative strain of folks, but Iowans also blasted Obama forward down the campaign trail in 08!You need to visit Des Moines and Iowa. I would personally love to show you around. I will be the one in the overalls and the straw in my mouth.
More unbalanced perspective from our psychotic friend Dimmzlewit!
Happy New Year!!
Iowa frightens me.
@John A. can I let Adam Kokesh answer for me...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhuI_kppIE0&feature=channel_video_title
pretty much every answer is people misunderstand his positions...we rely on Big Central Gvt too much and want special rights for groups rather than civil rights for all.
What do you say to this Ron Paul data, Joe?http://greenstate.tumblr.com/post/14969454036/
How is it you guys are commenting on all the candidates but the one who is unexpectedly polling at no. 2 in Iowa, Ron Paul? He's probably the only one in the GOP with a chance of beating Obama, but the rest of the party elite hates him. I'm not crazy about the guy, but it probably says something that he's doing so well against the rest of this clown show.
Ron Paul is the man for all of us.
Who cares about Iowa’s result? ANYBODY but Obama.
Four more years of this administration will leave us with a sadly different country....poorer, weaker, and more vulnerable to things that we never worried about in the past.The proposal by Panetta today to eliminate our nuclear bomber force, cut our carrier force, shrink our navy and not get new F-35’s (F-22’s already cancelled) is insane. The extreme Left is using Obama and this economic “crisis” as their tools to achieve the radical objectives they have obsessively pursued for many decades.
All of his damage (like the taxes and decrease in senior medical services under Obamacare) is artfully arranged to begin in 2013 and 2014.... after this election……what a coward.
He should not only NOT be re-elected….he should be impeached NOW.
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