Iowa, Julian Castro, President Biden discussed on Morning Edition


Finally rolling in, but the winner in Iowa still up in the air and the chaos after a major delay in reporting the first votes of the 2020 Democratic race, a new smartphone app meant to collect the results failed epically on caucus night. And the complicated rules of the caucus meant that Pete Buddha Judge and Bernie Sanders basically tied now President Biden came and forth. The Associated Press never named an official winner and calls for Iowa to lose its place in line grew louder. I think on its merits that the Iowa caucus fall short of the values that we espouses Democrats That's Julian Castro. He served as housing secretary for former President Obama and ran for president in 2020. Castro dropped out before the Iowa caucuses. But he says 2020 should be the last year. Iowa goes first and that going forward, it should be a primary election rather than a party run caucus. You have basically one person one vote instead of an arcane formula to figure out who wins. The whole thing. On top of that the diversity of Iowa and New Hampshire simply don't reflect the diversity of either our country or of the Democratic Party. Castro says Obama's win in Iowa that helped propel him to the White House in 2008 was wonderful, but was an exception. Even in the aftermath of the APP meltdown, State Party leaders still insisted Iowa should go first. Here's Iowa Democratic Party chair Mark Smith last February. We study the candidates very well. We give the candidates the opportunity to travel across the state and to meet with people and to hone their message as well. And so I will make a strong argument that we should keep the Caucasus here. All this will be up for debate. Once Jamie Harrison takes over the DNC. He's from South Carolina, which kicked off a syriza of Biden victories in the primary cycle. Harrison is best known for raising a lot of money in his unsuccessful race against Republican Senator Lindsey Graham last year. Expect a lengthy discussion about the nominating calendar, says Clay Middleton. He's a close friend of Harrison's and also a member of the DNC from South Carolina. President Biden is gonna have a saying this, too. And who better than Joe Biden to provide his assessment. Having ran for president a few times and not winning, I was one idea would be to have all the early states go closer together, says Wendy Davis, a DNC member from Georgia. If you look at those for the first four states Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada put together they actually are a very good picture of America right in the diversity that is in America. But these conversations about changing the presidential nominating calendar have happened for decades, and the debates have never really changed. Meanwhile, the chairman of the Iowa Republican Party says he's working on cementing an alliance with the other early states to preserve the current nominating calendar for his party.

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