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Biden taps Buttigieg for transportation, Granholm for energy
"President elect Joe Biden has tabs several old Washington hands to be key parts of his incoming administration but his latest appointment would add a fresh face Biden says he's nominating keep booted judged to be transportation secretary he's thirty eight and would be the first openly gay person the Senate confirms to a cabinet post booted judge was south bend Indiana as mayor before becoming the democratic primaries Darling sharing an Iowa caucuses win before dropping out and backing Biden who calls him a patriot who speaks to the best of who we are as a nation by these also expected today to announce former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm as energy secretary where she would help execute Biden's ambitious climate plan Sager mag ani Washington
Are you going to vote?
"When I asked you. If you plan on voting, it sounds like I'm joking. But I swear I'm not, and the reason I ask is when I actually look at the numbers of people who aren't voting every year year in year out. OVER HALF OF AMERICA HALF OF VOTING AGE Americans. Is, not, they're not voting period. Half of all of our eligible voters. Aren't voting in presidential elections. In fact, the largest single bloc of voters. Non Voters. And I have to assume. That many of you who are listening right now. Maybe. Plan on voting. Maybe think that you're going to vote. But actually half of you aren't going to vote, and maybe it's that the listeners a breakdown, you all just vote and vote and vote, and maybe we're not at fifty percent. But even when you look at demographics and all of that half of all eligible voters just aren't voting. And I for my entire life have stayed away from the generic request of go vote. because. Saying to people go vote. Does. Not necessarily make change as you know, maybe, no. On April twenty first to have a brand new book out called make change and I- rail on this very point of saying this and telling people go vote is not enough. It's not enough to tell people go vote. We have to instruct people on who to vote for. Not just even on what party. But on. What position on? What person? Because saying, go vote? Might, get people in there maybe to vote for particular presidential candidate. But how is that going to help them to know who to vote for on the school board or city council or even in their local congressional race in their state legislative races? We need to become listen to me. We need to become. Highly. Informed. Super informed voters. And to be very real about it, I, mean, we are now just days away from the Iowa caucuses, but the truth is, Minnesota. Is already in early voting. Do you hear me? States that have early voting have already started. California is just a few days away now from early voting, and so we are days away. From being able to vote all over the country in in Minnesota, and other states, this week and next week are also going to begin early voting. We are about to choose the next Democratic candidate for president of United States. What are you waiting for? Who are you waiting for like? First off, there's going to be no superhero to swoop down and save us. I know you know that and I'm not trying to be facetious, but you see the candidates. Okay. You see them. You see the candidates for president make choice do not simply allow. Everybody else don't allow the media to choose for. You do not allow other voters to choose for you. Because I assure you, they may not have your best interest in mind. Go ahead, find out who is running for Congress in your community who was running for a local legislative races on the state level whatever states are in. Even. If you're outside of the United, states, who are you voting for locally regionally nationally, what are you planning on doing listen? The responsibility, this is what I want to pass over to you. The responsibility. Of, knowing who to vote for? Falls on you. It does not fall on me. It does not fall on. Your parents, your siblings, your pastor, your local activists, or organizer. The responsibility that when you live. In a democracy where you get to vote for your mayor for your district attorney for your city council person for other roles that are so pivotal when you have ballot initiatives. For. For schools for penny taxes, where sometimes they'll raise sales tax by penny, but that penny will be multiplied sometimes hundreds of millions of times with every single purchasing could completely change the roads or public works or school systems that it will go to do. You even know what ballot initiatives are going to be on the ballot in your city in your state in your county. I need you to make the commitment listen to. In some ways, this entire episode is an action steps episode I need you to make the commitment. This time. When you walk into your polling location, do you know your polling location? Are you properly registered. Let's talk about those two things for many before I. Even Pass on this responsibility to you. All you need to do right now it, there are two things are right you to be able. To Google. Am I registered to vote. And put your state. Am I registered to vote New York. M I registered to vote Georgia Minnesota California Alabama Texas. Make sure that you're registered to vote. Now put 'em I. registered to vote and they should not be this complicated M I registered to vote Democratic primary. Now, you may be listening to me, we'll shot I'm not really a Democrat I'm I'm an independent I hear that. Because all of us are often extremely frustrated with America's two party system, and there's plenty to be frustrated about the democratic, party, and and certainly about the Republican Party. But did you know that in many states including California and others some of the largest states in the country that if you are not a registered Democrat, you are not able to vote in the Democratic primary. So here again is what I need you to do. Google your name right now because many of us come upon deadlines for us to even be able to to vote in the Democratic primary, you'll miss that you won't even get to choose who the Democratic candidate for president or any position is if you don't vote in the Democratic primary, so Google this. Am I registered to vote in the Democratic primary? And then your state.
New endorsements give Biden boost for future primaries
"It's awesome United States with former vice president Joe Biden's White House campaign received a dramatic boost last night at what is seen as a crucial time in the United states his rivals Amy clover shell and P. puja jab fellow moderates who have now dropped out of this rates the race to be the next presidential candidate for the Democrats they've now endorse Joe Biden ahead of the crucial super Tuesday primaries seen as strategic this move to block fellow candidate Bernie Sanders I spoke only to sherry bebitch jeffe a a professor of the practice of public policy communication at the university of southern California and political analyst about these recent developments so who's out who's in and what's the strategy senator Amy clover shore of Montana Beijo overwork objections and mayor Pete moody judge and each one of those three have announced that they are endorsing Joe Biden watching this Donna Xing comeback for Joe Biden he seemed to have one in every category in South Carolina and this momentum of support has been growing yes I think it's it's sort of a coalition of many factors not the least of which is that the moderate wing of the Democratic Party alder weighing of the Democratic Party realized that very Sanders who isn't really a Democrat he is a democratic socialist he is an independent senator looked like that Bernie was gonna run away with the nomination and there was a great nervousness on the part of the party elders that he would lose to Donald Trump this support to was also about a Mike Bloomberg who seem to have a quite a rocky start too late to come up in the campaign trail and not doing really well and he's debates it is quite it just doing what he is also under attack by criminal justice reformers by black lives matter by other minority groups for a program called stop and frisk he's also been a jacked for shall we say not being supportive of women let's pick up on that point about black voters because no other candidate except Joe Biden has received the sort of endorsement that is needed from the African American so there is another category where he's doing incredibly well exactly the first two elections the Iowa caucuses in New Hampshire and New Hampshire primary or fly in stages population is at least ninety percent white South Carolina gave a boost to Joe Biden partially because sixty percent of the electorate was African American the endorsement of an icon in black politics a congressman in black politics led to black voters to focus on by him and again looking ahead to stupid shoes day this is the final chance to help Joe Biden all these endorsements for his much needed support but we still have in the race Mike Bloomberg and we have Elizabeth Warren let me say this about Michael Bloomberg I believe he's pushing half a billion dollars in expenditures and he has nothing to show for it at this point and he looks weak in the big super Tuesday states the debate is when will he decide he must get out of the race remember he got into the race because he said that Biden was too weak and he couldn't overcome Bernie Sanders and that would mean that the Democrats would lose to Donald Trump well that argument doesn't fly anymore there are Democrats who just complain to me just think with that money might have done Bloomberg put it in in other races which is an interesting and analysis so what happens after Tuesday if that Bijan overtakes Bloomberg could we see Michael Bloomberg getting behind Joe Biden to question that question needs to be asked of Michael Bloomberg he said two things one quote I'm in it to win it and quote but that was well before Joe Biden started lining up the significant endorsements Bloomberg has said time and time again no matter who the democratic nominee is I will support him or her and that means money ID also said that he would use his money to help Democrats up and down the ballot but is one of my friends pointed out today Michael Bloomberg has an ego as big as San Francisco it's going to be very hard for him to leave the stage yes and I was talking to the professor there who was giving us an update as to who is slowly becoming the front runner in that race in the
'Mayor Pete' Buttigieg ends improbable U.S. presidential bid
"At his former south bend Indiana mayor Pete booted judge suspending his presidential campaign earlier tonight rerouting as plane mid flight away from a scheduled appearance in Texas and toward his home town of south bend CBS news political analyst Lim Stein horn says mayor Pete exceeded all expectations he was really punching above his weight and he exceeded all possible expectations essentially winning the Iowa caucuses coming in fairly strong in New Hampshire gaining a national profile but here's the problem with the British judge campaign he focused all his energies on Iowa and New Hampshire he was hoping that the momentum from the early states would catapult him to the lead but he wasn't able to build that broad coalition essential to winning the democratic
Sanders discusses Biden on ABC's 'This Week'
"Senator Bernie Sanders took second in the South Carolina Democratic Party last night former vice president Joe Biden claimed the overwhelming victory just moments ago Bernie talking with George Stephanopoulos on ABC's this week Sanders says he's not discouraged and he won't trash talk his former Senate colleague yeah I have differences with Joe Biden no great secret Joe voted for the war in Iraq Joe voted for a bad bankruptcy bill Joe voted for better trade agreements but at the end of the day I have no Joe Biden for a very long time he's a decent guy the South Carolina wing gives bite in a large number of delegates putting him closely behind Sanders who won the primaries in New Hampshire and Nevada and second place in the Iowa caucus the next big vote comes on super Tuesday which is March third where fourteen states will hold primaries for the democratic party's presidential nomination
South Carolina Democratic debate: who has made the stage, and what to expect
"For the second time former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg will join his democratic rivals he was the source of several attacks last week but Vermont senator Bernie Sanders has since expanded his delegate lead an attractive new criticism leveled by more moderate Democrats like Bloomberg and former south bend Indiana mayor DJ supporters of former VP Joe Biden are scratching their heads after a confusing speech in South Carolina where the former V. P. ask for their votes in his run for the Senate rather than his democratic presidential candidacy this is not the first gaffe made by Biden earlier on the campaign trail by the mistakenly referred to New Hampshire as Nevada you're the ones that Barack Obama the presidency and I have a simple proposition here I'm here to ask you for your help right come from you don't get far less yes my name is Joe Biden I'm a democratic candidate for United States Senate look me over here like crazy help out if not both together by give me a look okay the V. fighting currently holds a lead over current Democratic Front runner Vermont senator Bernie Sanders heading into this weekend's South Carolina democratic primary a new poll indicates that Texas is a do or die state for democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg in the March third super Tuesday primary the survey by the university of Houston hobby school of public affairs so it looks like the billionaire businessman may only capture one of the states two hundred and twenty eight delegates Rice University political scientist mark Jones says this result would be a Waterloo for blue Berg by contrast the survey says Bernie Sanders good one eighty five delegates followed by eighty for Joe Biden and sixty one for Elizabeth Warren and the Texas secretary of state's office is not anticipating any Iowa caucus like delays and reporting primary results during the March third
Las Vegas: Nevada Democrats are trying to avoid repeating the Iowa caucus debacle — here’s how
"After the Iowa caucus tabulating meltdown a professor at U. N. L. V. Robert Lang says Nevada will do it's counting differently the app that was a concern and I will was abandoned and were really off of sort of optical scanning sheets at this point that are older fashion but more reliable
Sen. Bernie Sanders leads in 1st and final alignments as results trickle in for Nevada
"Just following the course the the process in the vada there are the many caucus states have the gall told there for a minute this is a bill would be two of them already so far so that's the not the big issue the big issue is who can help build some momentum or acquires some momentum just looking at the contenders Bernie Sanders has vaulted into the lead nationally in the polls he effectively tied with Pete booted judge and winning the Iowa caucuses handily won the caucuses are bored with the primary in New Hampshire those are the two we've had to date and now comes the the third in which the some of the polls have shown us Sanders with a pretty large lead works Joe Biden once was of the favored by defeats to be among those slugging it out for a distant second place and we'll see if the polls are are proven correct in this regard Biden still retains a lead although much slimmer lead for a week from Saturday the twenty ninth of February for the South Carolina primary and then after that of course just three days later super Tuesday fourteen states and the you've got to have a lot of resources to effectively compete in those states so Bernie he's got his fanatical core he got a lot of contributors he's not going anywhere in center certainly is going to fight this out all the way to Milwaukee in July others no way that this structure you can see him not doing so so that takes us to the other contenders Joe Biden fourth place in Iowa badly fifth place in New Hampshire terrible Biden needs strongly to finish at least in second in Nevada and to win South Carolina he does do those two things states which in the past were thought to be icing on his cake those right now his bedrock last fortresses is Alamo for this campaign if he doesn't survive those that either of the better worry about super Tuesday can he do it remains to be seen these were more diverse states of Iowa or New Hampshire Nevada with a larger span a vote South Carolina the democratic primary is a sixty percent African American so we'll see if his claim that he's got the minority vote in fact pans out there are certainly reasons to think that he may get it by default who were also they're going to turn to Michael Bloomberg Michael stop and frisk Bloomberg are they going to turn to A. B. global chart with charges of racism from the time she was a prosecutor in the Minneapolis area to Pete to judge with charges that there was racism when he was mayor of south bend Indiana to Elizabeth Warren has so far shown no great support from that community so you wonder where they will go though Biden at least if his theory holds true that he in fact we can gain a minority vote that he at least has a shot although Biden is strapped for cash super Tuesday above all else demands cash not only fourteen states but big states like California and Texas expensive media states who's got the money well of course the billionaires do Tom Spira and of course Michael Bloomberg the elephant in the donkey field and the Bernie Sanders seems to have a pretty solid about of cash small donations but he's got the money again he's not going anywhere if you can make a case for how Biden could become the come back kid it's hard to make a case for how Elizabeth Warren could be the come back kid at one time she led the polls and then third place in Iowa not very impressive and not very impressive either in the New Hampshire fourth place finish their it is hard for me to see a path forward for her
Trump rallies supporters on eve of Nevada Caucus
"President trump rallies is based in Las Vegas on the eve of the Nevada caucus the president jumped right on the problems experienced at the Iowa caucus but I hear the same thing could happen by hope it does thank you also brought up his recent presidential pardons suggesting the same may come for a long time ally Roger stone recently sentenced to forty months in prison a man who had a juror who was a radical anti Trumpers and you did say that once you went up there and she became the foreperson of the jury did you did terrible things and said terrible he didn't say he was going to pardon stone but did say he's quote trying to get fairness for him and
In Nevada, caucusgoers are torn between who they believe can beat Trump and who they believe in
"Biden received six delegates from the Iowa caucuses and zero in the New Hampshire primary the Nevada caucuses are tomorrow president trump hold another rally tonight in Las Vegas and Wednesdays democratic presidential debate pulled in a record twenty million viewers the most ever for a democratic debate democratic officials meantime in campaigns and of that are desperately hoping to avoid another caucus meltdown like the one in Iowa in recent weeks the Nevada Democratic Party did to new admitted by and he used to report results and trained caucus volunteers on new procedures precinct captains are using iPads to enter the number of caucus attendees either candidate preferences into a precinct specific form which will convert the numbers in the delegates then a volunteer will call in the results using a party hotline the phone number being closely guarded the Google formal also automatically transmit results of the state parties master file there will be a paper record for each caucus result then the only thing that remains is the math between the early voters in the Saturday caucus goers being tabulated super Tuesday's approaching and Bernie Sanders is leading the democratic pack in some states new polls show the remonstrated or at the top in Texas and North Carolina former vice president Joe Biden the billionaire Michael Bloomberg are both in the top three in those states another poll as Minnesota senator any club chart with the edge in her home state where Sanders was in second place super Tuesday is on
Sanders, Buttigieg request recount of Iowa caucus results
"Well more campaign news as everything else moves forward at the Saturday that Nevada caucuses but the caucus results in Iowa are still unsettled ABC's Ryan borough report there are now two candidates who have filed for a recount of caucus resulted I will following a re canvas of some precincts senator Bernie Sanders campaign is seeking to recount ten precincts mayor Pete booted judges campaign wants a recount of fifty four precincts the Iowa Democratic Party has forty eight hours to review the request by the candidates if the recounts are approved they will be paid for by the candidates currently booted judge holds a slight delegate advantage over Sanders in the Iowa caucus
Sanders, Buttigieg request recount of Iowa caucus results
"Well going back cut to Iowa as the campaigns move forward and this Saturday it's the Nevada caucuses but to no surprise the caucus results in Iowa are still unsettled ABC's Ryan burl reports there are now two candidates who have filed for a recount of caucus resulted I will following a re canvas of some precincts senator Bernie Sanders campaign is seeking to recount ten precincts mayor Pete booted judges campaign wants a recount of fifty four precincts the Iowa Democratic Party has forty eight hours to review the request by the candidates if the recounts are approved they will be paid for by the candidates currently booted judge holds a slight delegate advantage over Sanders in the Iowa caucus results right Perot ABC
Stacey Abrams Spearheads Campaign Against Voter Suppression
"It's morning edition from NPR news I'm David green and I may tell Martin after the chaos of the Iowa caucuses there is new scrutiny about how the US conducts selections when you partisan voting rights group is focusing on elections in swing states this year it's called fair fight and it's led by Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams Abrams got a lot of national attention in two thousand eighteen after she lost a close race for governor in an election that was clouded by allegations of voter suppression here's an here's Debbie Elliot a few thousand volunteers are spending a Saturday morning in a hotel conference room in Macon Georgia for a boot camp of sorts on voter suppression good morning in everybody Hillary Holly is organizing director for fair fight action the group that's waging a campaign against voter suppression in the twenty twenty election we are walking into year that's going to be exciting little bit stressful we're gonna be working a lot participants call themselves democracy warriors people like whole worker of lane Morgan Johnson make every single cam Johnson is motivated to be here in part because her sister was removed from George's voter rolls under a mass purge of people who have not voted since two thousand twelve or responded to mailed notices from election officials Johnson thinks it's part of a broader strategy to curtail voting rights reducing their opposition don't wanna lose power I mean we're seeing that nation why it's depressing and that's why I'm just trying to be active in a way that I can my parents worked for civil rights in and we're not for going backwards this training is part of an effort launched by Georgia Democrats Stacey Abrams an African American woman who broke new ground in our two thousand eighteen campaign for governor she energized new democratic voters and lost by less than fifty five thousand votes in a largely Republican state there was a record turnout for a mid term election but also hours long waits at some polls election server security breaches and allegations that strict adherence on signature matches dampens participation Abrams says the defeat galvanized her to launch fair fight in the wake of the election my mission was to figure out what works could I do even if I didn't have the title of governor what what can I do to enhance to protect our democracy because the voting rights is the the pinnacle power in our country verified is training grassroots advocates lobbying for new election laws and arguing in federal court the George's election system is unconstitutional Abrams says long lines precinct closures and purging voter rolls are all barriers that disproportionately impact minority voters most of us understand voter suppression as the nineteen sixties images of Billy clubs and hoses and dogs barking aggressive interference but in the twenty first century voter suppression looks like administrative errors it looks like user error it looks like mistakes but it is just is intentional and just as insidious George's current secretary of state Republican Brad wraps and Parker acknowledges there were some problems because of the high turnout in two thousand eighteen but rejects the notion that cleaning up voter rolls is an attempt to gain partisan advantage no what we're trying to do is make sure that the you know Lexus are clean fair and accurate this is something that has been going on in Georgia long before Republicans were in charge in Georgia and courts have upheld the state's authority to purge the voter last after fair fight suit but other election related lawsuits are pending attorney Jack Evans is chairman of the Georgia chapter of the Republican National lawyers association Georgia is ground zero for election law Evans says the focus is here because Georgia is becoming competitive the reality is you know George's changing and there's a lot of transplants coming in from the west coast and the northeast and there's also changing demographics so I think it is time for Republicans to grow the tent but I definitely think it's woke up a lot of Republicans in Georgia now Abrams is expanding fair fight to reach in hopes of putting other states in play she recently traveled to Florida for a town hall with college students to talk about ways they could protect their vote for verifying voter registration for learning how to ask for a provisional ballot if you're turned away at the polls political scientist Andrea Glaspie of Emory University says there are a lot of national groups doing voting rights work but fair fight stands out because it's been able to use the energy around Abrams electoral defeat to try to reap benefits for other Democrats in this election cycle her story was compelling she got a lot of attention by being the first black woman to be nominated by a major party for gubernatorial seat and she was really smart and you know strike while the iron was hot in order to play that type of organization together fair fights political action committee is raising the millions of dollars including a five million dollar contribution from democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg and it's pumping some of that money into battle ground states early fair fight C. E. L. Lauren grow Largo says the idea is to beef up the democratic ground game around voting we're in the mission of making sure our full citizenry can vote we also happen to think that when all Americans are able to vote Democrats win she says they've invested more than a million dollars and sent dozens of staffers in eighteen states to ramp up democratic voting rights infrastructure things like establishing voter hot winds and creating voter protection teams to be in place for the primaries so they can prepare for the general election gathering information and data what is order struggle with when election administrator struggle with what support are they gonna need critics say fair fight is a vehicle for Stacey Abrams political aspirations Abrams counters that she's been doing civil rights work her entire career but acknowledges our interest in higher office including the presidency I see myself as a warrior for democracy but I'm also someone who has been training my entire life to do more as for this year's race Abrams hasn't endorsed any of the democratic presidential candidates but says show welcome a phone call from the eventual nominee when they're looking for a running mate Debbie Elliot NPR news
Bernie Sanders' Campaign to Request Recount of Iowa Caucuses
"Setters presidential campaign Flashdance for partial recount of the Iowa caucus results after the state Democratic Party released results of its recap this late Tuesday the show centers and people to judge ineffective tie me while campaigning in Reno Nevada Sattar says he will take on climate change our administration we'll listen to science not the right wing extremists one word as press secretary Sean Spicer says Sanders truly believe in the principles of socialism while other democratic presidential hopefuls are trying to appeal to liberal activist during the primaries morning Joe Biden will say the code words to the Democrats to to get their vote but that when they go to a general what will kind of be equity talking about I'm not a socialist sponsors of the the the Salem radio network
Bernie Sanders' campaign to request recount of Iowa caucuses
"Iowa state Democratic Party still reeling from failures in collecting and reporting data from the February third caucuses has released additional results after a re canvas announcing that Pete booted Jed still edges past Bernie Sanders in the delegate count by a minuscule margin of point zero zero four percent Sanders senior campaign adviser says they intend to ask for a recount where party officials will use preference cards that the caucus goers spilled out naming their first and second choices Iowa awards forty one national delegates right now booted Jed has thirteen Sanders has twelve the other candidates split fifteen and they're still one more to be awarded to the winner Jackie Quinn Washington
Yal Eisenstat on Facebook and Political Ads
"Last October facebook announced that it would not fact check political ads and their decision quickly. Isolated the social media giant on the Texan twitter on the contrary decided to all political ads and Google restricted them and while that decision angered a lot of people to outside but also inside the company. The critics worry that the twenty twenty presidential elections in the US would be flooded and misinformation and that facebook's decision would make it worse woke up to good code a weekly podcast on ethics in our digital lives may name is gene lobby. And I'm your host to talk about this thorny issue we sit down with your license stats now a visiting fellow at Cornell texts digital life initiative she also teaches a class on tech media and democracy and she has had a fascinating career a public servant for most of her professional life. She served as a sea officer working on eastern Africa in the US then. She was a diplomat overseas before working as a national security adviser to Vice President. Joe Biden in the White House but one day she decided to take her services outside of government and eventually joined facebook where she was hired as their head of global elections integrity operations and the focus of her work was specifically political ads but things did not go as planned and six months she left. I sat down with yellow eyes instead of two weeks ago the day after the Iowa Caucus. I began by asking her. What brought her to facebook. How did she decide that going to? These giant was the next logical step for her civil servants by training who had spent all of her career working on protecting democracy. I left government in two thousand thirteen and my goal at the time was to see what the private sector brings to bear on a lot of the same challenges. I had been working on in government particularly overseas. I was really focused. Middle East and Africa at the time so actually my first role when I left government. It's kind of funny actually. I was looking for one of the biggest I called it. The biggest baddest companies in the world that was having a profound impact on people's lives and wanted to help them figure out how to work better with local communities and in two thousand thirteen. That wasn't actually facebook yet. It was Exxon Mobil so I actually went to head the corporate social responsibility strategy for two years at Exxon and then moved back to New York and started really freaking out to be honest about this breakdown in civil discourse that was happening in the US about. I mean. We've always been polarized. None of that is new but it felt like something really different was happening which is full level of poisonous. Polarization started to dig into. What's what's making that happen. And by the end of two thousand fifteen early two thousand sixteen. I actually really started to think that this breakdown of civil discourse was becoming our biggest threat to our democracy which I know sounds like a big statement for someone who used to head counter extremism work overseas and was like a senior national security person but it really felt really dangerous so I started writing and speaking about it and when facebook called. It's interesting. We're actually recruiting me for slightly different role but still one that was very relevant and we all. We both decided it wasn't the right role for me. And then one minute after Zuckerberg Senate hearing ended. They called me back. They gave me this big shiny title. You said it's a mouthful global head of elections integrity operations For business integrity and for someone like me who fundamentally started to believe that this platform was severely damaging democracy being offered the opportunity to come help them. Really think through this and see if there is a way to steer the ship in a different direction was something I absolutely could not say no to. You realize polarization is a great threat. social media partly responsible of it facebook being the biggest one. You go to facebook your offer that very shiny really kind of cool sounding job you accept it. So can you please bring us back to that scene today? We all have in mind face fixed position on political ads in two thousand and twenty but that was back in two thousand eighteen. That was already in the conversation that the position I guess was very different. What was the political discourse at facebook at the time? And what did you think you were brought to do? And what did you think you could achieve? It really. Wasn't that long if you think about it. After the whole Cambridge analytica scandal became public. So in facebook's defense which is not the way I start many statements but in facebook's defense they were really trying to beef up their teams to really make sure. This didn't happen again to be very frank. It didn't fully understand from recruiters the divisions and the silos within the company yet. So when I came in I realized that what I was really going to be doing I was supposed to be building. A brand new team. Hiring is meant they said as many people as I need on this sort of operational side of how they're going to handle political advertising. How they're going to verify who the advertiser is. What are the lines? They're going to draw between who can advertise. Who needs to be verified ensuring that foreign interference is not happening in the elections. All of those issues but not just for the United States around the world heard of what I really struggled with there is. You're bringing someone like me in whose entire world is about understanding the nuances and the differences between different cultures. Different policies different political realities. And you're asking me to work at a company that Kinda just wants this one scalable solution for the whole planet and people. There knew that was challenging. I'm not criticizing that per se but anyway so the fact checking conversation. We're having right now about political. Ads wasn't actually part of the process. Yet when I first came in what we were talking about when I first came in was it gets in the nitty gritty. What do you even classify a political ad? If somebody WHO's not a political candidate wants to run an ad about climate change is out of political ad and for people who don't understand why it is. It's because in part one of the Russians strategies when they were buying ads on facebook and not just ads. Also the organic contents. Actually a bigger issue was to purposely. Choose the most divisive issues in our political discourse and to fan those flames. This is white. The question is okay. So is that now a political issue? And do we need to verify who the advertiser is if they're advertising something about race relations so it's very sticky very complicated. But that's sort of where we were at. When I first came in those were the issues. We are really exploring. Sounds like you had a lot of Of Room to discuss debate bringing people to maybe steer the boat unfortunately didn't work out that way for me. That was absolutely why I believed. I was going into this role to be frank on my very second day. They're the person that I reported to said. I'm changing your title. She completely disempowers me. They tell me I am not going to be hiring a team. Tell it doesn't let me come to a lot of these meetings. It was very I still to this day. Don't understand why they hired me but I certainly understand. I was never empowered to do the role that I was brought. 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Early voting underway in Nevada ahead of state caucus
"The presidential campaign rolls along the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary are his street this coming Saturday will be the the valley carcasses and in fact there will be another democratic presidential debate that will have coverage of that's coming up on this Wednesday evening as of the winnowing process is under way of democratic presidential hopefuls have just a few more days to make those final pitches in Nevada early voting is underway there ahead of the state's caucuses on Saturday and with more here's Jeff Zeleny with your help we're gonna win here in Nevada
"iowa caucus" Discussed on Correspondents Report
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"iowa caucus" Discussed on Correspondents Report
"Okay now caucusing. It's uniquely American way of voting. Many people in Australia. Perhaps outside some of the political parties wouldn't even know what the activity is but in the midwestern state of Iowa. It's the used to vote for who they want to be the presidential nominee for the Democrats this time round. Of course it's archaic chaotic but Ireland's Argue Democracy in action North American correspondent Catherine this reports from Iowa where she watched the circus unfold. Say to this is sort of might personally. So this is wild game that insurgency May. I've never been to a caucus. I didn't really even know what it was until I got here back. So hang on what he's a caucus will by definition caucuses gatherings of neighbors rather than going to a polling booth to secretly cost ballot. Iowan Democrats do a beat differently. Let's say more social about it. They gather schools. Churches public libraries even inside farmyard bonds. Them they focus simply that means they congregate in the corner of their chosen. Democratic candidate to openly show their support for a nominee in front of their neighbors family and friends. But it's not that simple. There are some rules. Your candidate must get at least fifteen percent of the votes in the room to be considered viable to get pledged delegates which go towards your candidates. Final tally at the Party's national convention in July. This is when the party actually decide who will take on. Donald Trump in November. Never going twenty four four. We break out here all year on this ulceration from previous. Is that once your group? So who has the captain just said he needs focus on a school. Basketball quartered Moore elementary in North West des Moines. Each candidate must get twenty four votes to remain in the race once the ground rules laid out. Let's make sure you're getting your presidential preference reuss space so the Horse Trading begins if your first chosen candidate isn't viable. You have to choose your second best option. But he's the fun part. Your neighbors family and friends can all try to convince you to join the group to the boost their numbers Omega and initially on viable group viable. If you're not not surprise unfamiliar before but you've been waiting a product. Tell us why well actually she came over and talk some ink and this city some of the people and that she mentioned she's Michio reminded me that amiens system from the Midwest. Did you come here tonight? Not Knowing advisable is that. Because you haven't been watching the candidates all no because you've been watching Oliver and so I had something some come uncommitted while others so you will obviously with any of. You had to make a different decision. Wait what did you decide to go with by refining? I think some of the things that Obama couldn't place that trump is eliminated. I stay it's elected and much like a high school debate team leaders in each candidate's group. Get up to pitch for more voters.
Bernie Sanders to hold campaign rally at Tacoma Dome
"On news Bernie Sanders will be in town Monday the democratic presidential hopeful will hold a rally at the Tacoma dome at seven PM we'll be joined by fellow progressive congressman probability jive Paul Sanders is coming off a win in the New Hampshire primary in a second place showing in the Iowa caucuses meanwhile people to judge will be in Seattle Saturday the former south bend Indiana mayor will be holding a
"iowa caucus" Discussed on Reset
"Caucuses are underway. Your way in Iowa right now. We're expecting to get results very soon. Top we're awaiting the results the first results from the Iowa caucus should be coming in very very soon almost two hours. There's these caucuses have been underway and so far no official results yet. This is pretty unusual is zero percent of the precincts have reported so far even though the polls of the caucuses closed what four hours ago no result at all when primary season comes around I wins. Don't cast ballots the caucus which means they meet in high school. Gyms and public libraries vote with their feet sanders supporters stand in one corner. Buddha judge fans stand end in another. It's extremely old school. John Green ran his local caucus on Monday night. We spoke the next morning. How are you feeling today? flummoxed discombobulated addressed frustrated John said the caucusing focusing part when great. The problem was reporting the results in the past caucus. Volunteers have generally Done this by calling into a hotline but a few weeks ago the Iowa Democratic Party volunteers instructions to download a new smartphone APP and the assumption from the Iowa. Democratic Party was that most of us would use this APP to report our results. Okay the second assumption was made by most host of the caucus chairpeople. which was the south is new weird? It's difficult to install so we're just going to phone in like we always have John Understood where his fellow volunteers were coming from he works in it and even he found the APP are to install in order to make sure sure that everything is secure. They want you to do multi factor authentication so when you're doing the registration for MFA you you get a Qr Code. It's one of those square Barco Right. The idea here is that you take a picture of that with your authenticate or APP and if people are confused at this point I get so anyway. You've got this. Qr Code on your phone that you're expected to take a picture of with with your phone. John Eventually got the APP on his phone but when he tried to sign in on Monday before the caucus even started it failed all he got was an error message. Search Protocol denied so he tried to go the old route and call in the results at the end of the night but he got put on hold for way a longer than expected. You had a bunch of people trying to phone results when the State party apparently assumed that the lion's share of I would be using the APP and so we overwhelm the system. The whole thing was shit show and John Wasn't really surprised when you sign up to run a caucus you signing up to meet with your neighbors. You're not signing up to become a the tech meltdown in Iowa delayed caucus results for days but Iowa aside new mobile voting technologies are being piloted across the country today on the show voting. There's an APP for that. I'm Ariel Jim Ross. This is recent.
"iowa caucus" Discussed on The Journal.
"This embarrassing question but my desire to understand understand. What's happening to stronger than my embarrassment? Every little thing is the podcast that answers your burning questions like the one caller Lisa add about a mysterious pain. She feels when she sees other people in pain. Me This feeling by find out more on every little thing. Look for pain gene in your but in our feet. Listen on spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. Welcome back The odd thing about this failure is that it may not have happened were it not for Bernie Sanders and a dispute that the sanders campaign had with the Democratic Party. Back in two thousand sixteen. Here's Elisa basically twenty sixteen sanders. Was this long. Shot candidate who ended up upcoming quite close to winning the nomination Thou Sanders is eight independent. Senator we ran as a Democrat in twenty six t and so there were a lot of complicated located feelings towards Sanders from the Democratic Party of Thou- sort of the process asked lot of Sandra supporters. Felt like it was unfair. Sanders wasn't is an alone. After Hillary Clinton won the nomination in two thousand sixteen both her supporters and the supporters of Sanders formed a commission intended to make the Party nomination nomination process more fair. This commission made a bunch of changes to the way the party selects its nominees. It limited the power of so called Super Delegates Party officials who get a voting say who gets the final nomination and it created more transparency around vote totals and this movement filtered down to state parties including in Iowa so in Iowa originally had reported the final results of the caucus van of the night back in two thousand sixteen if a person in Iowa caucus for a candidate and that candidate didn't have enough votes to be viable the caucus goer our would make a second choice with only the result of that second vote that would be reported publicly but sanders campaign said well. That's not actually matter because people should be recording. Their first choice is because that's technically. They wanted to vote for and that is and remember that would benefit someone like Bernie Sanders because in the first choice. He's going to have strong support but what some of these lower candidates are not viable. They might not necessarily go to something like Bernie Sanders. He might go to someone else. Data is more ideologically allied but the original numbers still show a strong support it for standards this sort of what the campaign was assuming today and I but they were the big push behind where eagled to get this chain so the democratic mm Credit Cardi was supposed to release multiple results but of course. The party didn't release multiple results last night. It didn't release any results at all so in the mind of the Sanders campaign. What went wrong last night? And who do they blame. So they're really really careful to lay blame at this moment but I think that it could still calm what we are seeing his questioning about just the process largely archly. I mean had this APP that had been tested. Widely ahead of the caucuses. They didn't have that sort of dry. Run a not is concerning that they launched it for the first time. People were just downloading it for the very first time learning how to use it so the sanders campaign had been wary of this process. So wary did the sanders campaign actually created their own APP to track the results of the Caucasus. Last night the APP collected the totals from about forty percent percent of the precincts and made an assessment of who was winning which is one justification for why Bernie Sanders implied last night. Without an official tally that he she had one points. The results will be announced and when those results both. I have a good feeling. We're going to be doing very very well here. They wanted to have their data the results and that's ultimately why those numbers later tonight because they felt confident in their numbers now again. They're not their numbers so we don't know what could happen. And it was only forty eighty percent of the results but they had enough questions about the process early on that they've created an APP of their and now nearly a day. After the caucuses says began Iowa Democrats still haven't released all of the results. And how does it feel to you as a political local reporter like this was the first pitch of the twenty twenty election and it was bad does it is a kind of foreboding in for you. It was bad. It's going to be a LA arrives. You know there are all sorts of simple. I mean when the middle of Iowa fifty two greases recess weekend. Snow is melting flooding down the street the gold standard focal poll. That you know as one looks to that was supposed to be released Saturday eight up polls at the last minute about questions of inaccuracies. We really went in not knowing he was ahead in the final days. You know. There's all sorts of weird confusion fusion's felt like of course. Of course this is chaotic. But this is a time when we're really dealing with technology in a way that we have not before so I don't think this is the end of questions about technology as this process goes.
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"iowa caucus" Discussed on Post Reports
"So why impeachment has been happening and it feels like sometimes that impeachment is the only thing that is happening but there have actually been things happening in the government and the White House that are not related to impeachment specifically things a lot of things having to do with the environment yes. This has been a busy month for the administration when it comes to the environment and energy sector even though you wouldn't know it from some of the press coverage so just off the top of my head we have had in this past month. The White House has proposed major changes to the national environmental policy. ACT Today today. We're taking another historic step in our campaign to slash job killing regulations and improve the quality of life for all of our citizens. This this is one of the most important environmental laws that nobody's heard of just celebrated its fiftieth anniversary and it really requires that. The Federal Government scrutinize scrutinize the environmental impact of any action it takes and disclose that to the public and there are a number of changes that the administration is proposing but really the biggest one is that it's nearing to what extent can analyze climate impact of this change for the first time in over forty years today. We're issuing a a proposed new rule under the National Environmental Policy Act to completely overhaul the dysfunctional bureaucratic system that has created these massive passive obstructions then on top of that. They finalized changes to what's called the waters of the United States. Where essentially the federal federal government under the previous administration said that it could weigh in on activities affecting sixty percent of the water bodies in the United States including small and intermittent streams on the grounds that you know for example? If you dredge or Phil or use pesticides right by small waterway could have long term implications for water pollution going on the administration has dramatically scaled. Back which will be subject to federal oversight in the proposal muscle we are clearly defining the difference between federally regulated waterways in those less solely to stay authority interesting so even some of these smaller waterway the federal government used to regulate and be like. You can't do certain things here because it would be damaging to the environment of the waterway. Now they're saying these streams and rivers are not our problem them. You can do what you want exactly. And then on top of that you have that to agencies the Department of Transportation and EPA sent documents to the White House this month outlying how they will change and roll back Federal Mileage Standards Carson light trucks across the country and and we are on the cusp of seeing a final rule that will affect the mercury and other air toxics released by power plants across the country there error. What's unusual is that the administration is not going to weaken the existing standards but say they were never justified? And as a result you could see basically a change to how the administration evaluates pollution going forward and ultimately you could have the industry come in and challenge the basis for those this rules which could ultimately lead them. But why is that like why would they want to make it easier for mercury to be released out into the world. What's interesting is that the the administration would say that they're not interested in that what they are interested in doing is changing the way we calculate the cost and benefits of pollution and so their argument is that when the Obama Administration finalize rule in two thousand twelve they took into account not just the benefits curbing mercury but the fact that power plants would have to put on pollution controls? That would actually keep the kind of soot and other pollutants that kill people from from entering the atmosphere. That's really where you get the Big Bang for your buck with these rules and what. The current administration is arguing. Is that that's fuzzy math. That's not acceptable. And you. I should really only focus on the Putin. You're trying to curb but in doing that. You really are undercutting a lot of the justification for some of the most significant limits on air pollution. We we have in this country and on top of all of that you had to change to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act with the proposed rule that will clarify that in the eyes of the federal the government if you unintentionally kill birds even massive amounts of birds that's not a violation of the century old law whereas if you intentionally kill them that's the only way you could be subject to criminal prosecution cushioning. Wait this seems so random that the administration is turning toward the Migratory Bird Treaty. act like an area where they want to make big changes changes while it might seem a little satiric. That's a law that was passed in one thousand nine hundred was prompted by say high class. Ladies you know targeting birds for their hats and things like that. It actually is a pretty powerful but not well-known law which poses a problem for for energy companies including renewable energy not just oil and gas companies as well as vessels and whole array of activities because essentially in the past historically the federal government has said if you even unintentionally kill birds you could potentially it beyond on the hook for this and so this is including for example oil pits which existed tons of oil and gas operations where birds are attracted to them fallen all in our covered in oil and tied it can be you know you have communication towers or wind turbines. They're noisy they kill the birds. You want to see you birth. Great Radio you just go take a look a bird graveyard go under a windmill. Someday you'll see more birds than you've ever seen ever in your life where where they're not sufficient precautions to prevent deaths and all those kinds of things so it is. It really matters to a lot of folks in this country so this is a set of regulations that that they're there to protect birds but also has served to kind of put limits on a bunch of industries and what they can do related to the environment because people will say okay. Well if you're violating this Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Then you can do. These things would probably have negative consequences for other parts of the environment as well. Exactly so why are all these changes happening now like. Why is this something that the administration is kind of gunning? Well I think the way to think about it is that this is a pivotal HIV. It'll year in president trump's tenure now that we are in the final year of his first term. And in fact. Just what we've been talking about with migratory birds is a great example sample of that. So what happened. Literally on December twenty second 2017 right before Christmas is with the stroke of a pen the acting Top lawyer for the trump administration issued a legal opinion. And it said you know what I've taken a look at this Migratory Bird Treaty Act and how it was enforced under the Obama Administration and they got it wrong. This has been a Damocles sword hanging over the heads of industry. And we're going to reinterpreted and we're not going to enforce the law the way it had been enforced in the past and that was a significant act but it was just a legal opinion it if the next president comes in and wants to issue two pages worth worth of legal interpretation. That's the opposite of that that will completely wipe that off the books and so now what you see the administration doing is. They're trying to make sure that some of these regulatory rollbacks last they WANNA make sure that regardless of what happens second-term not a second term that they are changing the way the law will be applied in America. Cut when it comes to these issues and so that's why this proposal is significant. They're going to work as fast as they can to get it completed by January twenty twenty one and and if they can do that it would have long term repercussions and would take some time to undo and what are some of those long term repercussions that we could be seeing from all of these exchanges and the fact that they're becoming more codified in could elast even trump presidency when you look at all of these changes and what they could mean for the long term. There are decisions that federal officials are making now that have repercussions for for years. I mean they're making changes to long long term plans for how we use publicly. They're changing the terms in which you'd look for the climate impact of all these decisions so while they're making some changes this this year they can certainly reverberate for decades to come. And what do you think these changes are also doing to the government itself and what it's like to be working in parts of the government that are focused on things like protecting the environment. It obviously depends on on different individuals but certainly no one can question. There has been an exodus of scientists under this administration. What we've seen according to the government's own statistics is that in the first two years of the trump administration administration sixteen hundred scientists at least have have left and in certain agencies? It's it's more significant for example in the Environmental Protection Protection Agency in the past three years. Roughly seven hundred scientists have left and only half of them have been replaced. And certainly when you talk to a number of these experts who have left they left for a mix of reasons but it includes the fact that they did not agree with the Policy Direction of this administration that they did not feel that their science was being taken into account in making decisions and and in some cases it was because for example in the case of the Agriculture Department. They're moving to major divisions from Washington DC to Kansas City. They've they've done that and they've lost a huge portion of of those folks and so you know one of the things I think of a lot is kind of what is going on with the institution of the government comment do we have experts in their over the long term the best and brightest who are going to be informing our policies and when you have a significant outflow of employees. That makes a difference..
"iowa caucus" Discussed on Post Reports
"Breath. We sent someone to a Spanish language caucus in Des Moines we sent to people to counties in the eastern part of the state that voted for Obama twice and then trump wants Gallo. Hello and we sent a reporter to a small farming community in the northwestern part of the state and again. We don't have APP results yet but what we were seeing was that Bernie Sanders seemed to have a good night. It came close to winning Iowa in two thousand sixteen and he still has a lot of support here and I would point out that our colleague Maria Sa- Keti I covered the first. Spanish language caucuses in Iowa. She was tweeting from A voting state in Des Moines at a Ymca but two hundred people mostly Latinos showed up and she just took pictures of the people people that were standing for each candidate and Warren Kloba Char Bidoon Buddha judge. They all had just like a handful of people if so much and and then they were overwhelmingly for Bernie Sanders. They said because he had reached out to them often in their native language in Spanish and I thought that was really really notable there was almost no need for realignment and the Bernie Sanders supporters would not be moved. His campaign has been really making an effort to connect connect with non white voters This is something that he struggled with in the last election His movement was seen as kind of one that was very white and so he's gone into this election trying to correct for that and so we saw the results of that at the Ymca that Maria was that but we saw that a Lotta Times. When caucus-goers went in during the first round of caucusing sanders would get a big group of support but then there was the second route caucusing and people who had supported candidates who couldn't get enough support in the room had to basically pick a second pick? Nick I can tell the precinct captains to come over and talk to you all racing. Welcome to walk up to people and say Disney and in a lot of caucuses. We saw that Sanders was not really picking up other people's supporters and in one case in Ankh Ini which is is a suburb of Des Moines. Sanders won the first round. But then he could only get six more people in the second round. And they were mostly all Andrew. Yang supporters quarters twelve thirteen. Meanwhile P. Buddha judge was able to get twenty-seven new supporters the net. He won present. It also seems like not a great night for former Vice President Joe Biden. There were a lot of places where we expected Biden to do quite well and he just didn't didn't he was not getting big numbers. Elizabeth Warren has spent a year organizing here in Iowa. She had one of the best best field programs in the state and again we didn't see a massive overwhelming swell of support for her. You know this seemed to be a really really good night for P. Buddha judge you know he has spent also a lot of time in the state Especially while the senators were stuck in DC for the impeachment. He's been having several events day all over the state and we saw that results in you know what seems to be a lot of support for him. That's interesting thing. If if you're saying that at least anecdotally from what you all saw from those six voting sites that it seems like the people who wanted to vote for Bernie Sanders three people who went in and had him as their first choice and really stuck with him. What do you think that tells us about the candidates and their viability nationally? Well I mean the big challenge for Bernie Sanders. Even before the caucuses happened. Was this impression that he might not table to rally the party around him that while he has some very passionate supporters that he could struggle to get the supporters of other candidates to get behind him and so a big challenge for him is going to be proving thing that he can not only represent his diehard supporters but that he can bring in other Democrats and get them to believe in him and again from the six caucuses that that we went to We were seeing kind of before. Is that that that seems to still be a problem.
"iowa caucus" Discussed on 1A
"Well back to our conversation now how about Iowa and its first in the Nation Caucus Status Democrats including many in Iowa are questioning the state's traditional privacy in presidential politics. Some Iowans feel. It's Justin Right. Voters and other states think the process is unfair with me. Is Holly Christine Brown. The Asian Pacific Islander Caucus Chair for the Iowa the Democrats she's a critic of the Iowa Caucus and shocked big. Nikki is the chair of the Polk County Iowa Democrats. He's here to defend the process. And we've been hearing from lots what's of you. We got a voicemail from a listener whose a defender of the Iowa caucus even though he sometimes wishes his own state had more influence when it comes to national national politics this is from Champaign Illinois. I think that it's reasonable for the parties to continue holding early primaries in Iowa and New Hampshire their their purpose in holding. The primaries is identify. Candidates we'll be viable in the swing states. The states that really decide the election Iowa and New Hampshire are key swing states yes they are demographically representative of many of the others and it's less expensive to conduct a campaign there than it is in the larger state like Ohio Pennsylvania Florida. Although I'd like it if my state had more influence in national politics I think that this system is a reasonable one given what the parties are trying to accomplish. Holly What's what's the problem with Iowa's first in the nation status we've established that the fairness of it and whether I was representative tentative. Do you think that it damages Democrats ability to win. Look a big part of why Democrats go to the caucuses in Iowa is to try to pick the winner. Send that person to the to the general election who in this case can beat president trump. Do you think that there's a flaw in the process that makes it harder to new propel the winner absolutely when you look at the polls of what we're seeing in Iowa. Compared to what we're seeing in other states those polls roles are so wildly different that taking the the results of Iowa and saying. Oh my gosh. But look at how they did in Iowa but that's not representative of what the rest of the nation is feeling about these candidates and so I don't necessarily think that looking to Iowa. Yeah sure we gotTA acted shake hands and get our babies kissed but is is that a really good idea of you know how people feel and you know I feel you. Holly I feel your Sean Sean. Let me ask you about this. This dynamic you were quoted in a recent political article saying I think we need to select a nominee. Hey you said it here. We need to select a nominee who loves Iowa like Obama. Loves Iowa. Now forget about Iowa. What does that mean for the rest of the election and for Iowa's ability to pick the winner? I mean that means that. We need to have presidential candidates candidates in the Democratic Party who can talk anywhere in America not just on the coast not just a big rallies and crowds but at the fish fries and the soups uppers. That Obama excelled at Iowa has one third of our voters in Iowa voted for Brock Obama Barack Obama and Donald Trump we have more swing counties than any any other state in America. We are one of the bellwether states for American politics. And you can't come here and engage in the retail politics and do well. Then you probably won't be a very good presidential candidate and you probably won't be a very good president either Holly I. I want you to address one of the key. Parts of the debate here you. The people of course have mentioned. The candidates have color who've dropped out of the race Cory Booker Kamala Harris Walking pardon me. Julio Castro didn't do well in Iowa but it is also true. They didn't really Paul very well. Anywhere else either. A lot of experts on this show have said Yes yes. I was not diverse. That's part of it but the other part that you can't ignore is the voters of color who have been polled. Didn't support those candidates either and that's why they're gone. Not Because of Iowa. A lot of that is safety and name recognition. When you're a minority voter you're voting for the person? Can you feel is the safest option and sometimes that means that. You can't necessarily vote for the person that you want onto that you agree with the most or that you may necessarily think is the best. President Biden has the biggest name recognition because he was the vice as president of the United States. So we see he's seen as a safe bet by minority voters no Sean. You're quoted voted in an article in politico. That has a lot of people inside Iowa wondering that if I awoke doesn't pick the winner pick the person who goes on to either get the nomination the nation and or beat Donald Trump that Iowa's first in the nation str- status will indeed be threatened. Now there's a version of this conversation. Maybe that goes on every cycle. It seems like it's a lot more serious this time. Is that a real risk. You know it sounds like it's a perennial conversation every four years in every four years. We're absolutely certain that we're going to lose. The Iowa caucuses again so I don't know how real or unreal it is this time But you know I I would say it seems like it's more of a critical critical factor that we're talking about this time for sure. And that's why you know to Holly's point we're trying to make this a much better caucus experience. Instead of always being church basements we're we're renting wells fargo arena tonight. We're renting join university. Were renting the Drake University. NAP Center Every bus in Des Moines tonight. We'll be running free for caucus-goers arcus goers were providing child care at a lot of our sites Last night at our headquarters we were building chairs because we had chair requests with arms and we wanted to make sure that everybody everybody had though so We do feel the pressure and we're committed to making the process as good as we can this time because we know that the whole world's watching you say you feel the pressure. Describe for for me. What the debate is like in the the back rooms discussions among political operators like you like holly inside of Iowa if Iowa it does not succeed in picking the person who beats Donald Trump? What are those conversations really like is the anxiety real as far as the insider conversations and despite my title I'm not really privy to those conversations But I can say at least on the ground with the activist and the organizers that we cater to You you know people really don't want to lose Iowa. There is a culture here that it's important to do it that it's important to be engaged that you need to go to the state fair and see these candidates handed that you need to go to the two thousand events or the last two years and meet the candidates and part of the reason folks are are associated about it and are so undecided is because they value tell you their vote so much that they only want to give it to the best person after. They've met them several times. Talk to them and compare it everybody else and there are very few states where people take take it that seriously and care about it that much. Hollywood are those conversations like for you. What have you heard Is it real this time if Iowa Democrats don't pick the person person who defeats Donald Trump is the Iowa caucus really endanger of going away. Will I hope so. And I'm sure yeah that'll get me in trouble but no honestly I. I don't know that the outcome is the linchpin here. I think it's the fact that we're having having this conversation. And we're seeing so many of the problems cropping up particularly with this caucus. Sean just mentioned that you know in the moines they'll have buses running and they were building shares. But I'm chairing a precinct a small precinct in a small county and You Know I. They had to reach out to another precinct shared just to get the accessibility forms last night. I don't know if I have anybody. I have to make accommodations funds for and this is the kind of thing that we're struggling with. And if this is the same day day of caucus that if these are the kinds of things that I'm having to reach out about and this is supposed to be our best effort I I don't know if this is something that we can really Continue to do well. Well let's talk solutions. Look we talked about the potential of a national primary representative but awfully expensive having other states go first which might be the more representative but might present other problems. Sean a lot of people have asked us whether you shouldn't just have like a rotation system. Sure let Iowa Go. I sometimes highs but have some sort of system where the types of states that are going I is on a rotational basis. And there's more by what do you think about that. Yeah and rotational could make some sense for sure You know it would probably be best to have it rotate between the states. That no that they're gonNA be rotated because you know. This isn't a process that we start start planning for a couple of months ago or even a year ago in Polk County. We've been preparing for the twenty twenty caucuses for three years. Now we've been having meetings about it. We've been making preparations about it so I'd want to make sure that people have several years notice to get ready before they do. So we have one hundred seventy seven precincts in just my county alone. Which means I am? One hundred seventy seven chairs one hundred seventy seven locations after train every single one of them. We fined ten volunteers for every single. One of them Just the cost for printing insights. It's for my county is twenty five thousand dollars of her own pocket just today so It's not something that you take easily by any means. Well it's it's time to turn Dr is towards the Caucasus tonight themselves but holly before we go I have one last question. Look as you know. The parties are getting more polarized as you know the Democratic Party in addition to becoming more diverse is becoming increasingly urban focused. A lot of people would say Iowa has its problems. But if you don't have it you're going to have a Democratic Party that focuses on the city's and forgets about the rural areas. What do you think I think that we can? There are more issues linked together than people realize The climate issues in rural areas are the same name kind of issues that people are facing urban areas. And we just need to see how those are linked together you know what if you're having water quality issues in Iowa. Water quality issues are happening in Flint. And you know those that's a that's something that we can all rally around and find some solidarity and and we don't have to keep ourselves separate on those things. We're all fighting for the same thing I owens are going going to churches and high school gyms across the state tonight too caucus. There's always pressure to pick the right person. Maybe that anxiety is a little more intense this year as is more and more people both inside Iowa and outside Iowa are questioning whether Iowa needs to keep going I holly Kristen Brown Asian Pacific Civic Islander Caucus Chair.
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"Putnam political scientist right and founder of the elections consulting firm F H Q and Peniel Joseph Professor of public affairs at the University of Texas Austin and founding director of the Center for the Study of race in democracy democracy at Tufts University. Doug tweeted this. I'd argue that Iowa has been very representative deleting candidates in Iowa are the ones who are leading nationwide while those candidates who said it's not representatives will. We're doing as bad in Iowa as they were everywhere else and Charles says look at us in Connecticut. We have a presidential primary resold late in the season that the candidate is already chosen. It's just a scam system to funding funnel tax money to politicians of Josh Putnam. If you live in a state that votes much later just Charles half a point. Does your vote count less It doesn't count less in terms of of how this process works. Switches one that that selects delegates to go to the national convention and those delegates who are doing the deciding. Now that said you know. There's some research that suggests the later you are on the calendar. The much more likely turn out is to be lower in those states. But you also can't avoid you can't ignore it just momentum. I mean media narrative and momentum. Look if you're voting meeting sometime. In the summer and Connecticut. Usually the candidate is the nominee is chosen right typically over the course of the last several cycles. However we've seen these races go so or or remain competitive far deeper into the calendar. I mean again on the Republican side. which was was just as large in terms of its field in two thousand sixteen. It was a race that lasted into two may last time so that that would be a if the democratic barmy lasted as long as that. Did this time then Connecticut. At the end of April when it's Prime Maria's would have some say potentially decisive say in who the nominee is on the democratic side. Lots of people are reaching out here. We got a voicemail from one listener. Who thinks a solution solution that could solve this entire issue for a lot of states? Having some states having unfair influence is to just have a national presidential primary. Listen Hi Hey my name is will from Boulder Colorado. I'd like to see serious consideration given to a simultaneous national primary or maybe even in a series of them but which allows everybody the same opportunity to influence the selection of our candidates as it is those in states that are not upfront are left only to being able to make financial contributions to influence. The selection ended up candidates which obviously gives undue influenced those disposable income leaving out or diff- disenfranchising those with less money. So how about National Primary Josh. We've gotten a lot of people tweeting. Sending voice mails and asking us. How about a single national primary? Is it a good idea right. I mean from from simplicity's angle alone. It makes sense right. I mean we all vote on the same day in November are in the general election. Why can't we do that? In a presidential primary setting as well and and it kind of gets back to to some of the trade offs that are involved in this process One one of which is is trying to actually Confront Voters Talk to voters. See them face to face. Part of the reason that Iowa New Hampshire Nevada and South Carolina are where ars because it relatively small states that allows for a brand of retail politics of candidates being on the ground and and shaking hands kissing babies and and talking issues. She's with voters That would potentially be lost in a situation where everyone's voting on the same day where It switches from the ground war of of Retail politics to the air war of of airing ads like Michael Bloomberg doing across the country right now for instance So again part of that is what Tim Advantage. Candidates who have a lot of money at their disposal. Yeah there is. There is no doubt that a national primary. Mary would be extraordinarily expensive. And if you think somebody like Michael Bloomberg who's buying ad time now is having a lot of influence boy. If there were a national primary would probably be even even more pronounced. I want to thank you for joining. Josh Putnam political scientist and founder of the elections consulting firm F. H Q Josh. Thanks for joining us. Thank you And peniel Joseph Professor of Public Affairs at the University of Texas Austin Founding Director of the Center for the Study of race democracy at Tufts and at the University of Texas professor. Ezra Joseph thanks to you thank you. Well let's switch gears now for a moment in here from two people for whom this debate really does hit home. Holly Christine Brown is the Asian Pacific Islander Caucus Chair of the Iowa Democrats and she's critical of this Iowa caucus system. Holly Welcome to one A.. Yes thanks for having me today and and Sean is here. He's chair of the Polk County Iowa. Democrats he's a defender of the caucus system in the corn. Husker state. Sean welcome glad to be here. Holly you're one of the caucus hawkish chairs of the Iowa Democrat. You've been pretty critical of the Iowa Caucus. What do you think is broken about this system and you look around the room of at these political events that these candidates are hosting and what you see is not a very grew a diverse group of people? You see a very white very a Older crowd you don't see very many young people coming out to these events And you don't see very many people of color. You don't see very many people with disabilities and and you know if we're not. Drying those people out to these events were not drying them out to caucus and if we're not trying them out to caucus we're not getting their opinions truly on who they should on who they think we should vote for for president. And you know. Then we're just continuing to marginalize already marginalized people in. That's a big problem album Sean. You're in favor of protecting this first in the nation status for Iowa A. Why do you think it's a good idea? Why do you think I wish you continued to go? First you're a Democrat after all you want the best system for your party absolutely and you know I think to just look at Iowa Mrs Part of the story. It really is the four early states so Iowa goes first but also at the same time. Folks are campaigning in New Hampshire which is an eastern small-state South Carolina which is much more diverse in the south also a small state and Nevada as well which has a much higher Latino population also a small state so although I will get attention today we alternative pumpkins again tomorrow. but we're all one part of that for part early state strategy that all the campaigns deal with and I think when you have all four small states having our part and having our voice in the process also it is very reflective of the party. We got this comment from Phil who says let's recall that South Carolina was going for Clinton until Iowa voters nominated unaided Barack Obama once once they say that Obama can win in Iowa they also went for Obama in South Carolina. And I'm not sure that that fits the idea of white white privilege very well. Holly What do you think about Phil's comment. I think it's an interesting idea but we have to remember how close that that vote was how close delegate count was. That wasn't a an out now win for Obama that that win didn't come from Democratic voters necessarily that was a lot of that grassroots getting out no party voters who didn't traditionally vote in caucuses casses. It's not that Obama can win the Democratic Party and that's going to be the difference. It's that Obama can take the nation and we have to remember that when we talk about how incredible credible it was. That Obama won Iowa. Because when you look at Iowa Iowa's not a blue state so when you're talking about somebody like Obama who was less well known coming coming in and winning Iowa Against Hillary Clinton who was the bigger name at the time. That's what you're talking about Sean. What's your take on the Obama phenomenon? I've noticed of course that most of the time that this debate comes up and it comes up a lot among Democrats especially they look. Iowa is not an extremely diverse state. At at the same time it did choose Barack Obama and ignited that Obama coalition that sent Democrats to victory so therein lies the paradox. Where do you come down on? It and President Obama was certainly defender of Iowa caucuses. Loved the Iowa caucuses and we love him right back and you know the one thing I would say about his experience in Iowa we have to remember before we know Brock Obama the way that we know him now he was the junior senator from the state of Illinois he was up against Hillary Clinton. You know he's up against Bill Richardson. Chris Dodd. Joe Biden heavyweights the Democratic Party and the experience. He had an Iowa something that he really couldn't found in the bigger states like Texas California and some of the other places think about back in two thousand seven two thousand eight if we had started there instead and it was just a TV. V war in Texas or California. Those other folks were so much better funded so much better known had so much more resource in the Democratic Party. They probably probably would have beaten. Barack Obama fitted went that way but in Iowa the retail politics where he really really excelled beyond anybody's wildest expectations he was there for the soup suffers in the county fairs in the churches and at the fish fries and that retail one on one politics that was offered in Iowa made him the heck of a candidate and a heck of president because of it. Audrey tweeted this. The caucus system is inherently flawed. Iowa may be more representative than it's portrayed but but those who actually vote in the caucus generally don't represent the working class voter who doesn't get the day off or younger people who have to be in class or in school. ooh I absolutely agree with that. It's actually a big problem that we're facing still even today on the day of the caucus there are people who are outdoor knocking talking who are hearing from people you know. I can't get there because I don't have a ride. I can't get there because you know I don't have childcare. I don't I don't have to work. I can't get there and this. Disproportionately affects as I said earlier. Marginalized analyzed people. And that's GONNA be people with disabilities people of Color Economically disadvantaged folks and you know these are inevitably the people who The Democratic Party is is wanting to uplift and were saying okay but we want to keep the caucus system so your voice is not really important to us and to me. That's a big problem all right well. Ken commented our facebook page. If the Democrats want an inclusive party than they need to forget this primary system for choosing a presidential candidate more fair would be a ranked choice vote by mail. Counted in early May states can instill hold primaries for local and state office here in Indiana. We don't usually get a choice for the presidential candidate by the time may rolls around the candidate has almost always been selected. Did for us Sean sympathetic yeah. Some folks really like ranked choice and the caucuses actually a pretty good job of ranking folks choices so you don't just have one choice when.
"iowa caucus" Discussed on The Current
"Hi Matt Galloway. This is is a podcast from the February third edition of the current. Did you see they did a New York Times. Poll I think of Iowa aw pitted against every one of the Socialists and we're winning by a lot everyone we're beating them. All Donald Trump will have his eyes on Iowa tonight. And so will anyone else who's interested in American politics. Despite the fact that it is a relatively Lee small number of voters in a small state. The Iowa caucuses are seen as an important indicator of who will be trump's opponent in the presidential election in November the CBC. Susan Ormiston is tracking it all Susan. Good Morning Good Morning that you've been in Iowa for a few days. What is the mood like well? They're anxious I mean. They feel the weight of this decision. You know people from outside the state who are here. Campaigning for the various candidates are looking at Iowa and saying hey I I hope you got this right you got this right like this is such an important decision seen as a critical election. Perhaps more than we've seen in a generation or more four Democrats are desperate of course to change the political map here but I think they're worried map that they don't know they have the secret sauce yet. They haven't figured out who to coalesce around and so given that. What if the campaigns been like for the candidates who are scrambling for those votes? Well Frantic. I mean you know several off the top candidates three of them were stuck in Washington in the impeachment trial for the last two weeks. They've been sending surrogates out everything from their daughter their their husband their dog with with Elizabeth Warren so now they were back in the state on the weekend running around doing multiple events a large small. This is an industry here. I was the first state we know that they have a certain pride in that. So you see buses and camping ads and small gatherings large gatherings what is critical. Though is people people are engaged. I mean only about sixteen percent of Democrats actually caucus on any given for years. But the mood here is everybody knows. Does your in town for the caucuses. It's a ritual here and is that why it matters again no slight to our dear friends in Iowa but is it the fact that this is i. Is that why this is so important and I is important. Iowa isn't important but being I is so it will give a signal of primarily who is viable who will get momentum coming out of this and it's not just how many delegates get because they are few from a small state like this but it's is this it is a candidate going to have the confidence and therefore will it be. Will that person be able to continue to raise money and go forward into the next states. You talked about the candidates being desperate. What about the people there who are? We'll be part of those caucuses. People excited about what they're going to go through today into night yes they are excited. But as I described I asked one person about the gem election which is really the big vote along game and I said what about it and he he said I'm I'm I'm hopeful. Confidence sort of ish. Thanks didn't and he said No. He said it's tough and we're worried. So that's really the essence. Here they know the stakes and they're not sure how it's all going to work out or and who is best poised to lead them. We heard in that clip at the beginning of the president. Talking about All the polling recent polling suggests that Bernie Sanders Seems seems to have some momentum. Is that felt in Iowa. Do you see evidence of that. They're absolutely all weekend. I mean I stood three feet from Bernie Sanders in a cafe on Saturday and heard him speak and thanked his supporters. He's got an impressive ground game here and people are coming coming in from out of state to canvas for him and they've been doing that for weeks and it was almost evangelical in that room. Matt he would say you no. Millions of Americans are going broke trying to pay for healthcare. And I heard a guy say that ain't right and he said that ain't right very interactive very close very intimate demint. And I'll tell you if Bernie Sanders is surging. It is really making the democratic elite in the party. Nervous because they see Bernie as a candidate the too far to the left to be able to attract a broader representation of Republicans or pardon me Democrats and even attracts a moderate Republicans who are fed up with trump. And and they are very worried. That out of Iowa Bernie may surge. And what will they do then. We had a conversation last week with a former Republican strategist operative of who is now offering tips to the Democrats and his point was. This is all about winning to your point. How much of this caucus is about which candidates can beat Donald Trump as opposed to any of the other issues? That might be play over the course of this campaign. That is the only question I mean. Democrats in their your Heart's in Iowa. No tonight they have to go in there and express a confidence for someone who will be able to do what to beat Donald Trump to drum him out out of the White House however. That's not such an easy solution. They're not sure which way is the best. Should they go for a trusted experience. Voice like Joe Biden or should they go for a bold new. Let's really shake things up Bernie Sanders and that's where they're struggling. Which is the best solution to fight Donald trump but in the end? That is the only ballot question here. It's just how will they get there. How representative is what we will see? See Tonight of of the larger. You talked about that long. Game of the larger fight not just for the presidency but for the Democratic nomination because as we mentioned this is a small number of voters in a small state. So how how seriously should we take what happens tonight. Oh I think we should take it very seriously. It is a signal. It's a signal of what's to come. It may be a signal. There's going to be a fight within the party about which direction they go progressive or it. More to the moderates it may be a signal of who has the momentum to actually attract people to get out and vote because that's critical but in the in the representation here in Iowa it's majority ninety percent white so that isn't America America so it's a very small fragment of the population. The Democratic Democrat the demography of the country. And that's where people like. Joe Joe Biden saying look you. They're already saying I may not win here. But Hey in South Carolina. I've got all the African American votes are most of them and I'm going to do very well so it's an indicator indicator but it's not totally representative. We'll be watching and listening Susan thank you. You're welcome Susan Senior correspondent she is in Des Moines Iowa Iowa. This is the current on C._B._C.. Radio one my. Name's Matt Galloway for More C._B._C.. PODCASTS Goto C._B._C.. Dot C._A. Slash podcasts..
"iowa caucus" Discussed on Here & Now
"Doing that on. TV On Internet Internet in the newspaper. Wh what's your typical Iowan getting their news from well all the campaigns are gonNA typically do kind of a mixture of all of those types of things but each campaign does have a different strategy that they use you know for example on our campus In our student union. There is an ad now for Tom Steyer. That is a fixed above where the campus newspapers are. I've never seen a candidate do any kind of AD in Iowa like that so he has a very different print media strategy. He is a buying ads on spotify buying ads on things that are That some of the other candidates not doing at the same time if I go to my browser and I opened up the Washington Post. I'm going to get a pizza Chad. So the candidates have different strategies that they're using to try to get to the voter demographics that they they wanNA touch touch. Christopher you know. The likely caucus goers were most islands are being completely inundated with ads. I think people are frustrated by the campaign ads. But at the same any time we know that caucus goers are notoriously late deciders they make their decision in the last week or so. So you know they. They don't WanNa see anymore that campaign ads but on the either hand those campaign ads are trying to persuade voters to come over to their camp. Voters who are are caucus-goers who are potentially undecided. And so they don't want to see the ads but they're still trying to make up their decision. So there's kind of this back and forth. How much do endorsements matter by? Let's say the Des Moines Register which endorsed Elizabeth Warren. They're part of the calculation In this kind of environment though a an endorsement from somebody you personally know which could be a state legislator but it could also be your neighbor down on the street because remember the Caucasus or precinct caucuses and precincts or neighborhoods and on the democratic side. When you go to caucus you're GONNA literally go stand stand in the corner with your people who are supporting the candidate that you support? They're going to be people there that you know up knowing Someone personally who may be advocating waiting for you to come over to their camp can make different so my neighbor joe down the street who I really respect and I know he follows things and so if he's going with candidate X.. Maybe I'll consider that but I will. Voters art only relying on ads for information. We asked voters where they get their political news. We get our news about the campaign primarily from.
"iowa caucus" Discussed on Here & Now
"Thank you so much. Enjoy your time in Iowa. Thanks so why is it that Iowa gets to go first in the nominating process. Every four years for answers I spoke with Steffan Schmidt professor of political science at Iowa State University and asked him. How the caucuses focuses became so important? It's really Jimmy Carter's fault because When the reforms came through after the Democratic Party kind of imploded imploded in Chicago at the convention This unknown governor from Georgia came to Iowa thinking he might run for president and we called. Oldham Jimmy who at the time. Because we didn't know who he was and when he came in second behind uncommitted but the media said WHO. Jimmy Carter Won. The Iowa caucuses and then he went on to get the nomination and to win the election. There was a kind of sense that there was something going on in Iowa. That was really interesting. And that opportunity for Jimmy Carter came out of the aftermath of the chaos of the nineteen sixty eight Democratic convention. It did because what happened. Happened was The Democratic Party said we need more inclusion. We need to bring in more people and they sent out word to all the state Democratic Party organizations musicians and here in Ames Iowa the chair of the Iowa Democratic Party looked at it and said Oh my God. We've got to do all this paperwork. We don't have xerox. It's machines we don't have faxes. We don't have the Internet and if we're GONNA have a caucus and follow the rules and then send on the results to the next level which would be the county conventions with better start early and the only reason Iowa's first in the nation is because Iowa said we gotta do this by January and none of the other states did so what was I was basically the result of poor technology. Now we've been talking about the democratic side. What about for Republicans what was the first important Iowa Caucus for Republicans? Well the Republicans really looked at what happened with Jimmy Carter and the media you know storm basically and they said this is pretty good and they got together. Imagine that and said. Why don't we both parties? Do this At the same time in one thousand nine hundred seventy six was really the launching point and after that Democrats and Republicans held their caucuses on the same night. The media came name the media center In des Moines collected all that and and it became a bipartisan. Kind of collaborative thing and New Hampshire joined joined in by saying well. Okay we WANNA have our primary right after. The Iowa caucuses so one week after Iowa we want to have a primary here and and that became institutionalized and to this day in two thousand twenty. That's still how it's going to happen. Has Anybody become the nominee of the party without coming in and let's say the top three in the Iowa caucus nope never. I'm no I'm looking at at right here. All the results from one thousand nine hundred seventy six to twenty when you sixteen which is the relevant timeframe I keep telling the media. I just did a huge interview with a Spanish language cable network and and they said well you know who has to to win in Iowa come in I and I said no no who has to come in first second or third and it's not because I have some sort of magic potion in it's water it's because the Iowa caucus attendees tend to basically reflect pretty much the partisans in in all the rest of the states the people in other words who vote in primaries and other states Iowa is not way out in some weird field. It's very much part of the partisan a mood of the time. So when the Republican Party was more moderate You had more moderate Republicans in Iowa as well winning the the caucuses and when the Republicans became more conservative I were Republicans. Were also moving in that direction but does the fact that Iowa is one of the whitest states in the country make it not as representative as it used to be the answer. Is Barack Obama. Won the Iowa caucuses would never have become Candidate of the Party and won the presidency. If you hadn't won in Iowa and when when mostly White Iowa Democrats who by the way can be very progressive Decided Barack Obama looks really good. Voters I think in the Democratic Party and the rest of the country said That's interesting and you know the I would say. Is that if you had a place where the poll numbers were huge for. Let's say Cory Booker then. I might be questionable questionable but frankly this year the poll numbers for minority candidates. Who unfortunately have dropped out? We're very poor in the rest of the country entry and so whatever happens on caucus night I think Yes you can make the case. I was small Iowa's to rural Iowa's two has too few minorities in to white but the people that I once choose on caucus night ten to resonate well with voters voters in other parts of the country and so- Iowa doesn't really choose the candidate for president and it just SORTA says here are three people that that we like in the Democratic and Republican parties and You guys go ahead you guys and Gals in New Hampshire and South Carolina and Nevada and then Super Tuesday Those are the states that really put the the nail in the coffin. Let's let's say but you get your momentum in Iowa. Oh you mentioned the word the big Mo the big mole is is because the media is crazy and they all come here and they come from every part of the world. I did a Spanish Basque radio station interview today. And the woman said they've never heard of Iowa and they have no idea how that works. Can you please explain that for Basque radio listeners. And so the media media comes and of course reports what these candidates are doing what they're eating. It's information that can be gathered in small settings where the candidates the dates are talking to individuals and it gives people in the rest of the United States more insight. I think into the candidates then then if they were running in a humongous state with the primary and nothing but the television as the medium for reaching voters. I think it's a nice way to do it. Okay well since you've already explained it for the Basque audience now. Can you for our audience do the thing that we have to do. Every four years which is explained how the caucus works exactly. It's easy but complicated in execution that the Republicans have a very easy system which is on caucus night. They they show up at their precinct and they show up and the Republicans come in and there are few speeches made but then they vote on a ballot for their preferred candidate. The votes are counted and then the party reports the results from all of those boxes where the people voted. The Democrats have a really complex flex system in order to Create opportunities for more diverse candidates and and more participation. So you come in. You actually are asked to declare declare the candidate that you are going to vote for. And then the person running the caucus begins to count the number of people who said they're going to vote old for Let's say Tom Steyer or the number. That are going to vote for Joe Biden and those candidates have to have fifteen percent and of the number of people that are attending that particular precent. So there's a fifteen percent what they call viability rule and that means if you you have fourteen or thirteen percent you're not viable and therefore if you're voting for that candidate you now have to switch and go support one of the others. What's that is viable and that sometimes takes a long time to do that? And then there is a mathematical process that I understand that Albert Einstein nine when he heard about it said I don't understand is the most complicated mathematics because a graduate student from Iowa. State University was put in charge of writing the equation for what are called delegate equivalents and so on caucus night. What you're really getting is a a reading of the mood? You'd of Iowa Democrats or in this case. Republicans will also be there and the record of their judgment in Iowa one-two-three. Three David Gibson was a great reporter of one of the best in the world. I think politically when said that you know there are three tickets out of Iowa. There's was the first class ticket. And you know the next business class. And then the last down by the bathrooms in the back of the plane And those three have a pretty good chance dance when they get to New Hampshire of reversing the results and so Obama wins in Iowa but Hillary Clinton wins in New Hampshire. And then it's off to the races races I think that particular contest was fascinating because Obama and Hillary Clinton of course fought it out onto the last delegate in either the Virgin Virgin Islands or Guam. I can't remember which And he became the candidate and he became.
"iowa caucus" Discussed on Radio Atlantic
"You have Senator Joni Ernst calling his remarks the last year racist for the first time even though he said the same exact thing in October on a television and she didn't say a thing in campaign with afterwards. But that's it's a whole different thing There seems to have been a sense of the Republican Party in the last year of just like enough with Steve King Nationally but but again That's after he he he won. But here's here's what I see in the district when I first went on my first thirty nine county tour. I stopped in a very rural county and in started talking with them and ask what's happening and they needed thirty nine employees for the harvest in not one American citizen applied in. So there's this huge need for workforce and when I talk about that throughout the whole district. I see a lot of heads nod in in especially in rooms that aren't democratic friendly and in that immediately transition into to immigration in where we're at in in just trying to find practical approaches to this issue and because the majority of kids I graduated with they all moved moved away but at the same time you look at my high school was four percent minority when I graduated twenty one years ago and now it's twenty four percent Latin necks six some have migrated. Some have just moved from California in what we're seeing in these dying towns in these towns that are are shrinking. Some of these main streets. The only things coming in is as a Mexican restaurant or Mexican grocery store. And that's that's the reality of it in in you. Look at the history of Iowa. We had a Republican governor Robert. Ray who welcomed welcome the Thai Dom Culture from Laos and Vietnam and all that area in the seventies we we have a very welcoming culture in. That's the traditional way in in so for for us to have representative king as our congressman It it's it's not the norm. It's it's extreme. I mean he when he was on the Holocaust Holocaust trip and then he took a side trip to meet with Neo Nazis in Austria that was reported in the Washington Post. He was interviewed in Austria. Any talked about the great replacement in that theory. I I mean that's pretty conspiracy theory driven in. So what king represents the even though he's considered are representative where he we stand on immigration is is pretty radical in? I feel most people in the district. don't agree with it. Even though they might have voted for him. I I think that to come back to the beginning of how much we missed of Iowa. I think what one of the things that I have seen over and over again N.. Out on the trail is how the country is different in how people conceive of it that must be this place that's just all corn and white people and and and there is a lot of corn. There are a lot of white people. let's talk about corn though That is still a big league part of Iowa and I think In the national conversation about the trade war it gets talked about as Yeah they're tariffs Harrison. Oh things are gonNA cost more. There was a whole back and forth about how Avocados are going to cost more. Yeah that is so divorced from the experience variance again that I have seen people having in Iowa when I traveled in in Ohio in Wisconsin. In Your district there is. There's a lot of farm country. We're the second most agriculture producing district in America and I think there's a narrative that if the tariffs ended tomorrow zero farmers are going to be okay and that's completely wrong It's years a market consolidation that is really its forces them to farmer certain way and so we have these multi-national the national corporations that are dictating. How we farm and how much farmers get paid The reality of the district is We have to farm-to-table restaurants. In all thirty nine counties. We have farmers not make a dime. We have grocery stores closing all over the place. And who are we doing this for then if we're not farmers aren't aren't making a prophet like I it it it's the system's a mess in in we have these get bigger get off the farm policies in if we don't change In the next generation. WE'RE GONNA end up being a just a bunch of contract employees and that's the end of family farms right and so I think the number one thing that I've I've worked on about five or six of the presidential a rural policies and the number. One thing I I pushed on them is we have to enforce our antitrust laws. If if you're if you're for Farmers being able to make a dime and stay on their land. It's antitrust if you're for fairness and a level playing field antitrust if you want to combat climate change inch you we have to enforce our antitrust laws or these multi-national corporations are going to dictate what we're doing. Have the subsidies that have been put out by the Administration Administration helped the bailouts Yeah so they would call them subsidies you. This is for farms that I have have reported loss of income because of the tariffs and the trade war that the administration has been handing out billions of dollars But of course a a lot of that money has ended up with large. Farming conglomerates bright. And that's it. It's similar to the payouts. In subsidies we see in the farm bill. A lot of the the largest farms get the benefits in a lot of money ends up going to Wall Street or South America to J B S The folks who actually really need it the middle sized sized farm those folks in in younger farmers. They're not receiving what they need the bailout and the farm bill are pretty consistent that it's get bigger. Get off the farm and a see. The things like in Wisconsin. The farmer suicide rate of people just Giving up yeah I mean. Loan delinquencies are skyrocketing Bankruptcies bankruptcies the skyrocketing farmer suicides is just awful. It's one of those things that so much agriculture's it's driven by policy is just. It's it's really sad to see right now okay so Monday night. This all comes together in. The caucuses caucuses are weird. Things things I don't think that it becomes such thing. I A- caucuses but to really understand. What is that in high school gyms in a a common rooms of social halls Sometimes in homes. I met American Legion American Legion. People come together and the way that it is is that And they walk into the room and the caucus unfolds before them. This is not going to be your first caucus. What can you just for people who I don't know this experience? What what it's like to walk into that room? Yeah I mean it's it's urine for a long night you have to be in line by seven. PM and It's a and if you're in a more metropolitan area you're going to have to move around and in each each corner in each different areas for different candidates and you go there initially and you you you set place than you gotTa do the counting and then this year it's different grant where the years before you can move around a few times now it. It's there's only two counts. Yep and so if you're viable On the first time which means that you're candidate has gotten fifty percent of the the people in the room bright in if you're viable then you're stuck in that so if you're if you're undecided and there's enough enough people to be fifteen percent undecided Then you're stuck in undecided. You don't get to choose Jimmy Carter who made the Iowa caucuses a thing Eh Bhai ever says he won I o but actually came. In second uncommitted came in I and I love it or leave it. That's how it is the really interesting part is after the first round for me and I think it's it's this is what the entire caucus is going to be coming down to. which campaigns are well Organiz his which they have precinct captains who to these people who are not viable whether it's somebody undecided or somebody from a campaign that didn't make that fifteen percent threshold? Do they have that skill to convince them that their candidates the best candidate in a very short amount short amount of time and so I love the Caucasus. I absolutely love them. I'm also ready for them to be over a good place to end JD. Shelton thank you for being here on the ticket..
"iowa caucus" Discussed on Radio Atlantic
"Hi this side of the Atlantic political correspondent and this is the first I episode of the ticket politics from the Atlantic. If you're new to the show welcome and if you've been subscribed to radio LANDIK welcome back. It's twenty twenty so it's election time. Maybe the most important presidential election of any of our lifetimes the results repercussions will shape the future of the country and the planet. And so we're going all in politics but I'm trying to go at this election in a different. I'm going to dig into what matters what's happening beyond the cable news chatter and and I want to bring you along for the ride for the last year and a half. I've been traveling all around the country to all the early states in the swing states and back to DC and I'M GONNA keep racking up those frequent flyer miles as the year goes on and this week. I'm where it's all going down on Monday night. Uh and actually for the start of this episode. I wanted to bring in the person who's been making the show. Since Radio Atlanta began over two years ago. You've heard his name in the credits. Each week producer Kevin Townsend. I Kevin so I was in a few days. You're about to fly there what What number flight is this style for you this past year it? It is is hard to keep count. I have gone a lot and so this week. You interviewed someone who's running for Congress in Iowa. I'm but before we get to that conversation I thought maybe it'd be helpful to do some setup So for people that don't go to Iowa like every week like you do Why does Iowa vote I it votes I because ahead of the nineteen seventy six election? There were people in Iowa some democratic operatives who decided they wanted to have the first vote and so they got out ahead of New Hampshire which was the first primary to say that they were GonNa have caucuses and then it became a big deal right away because in nineteen seventy six Jimmy Carter who basically nobody'd ever heard of he was. The governor of Georgia was running and he did really well in Iowa. Came came in second uncommitted to anybody came in first and that creates a buzz around him and he goes on obviously to become the nominee and the president and so people say oh I was big deal and then Republicans and Democrats both started tracking their way to Iowa every four years and Here we are ultimately thank you. Jimmy Carter history's greatest monster under the if not for Jimmy Carter. I would not have a favorite restaurant in Cedar rapids so I was had this role in American elections for almost a half century. Now now but a lot of the chatter ahead of the election hasn't been just about who's going to win Iowa it's also about. Why do we let this very white very unrepresentative state decide our our president? Yeah and it's been an issue because Iowa is not reflective of the rest of the country in demographics in pretty much any way There there is no major city there In terms of the racial and ethnic breakdown. It is a more diverse state than it was even ten years ago but is ninety something percent white it is an older state it is just not what the country looks like. And so you have this. This influence over the process that has to happen is the first state that votes that is done by something that doesn't look the country's all And with that conversation that's happening thing though looks like this year might be kind of a book end to the Jimmy Carter years of innovating and creating that our caucuses essentially creating what they are now that this might kind of be possibly the end of the story. Is that right yeah. That pressure has been building for several election cycles. But this year it seems to really come to a head because this started out as the most diverse field in in the history of any political party including the Democratic Party but then ended up with a list of front runner finalists who are all white. And that has prompted a discussion discussion of whether it's because of Iowa going first so that happened Iowans would point out that Barack Obama won the caucus in two thousand eight and Hillary Clinton won the carcass in two thousand sixteen so they have a pretty good track record of not just picking white men but there are some realities that are about Iowa and then are about the race as a whole. It's not not just because of Iowa. The field ended up looking like. Yeah Yeah Okay so all eyes on Iowa now onto the show this week's guest is jd. Shelton whose campaign video you can hear narrated by Kevin Costner. Mr Field of dreams himself. It is here. Uh Among the Rolling Hills Shelton is a former baseball player and fifth generation Iowan. He ran as a Democrat against the famously. Anti immigrant and ends in PHOBIC Steve King in two thousand eighteen. He came close to beating King. Now they're up against each other again this year and I spent a lot of time in Iowa but Shelton spent most most of life their sense of who we are so while everyone else does the WHO's up and who's down punditry. I wanted to talk to him to understand how this it's really looks on the ground. Take a listen JD. Shelton thanks for being here on the ticket. it's an honor to be here. Thanks for having me so I I have spent so much time in Iowa every political reporters spent so much time in Iowa all the politicians everybody but with all this coming. It's just such a weird way of seeing a state where you go from Eventua- von there are restaurants that I like in various cities now but I was your life. It's your entire your life. What do you think we all missed about Iowa over the course of this? Well I mean if I had to guess you you probably Know Moines pretty well no cedar rapids pretty well and maybe on the eastern side of the state pretty well You're not a lot of folks. Come out to western Iowa I live in Sioux city which is an arm's length away from Des Moines. which I like to say is is an arm's length away from DC and so It's interesting we just are wrapping up our thirty nine county town hall of the fourth. Congressional district has thirty nine counties in. We're doing them. In towns of UH under a thousand people and honestly impeachment has come up twice yeah and and so things like that. It's not always the narrative that I think some some of the national folks always talk about but It's one of those things where You really see the pain. That's happening in America in rural America is pretty prevalent in in my neck of the woods. And I I think that's one thing that a lot of these presidential campaigns when they come up it's one thing to talk about some of these things and it's another thing to actually feel it in in The folks who do make it up North West Iowa think. They're they're seeing that. What is that pain We're the second most agriculture producing district in America. So it's very much Agriculture your culture driven and I think a lot of folks just assume that if the tariffs ended tomorrow which Lord knows. That's not gonNA happen but that farmers will be okay. And that's not the truth. We see market consolidation in years of allowing mergers. And and what we're seeing right now are a lot of small towns struggling just to keep their local grocery stores alive. It leads to a question. That is the bigger question that everybody always has about Iowa. It's my friends and family and I even Fella L. Journalist sometimes answers why why why why are you going there. Why is it I so I mean and and the argument comes back? Well it's representative but it's not representative obviously demographically of the country. It's representative of some things about the country. I would assume that as a good Iowan and a good island politician you are not going to take a stand against Iowa earth I'm not GonNa Houlihan Castro but You know I think there is something to be said about Diversity in in what a caucus versus a primary and all that I think we need especially as a Democratic Party. We need to be very open about things. That race does play in a lot of different things that it matters where you grow up and how much access you have to political candidates and I understand that and I think it's a dialogue that we need to really have however I think there should be even class diversity in DC working class candidates. And that's one thing I'm trying to do is be a working glass candidate who makes it To Congress and in I think that discussion needs to be had but You Know Iowa has a lot of benefits to it I think we do a really good job of forcing candidates to to be retail politics in UC traditionally senators from large states. Don't do well here because they're used to just fundraising input on TV ads. But when you have to go out there and meet people with where they're at There's something to be said about that and especially for someone who's going for the biggest office in the land and I'm proud of we've been able to do so far and it's a more and more criticism comes each time and so it'll be interesting to see what happens next. I often say a in somewhat defensive Iowa no The rationale that seems to me of this point is it may not have been the best system system in the first place.
"iowa caucus" Discussed on WSJ What's News
"You so much David. Tonight is the first Democratic presidential debate of the New Year and the last before next month's Iowa Caucus voters begin the process of picking a Democratic nominee dominy to take on president trump in November. Just six candidates will be on stage tonight a much smaller field than in previous debates joining me now with more on what to watch for for his Wall Street Journal reporter Emily Emily. I want to start with impeachment. We now know that the House has vote tomorrow. Wednesday on sending the articles of impeachment Richman over to the Senate and the schedule there in the Senate could cut down on campaign time during a crucial period for some of these candidates. What should we keep an eye on? Tonight tonight's going to be really interesting because we'll see some of these candidates likely bring up impeachment and what it means especially for the senator so let's not forget we've got Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar on the debate stage. We've also got Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado who didn't qualify for the debate. So they're still four senators running and trying to get the Democratic nomination for president and most all of them have said in prior events and reiterated again and again that they will fill their senatorial duties. You know that they would participate in any trial as a senator. You know there are juror and you know it really comes up where they'll have surrogates out on the trail and we don't know exactly how they'll plant split their time but we know that they will need to split their time. Okay let's shift gears to foreign policy. See there's a lot of talk about that here and it's likely the candidates will be asked to weigh in on. US policy specifically toward Iran after the strike that killed military leader. Kacem Sulejmani. Imani what will you be looking out for a have to imagine. This is gonNA come up during the debate. Stage after the trump administration ordered the strike that really unprompted rebukes not only from Democrats in Congress but especially on the campaign trail and a number of the Democratic contenders for president. Really said that they they thought that president trump had brought the US to the brink of war. We've got Senator Bernie Sanders who used the Iran. Tensions to highlight former vice president. Joe Biden's ends two thousand to vote. That was when he was a senator and he voted for the Iraq war and then Mr Sanders. At that time he was a member of the House voted against it and Mr Sure Sanders allies have argued that Joe Biden did not choke a judgment about engagement overseas whereas Joe Biden's allies on the other hand said the Bush administration misled Congress in the public ahead of the war and let's not forget former vice president. Joe Biden has repeatedly on the campaign trail stressed his experience in terms of foreign policy and how he was really a point person during the Obama administration on that end. And let's not forget http Buddha judge. He's the former South Bend Indiana mayor and he is going to be the only military veteran on the stage. And it's something that he is likely to bring up experience if any foreign policy discussion emerges Peter Judges thirty seven years old and he's really called for a new generation of leadership in the US. Let's turn to the candidates themselves this week. We saw a bit of a skirmish between Senator Sanders and Warren. Who said that her colleague had told her in two thousand eighteen? That at a woman couldn't win the presidency. Sanders says that was not true. How might this impact the dynamics on the debate stage tonight you know? The friendship between Senators Warren and Sanders is being tested. They've got people from all different sides saying what their version of. That story is from that that dinner. That has come up on a a lot of it. You know non animus sources and even earlier today we saw Bernie Sanders campaign manager had basically tweeted. Let's not forget what we're fighting for here so so but there's definitely a lot of tension between these two candidates who are both viewed as pretty far to the left and have a lot of overlap in supporter. So it's going GonNa be really interesting to see if they are engaging with each other if the tension is still there on the debate stage or if they're just going to try to brush it off and and focus on what. The campaigns have sat are their top priority. which is defeating president trump? A follow up on Sanders. He's doing pretty well in the polls lately and has so far avoided needed a lot of criticism on the debate stage. Seems like from what you're saying. That might change tonight. Indeed so for a while it was seemed like Bernie Sanders was really not going to critique anyone align and the few times that he did. It's come up a little bit. It was almost like I can believe it. You Know Sanders is going to go after someone whereas other candidates would be have a little that sharper elbows but we think that it's possible. A lot of candidates might pile on to Bernie Sanders because he read a lot of the headlines. Recently while a lot of them say Bernice Une- is back. That's based on a couple things. He's got some good polling results. Recently he was leading the field in a really closely watched Iowa poll that it just came out on Friday. And let's not forget Bernie Sanders had a massive fund raising haul. He brought in thirty four point. Five million dollars. which is the most of any Democratic presidential candidate so far this cycle emily one final question and that's on diversity which the candidates have been questioned about previously there? Will we six white candidates on the debate stage tonight. That's after New Jersey. Senator Corey Booker dropped. His Bid and entrepreneur. Andrew Yang failed to qualify. How do you think the candidates candidates will be addressing that tonight? It'll be really interesting to see how or if it comes up. The Democratic Party has to appeal to a massive base of black voters Latino voters and the growing Asian American Pacific islander population so even if the candidates on the debate stage are not diverse the Democratic Democrat Party. Very much as it's going to be really interesting to see if they bring it up on their own or if they're asked about it did come up in the Los Angeles US Democratic debate which was the last one just a couple of weeks ago and Andrew Yang who is the only diverse candidate on the stage then was asked about it and he said he was both honored privilege but also couldn't believe that he was the only diverse candidate on this stage so we still have former Massachusetts governor. Deval Patrick running in last minute bid. That really hasn't been able to gain a lot of traction and like you said entrepreneurial. Andrew Young didn't qualify for this debate and Cory Booker New Jersey senator. The judge dropped out earlier. This Week and California senator. Kamala Harris dropped out before the Los Angeles debate. So there's been a lot of changes recently and you you know. We'll just kinda see what happens. In terms of the candidates not necessarily representing the Democratic Party voter base. Tonight plenty to watch for this evening. Wall Wall Street Journal reporter Emily Glazer. Thank you so much for joining us. Thanks for having me the debate airs on CNN nine PM Eastern. We'll have post debate coverage on our website website analysis tomorrow morning on our A._M.. Edition and that's what's news for this Tuesday afternoon. I'm Anne Marie for totally for the Wall Street Journal. Thanks for listening..
"iowa caucus" Discussed on The Axe Files with David Axelrod
"To have a person person who can beat the current occupant almost no people who who voted for only two percent i do i do how are those conversations. They're not a fan of trump however they're also not a big fan of warren. They're also not a big fan of some of the other more progressive candidates on our ticket or who are advocating award the top of the ticket and so i'm trying to balance my own desires and also tried to look at what can i what can i do to bring and the majority of islands together behind ticket that is non trump. You know the name that hasn't come up at all. Here's the person who's leading the polls <hes> and that's vice president the and one of the arguments that you hear advance for him and said he is the guy he's leading in the national polls against <hes> against trump but i don't. I don't hear his name here. What no i guess icy-blue competitors at the judge a guy who's essentially war essentially by just four decades younger okay and and i'm thirty seven judges essentially my age and so maybe i see myself war in this yeah i don't i it was like you know i mean i don't have probably by all quite frankly i just feel like like if he had ran in sixteen and would have been more and for me warid and buy new their time was four years ago. It's not now and so i'm looking for a new candidate dr democratic party in the direction. I still want to see it go. I wanna see somebody drive the country forward and have like oh bob still in the wake of dayton and el paso we still had a person who could speak presidential in the face of somebody who spoke with such hubris and you know yeah he was just so different he gave such a different path and gave us a place to imagine where the presidency could go versus where has currently gone and for me boo judge can still do that would be the first. I openly gay president. Would that be an impediment for your twenty years ago fifteen years ago. Maybe it would have but i don't think so twenty nine thousand nine hundred people have a gay cousin people have again. It's not a big deal like we're past that point. We've turn that page. We were all really quiet about it and then two thousand nine came around and the volume of decision here in iowa and then suddenly people like oh. I guess it's just the okay and so we're past that you guys all agree with that. You don't have <hes> i'm part of b._t. Q. community so are you and i feel like there are a lot of barriers to our community <hes>. Maybe i know that a lot of people are like people to judge but i think it's b. It's despite the fact really. Do you think this would be an impediment in a in a general election <hes> for me. I don't care for <hes> because he does not do well. Oh with black-americans he's playing at maybe two percent and in south bend indiana <hes> he was not able to on get get the police force together on really bring the communities together and <hes> and i think anybody and joe biden as well if you're not speaking to the minority community. You're not fit to be president you <hes> <hes> when i mentioned the vice president you you you had one simple line which was i think he's too old. You know again in in two thousand sixteen was a much better candidate than he is now. Especially when we watch the debates you know he's kinda centerstage so he's kinda guy patriarch mark of all of them but he suffered a little bit and you have these young guys that are coming out of and stuff and he didn't quite wreck so i'm more pragmatic on who might candidate media because i don't wanna be trump so who's the best guy that can beat him. You know you can talk about policy..
"iowa caucus" Discussed on The Axe Files with David Axelrod
"I'm a i'm a political junkie so it's that's why i decided to stay in iowa and his front row seat to everything and he made a lot of decorating people coming in monica friends and you know and you not only meet friends you meet candidates yeah the places lousy with candidates all over the place but i think beyond just screw people <hes> people asked me why so and so only at two percent or three percent not right now given advantages that they think they may have and i said i do take the seriously they wanna. They wanna meet people. Don't ask questions. They want to find out. <hes> you know is this. Do we think this person has the ability to be the president united states of america and have have have you all met some of the candidates already have so everybody <hes> and and how frequent occurrences that i mean you go and seek meetings out where the candidates are coming. It's almost weekly at this point. It's almost yeah. I mean i could be busy three nights a week or or work eight this week only at this point honestly what is it. You don't even have to pay no also the entertainment and do you feel like you're getting you actually get to know these candidates so interesting because as you know we think about presidential races in this big vast country and the people were running. Most of the country are figures. They see on television asian but when you run an iowa in the caucuses it's like you're right for a local office. You relate to people in that way so i think i think it depends on what the venue is if they're giving a big speech. You don't feel like you really get to know them. But i love the smaller venues will their talk. They will talk a little bit and then you can ask ask questions and then go up and talk to them afterwards too so tell me some of the impressions what are the most memorable things that you've encountered so far in <hes> in running across these candidates. I'm a supporter beto rourke so i've seen him about four times and the funny anything was when he was at the capitol for the gay pride weekend <hes> i saw him and he got done speaking and i just walked right up to talk to him and talk to his wife and they were just as nice can be but you can do that with a lot of the camera. Where do you support of his from the beginning or did it was it those four. Was it a process for you before you said yeah. That's that's the person i want to be well. I think it started when he talked about kneeling for the national anthem. I thought it was running and he was just a breath of fresh air and just really read everything i can about in positive and negative see if he's the real deal. Last person i supported was john edwards and and i was a delicate for him and we see how that worked out so won't be fooled again so just trying to learn ever. I would hold yourself personally responsible. Hey i hear you. Are there other people who have made a firm decision already. I think for me pretty close i think for iowa it's like a top four a top five but <hes> i do have a castro or a warren yeah. Those are my top two..