Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 4th, 2012 5:34 am by HL
Adding to its cherished status as a presidential proving ground, Iowa is shaping up as a harbinger of the leading role that independent groups will play in the 2012 campaigns.
Iowans were inundated with millions of dollars in negative advertising in the final weeks before Tuesday’s caucuses, most of it paid for by a new breed of organization, called “super PACs,” which don’t have to play by the same rules as candidates.
President Obama thanked his Iowa supporters Tuesday evening and warned them to prepare for a difficult reelection fight against the eventual Republican nominee in the months to come.
Obama is without a serious primary rival. But on an evening when attention was focused on the Republican contest, he chose to address Iowa Democrats, who set him on his way to the presidency four years ago, to remind them how much he will need their help to secure a second term at a time of high joblessness, economic despair and political strife.
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DES MOINES — There was a dark side to Mitt Romney’s close finish in the Iowa caucuses.
After first approaching Iowa with reservation and then scrambling hard in the final weeks to win, he leaves here with about the same share of votes he snagged four years ago in the Republican presidential caucuses.
“It’s been a great victory for us here,” Romney told supporters , adding: “We’ve got some work ahead.”
Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum wound up in a virtual tie in the Iowa caucuses on Tuesday. And they did it from extremely different bases of support.
While Santorum relied on very conservative voters, born-again Christians, and social and moral conservatives, Romney relied on voters who were most concerned about the economy, who just want to beat President Obama, and those who don’t identify as born-agains.