A Caucus Combo – What Candidates are Saying

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

With one day to go before the Iowa Caucuses, here is a look at what some of the candidates were saying Monday:

In Independence, Iowa, Newt Gingrich said doesn't expect to win Tuesday after being battered by millions of dollars in negative ads. Gingrich told reporters that the "volume of negativity" by his rivals and their allies had done its damage. He then went on to say: "I don't think I'm going to win." However, he said he would do well enough in New Hampshire and South Carolina to continue his campaign.

In Davenport, Iowa Mitt Romney - and his supporters – are making his final pitch to Iowa voters and it's all about electability. Romney’s aides say the representatives will focus on Romney's business credentials and urge Iowans to vote for him because Democrats have shown that they think the former Massachusetts governor would be the president's toughest opponent.

In Des Moines, Michele Bachmann is reminding Republican caucus voters of her Iowa roots and stiff stands in Washington in her first and only TV ad aired in the run-up to Tuesday's caucuses. The commercial began airing Monday. It twice mentions Bachmann's Iowa heritage and calls her "one of our own.” Bachmann was born in Waterloo but later moved with her family to Minnesota, where she was elected to Congress in 2006.

In Des Moines, Ron Paul returning to Iowa the day before the caucuses hoping to rev up supporters. He appeared with his son, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky. The older Paul, a Texas congressman near the top in recent Iowa polls, stepped off the campaign trail for the New Year's holiday and had returned home.

In Polk City, Rick Santorum was dismissing Mitt Romney's business experience and said the nation is looking for inspirational leaders instead. Santorum told Iowa supporters Monday that the nation is hungry for leadership. He warned them against choosing a candidate only because they think that person can win.

Texas Governor Rick Perry appeared on morning network shows. He and Bachmann are jumping ahead to South Carolina after the Iowa Caucuses instead of following other candidates to New Hampshire.

Candidate Jon Huntsman is skipping the Iowa Caucuses. He said while the Caucuses are key to “winnowing down” the Republican field, he believes New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary will determine the candidates’ electability.


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