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You know -- -- to be on Iowa these days except maybe Rick Perry's eyes focused more.
On the East Coast tell us about that.
That's so true Greg you know all the candidates Criss -- the state of Iowa today in the home stretch towards the Iowa Caucuses less than a week go -- now.
Take a look at this a graphic which pinpoints the dizzying array of candidates stops today in out.
But as you said one candidate Texas governor Rick Perry of Texas has turned his sites on the commonwealth of Virginia.
Where he had Newt Gingrich and three other candidates have been excluded from the ballot for failing to collect the necessary 101000 signatures on a petition to qualify.
Now while Gingrich has -- likened to that exclusion to the Pearl Harbor attack Rick Perry is taking a different approach now filing a federal lawsuit.
Challenging the exclusion.
In a statement the Perry campaign said quoting now.
Virginia ballot access rules are among the most onerous and are particularly problematic -- a multi state election multi candidate election -- just sick.
We believe the -- -- provisions unconstitutionally.
Restrict the rights of candidates and voters -- severely restricting access to the ballot.
And we hope to have those provisions overturned or modified provide greater ballot access to Virginia voters and the candidates seeking to earned their support -- quote.
Now that's that is being filed in the eastern district of Virginia.
And asserts that the 101000 signature rule is -- constitutional.
Perry who's been so strong advocate for state rights is asking the court to compel the Virginia Republican Party.
And the board of elections to certify him on the ballot for the march 6 primary in great.
The other part of that is that if you're out there gathering signatures yet to be a resident of the state that's also part of the challenge.
But look Doug we understand it that Mitt Romney is weighing in on the Virginia exclusion as well what -- he said.
Yeah out here that's right they're great he poked fun at Gingrich -- characterization.
Of the exclusion as a Pearl Harbor like attack Romney said it was not so much.
Like -- -- Newt Gingrich is pearl harbors much as a scene from Lucille Ball at the chocolate factory this point obviously being that organization.
In Virginia is -- hugely important something that that Newt Gingrich should know.
He is a resident of Virginia after all.
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