Candidates Make Final Push in Last Hours Before Caucuses
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad weighs in
- Duration 3:45
- Date Jan 3, 2012
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad weighs in
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Country and you can and that we are just hours away from the first in America caucus is getting under -- tonight in Iowa.
State officials expecting high turnout.
And there are many undecided voters still at this hour there's the State Capitol in beautiful -- Moines Iowa.
The Hawkeye State's Republican governor joins me now Terry Branstad governor.
Good morning to you know huge day for Iowa all of the focus in the country is -- -- state how to think it's gonna go tonight governor.
I think -- -- -- a great turnout I think it's a very close race we've seen.
The the lead changed hands many times violence take this responsibility very seriously.
They know we can't afford.
Four more years of Obama he's increased the national debt more than a trillion each year he's attacking the very entrepreneurs and business people we need.
To invest -- great jobs and get this private sector economy going again so.
We're gonna see I think a great turnout and it's going to be interesting to see I think the polls show it's going to be very close and it all depends upon who's most persuasive tonight.
Yeah and and -- that you have but not -- -- any of these candidates I say that you're gonna probably do that down the road.
According to what you said on that so what this number these summer temperatures and a 140000.
In the -- tonight is that a number your comfortable left.
Well the record turnout is a 1181404.
Years ago I think we're running exceed that.
I think -- 13040000.
Could be possible.
Judging from that turn out.
In the enthusiasm we see at the event for the various candidates here in the closing days.
You said that Rick Santorum -- has basically is sort of taught a lesson to Mitt Romney.
In your state what do you mean by that.
Well Santorum one about it I think the right way.
He went to all 99 counties he's build a grassroots organization.
But Romney has come on very strong here at the end in four years ago -- -- a lot of time in Iowa in in the last month that he and his wife in his campaign.
And they've opened -- headquarters they've had a bus tour this state they're gonna be here tonight for the caucus so I think sandstorm and Romney are both going to be very strong.
-- Ron Paul has a strong organization.
Put a lot of effort in here -- -- and also allow.
Governor Perry is putting a strong effort here on the end and and course Michelle Bachmann won the straw poll so they're all formidable candidates it'll be interesting to see.
Who has the ability to really.
To win that -- -- In doing this year will be say -- it's different this time around looking at last time we have Mike Huckabee.
He had to.
Governor Romney of course Fred Thompson John McCain in the mix and we alma -- ended up last time out what feels different to you about what people and I don't care about this time.
I think number one is the concern about the national debt we look what's going on in Europe.
We see under Obama the health care plan that's unaffordable and unsustainable.
And we see the national debt going up so dramatically.
On the other concern is jobs and especially the private sector and you don't create jobs by the government.
And spending money in fact all that's given -- is more debt what we need instead is reduce the tax and regulatory burden.
Then strangling the entrepreneurs and the businesses that need to invest and take the risk to -- the jobs and grow the private sector economy in this country again on.
-- -- says sentiment we've heard from many of these candidates that are canvassing your state in hopes of of winning the Iowa Caucuses tonight governor Terry -- thank you so much for being -- tonight.
And thank you for sort of being the host of this evening's festivities -- -- -- -- thank you governor.