GOP Having an 'Identity Crisis'?
Political panel previews Iowa caucuses
- Duration 4:34
- Date Jan 3, 2012
Political panel previews Iowa caucuses
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-- as promised we're taking your questions and Iowa Caucuses and Republican primary and who better to answer this questions and today's panel.
I'm Joseph Trippi is here he's a former campaign manager for governor Howard Dean -- Fox News contributor.
-- -- dells a former pollster for president Jimmy Carter and a Fox News contributor as well.
And that strident joins us from to why he is the chairman of Iowa Republican Party nice to have you all gentlemen we have a lot to cover today and I'm -- -- -- warm -- up with this question it's it's a topic of debate.
I in articles in USA today.
Cover of the economist this week asking the question of what we're seeing in Iowa really showed that the GOP is experiencing.
And identity crisis.
-- You see that.
Well I think what you're seeing with Republicans and -- -- of course the discussion we're having nationwide as Republicans.
It's one we want to make sure that we have a candidate in the general election that can go toe to toe and aggressively prosecute the case of a failed Obama administration.
But we also want to make sure we have a candidate that can eloquently inarticulate articulately.
Talk about why we need a conservative principled agenda for the direction of the country.
And I think that's why you see two out of every five Iowa caucus goers can still change their mind on who to support.
Before tonight's caucuses.
-- -- Andrea that that this is more just the process -- vetting process rather than something bigger that's I think the GOP.
There's something much bigger is not just happening news GOP it's happening -- the country.
A Gallup reported -- -- I've been discussing just how ball will Republican race never has a moral -- -- the relatively ideologically.
For pretty straightforward party.
Didn't so roiled by the people who warmer weather in the last three months we've had three very unlikely surges.
Herman came from nowhere then Newt Gingrich and now.
The least likely of all Rick Santorum.
Never have this kind of volatility of the Republican right it reflects what's happening in the country.
Countries in trouble and people are looking for big -- answers not just typical political answer.
And then that becomes a question Joseph at had to be most affected if you're running a campaign.
In this environment.
Jason Marshall -- -- -- with this questions he said why can't all the candidates to state their position preying on each other is stupid and disrespectful -- it is.
-- -- negative ads in this environment -- more effective than in the past would you go negative if -- participating what do you think about that.
Well I think people use negative ads because because they work but but more importantly look at what's what's going on in Iowa it is.
There are only two or three tickets out of that place only a couple of candidates will be you know many of them will be out of this race very soon.
And so they're gonna fight for position every way they can with pretty sharp elbows that in -- some of them it out of desperation some of them.
You know out of this trying.
Did to put their ideas out out there in the four.
And and frankly what's going on is that that the field is real relatively weak that's one of the reasons we see this this all this jumping around and -- Romney's been a weak front runner in -- NC.
He cannot put the thing away.
And the great thing about democracy great thing about Iowa is.
No matter how weak the field one of these guys have -- to win the night.
Aimed in the wind is it I guess in quotations right we've been talking a lot about who's gonna win he's going to be the top but.
Apparently the top three or four candidates really can could be the winners tonight I'm not back -- with -- I get a little bit of a logistical question for whenever viewers.
And I have a feeling they might they be from Iowa because -- -- at a question about robo calls -- he -- to know anything can be done.
Do you -- robo calls or to limit them because he's getting about a dozen a day Matt Yemeni response -- Charles.
Terrible trust me in my office bears the brunt of that because everybody thinks they come from my office I go up.
And what are the unfortunate things we've seen now in Iowa I think -- the first frontier in this post Citizens United super -- world.
And I got bad news for folks in New Hampshire and South Carolina and those other states I think it's coming your way next.
And it's really unfortunate that it's kind of outsource some of the things that were traditionally done by the campaign organizations.
And -- really -- at the end of the day it doesn't replace that grassroots retail nature.
That really Iowa New Hampshire play in starting off the nomination process because it is important that the candidates are on the ground.
And we have a process that lets an everyday hardworking -- look him in the I'd ask -- a tough question I think it's an important role in the vetting process.
And a Pat's point more volatile this nation is in the more unsettled we are.
The more important is that we have candidates -- actually answer questions directly from American.
It's it's a little tougher now looks -- -- I'd rather than just an anonymous call says as you point out there could be a challenge and the states ahead we have a lot.