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I'm -- nice to Syria.
Nice to see you -- up.
President so much going on right now in Libya so much censored -- of course there's a massacre today in Syria if that you're making the decisions for this nation.
What would you recommend -- what would you be doing about.
Libya and would you be looking also in some way to assist in Syria whether it's helping in the a protest at what would you -- Why I would not have done what the president did it in Libya I would not of intervene now on that at this time we don't even know -- the opposition forces are.
We don't know if the opposition is being pushed by Hamas Hezbollah or even al-Qaeda in Northern Iraq.
That could be a far worse outcome than dealing with Gadhafi Qaddafi is not.
Necessarily have been the best friend of the United States but in some ways he's been neutralized -- the current situation eliminate it in Libya.
Is it a very difficult one but I would not have gone -- with United States soldiers particularly.
Not with the beacons out consulting the congress and without making the case to the American people.
Is city distraction.
And unwise and something you wouldn't do.
Or is it something that is dreadfully wrong that alarms -- that -- two different ways you can look at this if you oppose it.
Why I think it's that idea -- again that I don't think all of the information was on the table about the situation clearly what we're looking at is.
We aren't even sure who's in charge right now with allies United States -- and the question is are -- allies involved.
We were told initially that the Arab League was involved than we were told there weren't there so many uncertainties and one of the first phrases that came from the administration.
Has that Qaddafi must -- and the same breath that was but it's okay if he stays.
There's there's so much -- coherence that's coming from the administration right now that it really.
It's difficult to comprehend what they're thinking was in going forward with this because we don't know what the end game will be.
And with all of the unrest that we're dealing with around the world.
Whether it's with Iraq and Afghanistan or the recent tragedies that we've seen in Japan.
And that earthquakes has been through four major earthquakes this last year and the financial tension that we have in the United States I think the people the United States.
Are an edge right now and I just think they don't want to be engaged in yet one more conflict.
-- Another reason why that that that I was curious what you thought about Libya and wait what -- -- do there but -- and the reason that by quickly so let's look at congressman Michelle Bachmann denies it.
Today the blackberries went crazy -- journalists -- -- the political buzz is that debt.
-- somehow inching closer to making a decision about whether or not you'll run for president last time we spoke you said he had made up your mind but since we last well.
-- -- Closer to making up your mind and closer making the decision to pull -- -- and run for president.
Yet we we have an inch closer and I think because of that we've been making.
Trips -- of the various early primary states to talk about the conversation about 2012 but I think we've moved a step closer at this point now.
We're looking at the Iowa straw poll in August in order to be a part of that will have to make a decision about exploratory committee.
And what we're saying is that if we do make that decision and we are making serious consideration the decision is not made yet.
I want to be clear about that but if we do make the decision were looking at probably the early part of summer.
You know what I what I heard the -- -- course I got out of staggering everything and -- in the -- Moines register and I should add that you are coming to us tonight from the state of Iowa.
And the thing that I thought was seven treaty is that you're running -- honesty today with senator Kent Sorenson who is at Tea Party guy pretty much within the Republican Party.
You met with members of the Republican Party in -- It said that you're going -- to the governor I take -- they did goers to the governor -- And also talks about how you talking to the -- -- -- and the evangelical element of Iowa.
Which is what Governor Huckabee picked up when he won -- 2008 so it looks to light that is your strategy.
-- On the -- off the mark.
Well my strategy is to talk to all Iowa and it's an all people on the early -- states not just one segment.
And I'm delighted -- to talk to all the people that I've spoken with this time when I was here in my last trip to Iowa and I think that you had said.
-- along on that trip we I had given a speech -- hands -- for -- relief.
And I've focused on all of the fiscal issues during that time I'm continuing to talk about the fiscal issues.
On this trip as well this is uppermost in people's minds no matter if they're self identified a social conservatives -- fiscal conservatives.
Everyone is concerned about the anemic job creation in the United States everyone is worried about all of the out of control spending.
And what I'm hearing very strongly for people and I have a Greta.
They want tests to repeal and defund obamacare.
That's a very strong message that I'm hearing.
And that's my commitment now is a member of congress and I think that's what has to be done by our next present United States we need a full and complete commitment.
That Obama -- it not only be rolled back will be repealed.
And to funded so we can get back to free market health care and health care that what we actually reduced the cost and provide better care for people.
When in reading about -- over the year -- does a seven tracking all day to see we know where you're going what you're doing.
It seemed that it was really it was really focusing not -- a lot of let me -- -- -- -- trip this time is for it as specific purpose different from last but the evangelicals.
And the home schoolers who are so enormously -- when it comes to caucus -- seemed like a shrewd Smart political strategy.
To go there but what also occurred to me is a four years going Governor Huckabee won there was no Tea Party moment.
Now there is so do you -- grab the Tea Party do you run the risk that you're somehow a spoiler like a -- parole if you get a huge -- -- Tea Party people.
Like Ross -- was to President Bush 41.
In 92 or might jump -- way ahead of myself.
Well a bit remember again at what the Tea Party as the Tea Party is a very broad coalition of America.
It's made up of Democrats and independents and people who aren't even political libertarians.
Conservatives and Republicans it's a very broad swath of America.
And these are Americans who just want the country to work weekend they're very practical people.
When I grew up here in Iowa I am an Iowa and -- as a matter -- on the seventh generation I want when I grew up in Iowa our family was Democrat.
We were reasonable fair minded people we have Republicans in our family we -- Democrats and our family we weren't terribly partisan.
We just wanted the country to work and and have good jobs and fair taxes and that's what a lot of America wants.
That's really what the Tea Party want so this isn't.
Some sideline group this is a broad swath of America and -- -- talking to people from many different groups I will be talking to pastors I will be talking -- home schoolers.
But I also spoke to the governor's you mentioned I also spoke to the senate today.
In Iowa -- met with members that Iowa house yesterday.
And I also met with leadership of various organizations across Iowa so I'm trying to talk to as many people as I can.
From as many constituents -- as I -- wells agriculture groups and of course.
Is the industry in Iowa and I spoke to a number of people on agriculture industries as well -- they try to talk to as many people as I can because after all.
The election is about all Americans and having the country work again.
Went sort of -- because I travel a lot and a lot of things are set inside the beltway and then when you go to these states and sometimes very different best example is -- -- Alaska.
And that we predicted senator Lisa Murkowski would would just having been there against Joseph Miller's you listen to people.
And then when I go to all the Iowa papers I -- -- -- I we -- the senate majority leader Paul McCann is in the -- said.
In reference to you know she's a dynamo and -- he says you're knowledgeable and -- -- you really image you're making an impact -- I'm wondering and I.
What makes you different for instance from Governor Sarah Palin going through Eileen what are senator Santorum what one makes -- different.
Well I love both of them -- noble also that I love them both they're good they're great people and I think that we will have a very good.
-- bench of candidates that we put forward I think what I bring to the table is the fact that I'm a fighter.
I I am I'm authentic I -- the same person that I camp when I campaign.
As I am when I'm elected to public office I was that way when I served in the Minnesota senate I've been that way and the House of Representatives.
And I'm willing to fight and fight hard no matter what the opposition has.
For what the people might just it just sent me to do have been willing to do that at the national arena and I think that that's what people are looking for now in 2012.
They want a candidate who's who actually willing to take on even if it's uncomfortable that interest that are in Washington DC even if it means taking on their own party and that's something that I've been willing to do we have to do that.
If we want to see the spending change and also -- want to change the arc of history.
And pull back the government takeover of private industry it can be done I want people be really encouraged.
-- now it is very possible.
That we could win the Triple Crown in 2012 by winning the US senate holding -- -- the house winning the White House.
It actually having some real change in this country and that's what people are hoping for.
Let me ask about your gas in New Hampshire the mistake about a revolutionary war -- and and you struck back out with a -- -- -- mile and a -- Q and you pointed out at least you said.
That that President Obama offers it got to -- resent their 57 states and the union and that that you said that there's a difference between the way.
Conservative women are treated.
And the men are treated I actually think it's just said that the difference is women vs men and unnecessary a party affiliation.
But it and why is -- that difference if indeed there is between conservative women treatment by the media and men.
Why can't account for that you know it would be the media that that makes a decision on how they treat people but.
Eight and I I made a mistake and I was happy to admit my mistake and move on and and happy to do that that's old news now on I'm just looking forward to what we have -- But isn't it act and that lesson -- governor -- on on and she was a seven to the vulgarity by Bill Maher and as you want talk about it either but.
I'm curious -- -- that mean it is important dialogue knows how -- even know by how we do how we cover politician so that we asking hard questions.
But that we also BO treat you fairly all of them I would so yes -- give any thought that's very hot weather that some women are -- treated the same.
You know -- I really don't because I've never seen myself -- -- different from a man in terms of professionally speaking.
I grew up in a home -- three Brothers and no sisters and my parents and they really treated us.
As equals and they they taught us that we could do would be anything that we wanted to be and I'm grateful for that.
So when I went on an in my career -- -- became an attorney.
And then a tax attorney and then my husband and I started her business and I went into politics.
I never saw -- -- handicapped in any way because I was a woman I just believe that I should prize based upon my own efforts and my own merit.
That's really the American dream that all of us try and succeed we try and fail based on who we are and -- our abilities and talents are.
That is what America should be about not necessarily what our gender as.
I can see from your -- -- history they be a very popular -- -- -- within the home schoolers in Iowa.
Countries of that -- so big so vastly.
While -- what is appealing few friends it's about to to Florida voters -- I realize you can pick up the Huckabee voters pretty much in Iowa up Marietta compete with other sport.
But Florida -- -- someone in Florida think that -- -- a good cabinet.
Well because Floridians have the same concern is anyone in any of the other states they're very worried about the out of control spending.
And private job creation and the deficits that were accumulating.
We have a number of our senior citizens that are living in Florida they're very concerned about the debt that the next generation is looking at but they're also concerned.
About the government takeover of health care because seniors are more vulnerable than anyone else into this in this country.
To the government takeover of health care because what we're seeing is spikes in increases in costs.
That's what Obama -- led to.
Higher costs but we're getting -- what a deal pay more get out last and senior citizens because they require more health care we understand that.
They are seeing that there on the first line of vulnerability.
In many doctors now are saying that they're willing to fold up shop if Obama care stays and a place that won't be good.
For senior citizens going forward.
And not all people -- the Florida our senior citizens I recognize that.
But people in Florida are concerned about things that people Minnesota are concerned about the people in California -- mean are concerned about.
And that's -- that's prosperity and private job creation and we all understand.
That of our nation is having to pay off so much in interest and so much in debt that we won't be able to resume that the years of prosperity that we once known the good news is we can.
In this sad news is this is a problem of our own making but the good news is we can rectify those problems and we can get back to balance budgets.
That's what I want to do and that's what and that's what I know we can do again.
Passive and but when they -- much for joining us and that -- re watching you and everybody else very closely next few months thanks for joining us.
Thank you -- always a pleasure.
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