(Des Moines) Some areas of the state said turnout was better than 2010, others had light turnout as Republicans and Democrats gathered in schools and other buildings for their off-year precinct Caucuses.
Instead of Presidential candidates hop scotching from county to county, there were many candidates for statewide office and in the Congressional races that went from Caucus to Caucus to build name recognition. Governor Terry Branstad found an old friend at Brody Middle School, his former Lt. Governor, Joy Corning. The Governor says he was pleased with the turnout at the G-O-P caucuses.
“I think this is a good turnout for an off year and I have gone to many of these over the years,” stated Branstad. “I went to my first precinct Caucus in 1968 when I was 21-years of age, and I think this is an indication that there is a lot of interest on the behalf of Republicans and a lot of thoughtful people have come out to get involved and make a difference.”
When it came time to talk about planks to the Republican platform in the Governor’s Caucus, his former Lieutenant Governor suggested that maybe this time, the party needed to “take out” some language. She says there are divisive social issues that only split the party apart instead of uniting it for victory in November. That idea didn’t pass in the Caucus.
The only platform suggestion that did was a demand that Obamacare be repealed.
Iowa Radio Network
January 22, 2014