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With the Iowa caucus just one week away, GOP Presidential hopefuls are pulling out all the stops to target conservative voters in the Hawkeye State.
The two veterans of the group Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich, were at odds with one another over the Christmas break. Over the past week, both men experienced negative press that could potentially hurt their chances with voters. In an effort to deter the public from his “spanish is the language of the ghetto” comments, Gingrich came straight for Paul this weekend. Gingrich criticized Paul’s knowledge of National Security stating that he is “the only person I know who’s for a weaker military than Obama” and also made statements about the resurfacing of Paul’s late 80′s & early 90′s newsletters that cited some very derogatory racist statements. The newsletters included statements to the tune of “the LA Riots only stopped because black people had to pick up their welfare checks.” Ron Paul’s campaign has since released statements denying that Paul himself made them, instead insisting that he is guilty of not keeping a closer eye on the content.
The last woman standing, Michelle Bachmann has taken the holy route and went on the quest to garner support from Evangelical voters. In addition to her 99 county bus tour that ended on Friday, she teamed up with former Republican politicians in Iowa and also cornered support from the conservative group Concerned Women for America. Instead of bickering with the guys, she’s showing her “love of people and God” to appeal to voters.
Mitt Romney is attempting to stick to the issues and reinforce his commitment to JOBS. He has released a series of commercials stating the that Jobs are a moral imperative in America. Romney who is considered the top contender of the candidates is playing it safe and leaving the bulk of the mess to his competition.
Rick Perry the guy we all love, came out swinging with his media campaign in Iowa. Grouping all of his competitors (with the exception of Romney) together and stating that their combined experience in Congress has brought us to this point now.
And last and considerably least in the polls also Rick Santorum went pheasant hunting (a popular sport in Iowa) with major conservative leaders but still couldn’t get an endorsement. This should probably serve as the best example of “need to quit” syndrome but it seems he’s gonna ride the waves until he completely falls off.
In the coming week we’ll see who’s approach is best and who the conservatives of Iowa believe should be the GOP candidate. Until then spill the beans on who you think should win the caucus below…