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Larimer blog: Post caucus wrap

4 January 2012 | 6:36 am  in Chris Larimer, Commentary, Headlines by Christopher Larimer

With 99 percent of precincts reporting, it appears Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney are going to finish with 25 percent of the vote each, with the difference between the two candidates being less than 100 votes.  Ron Paul appears poised to come in third with ...

Larimer blog: 2008 all over again?

2 January 2012 | 9:43 am  in Chris Larimer, Commentary, Community by Christopher Larimer

The latest Iowa Poll released by the Des Moines Register shows Mitt Romney in first with 24 percent, Ron Paul in second with 22 percent, and Rick Santorum in third with 15 percent.  While some have questioned Romney’s commitment to Iowa, his first place finish ...

On “electability”

28 December 2011 | 6:51 pm  in Chris Larimer, Commentary, Community by Christopher Larimer

It’s no secret Republicans nationally and in Iowa are anxious concerning the results of next Tuesday’s caucus.  The reason for such anxiety centers on whether the candidate or candidates who do well in Iowa go on to success in New Hampshire and nationally. The viability of ...

Larimer blog: Christmas week assessment

22 December 2011 | 12:31 pm  in Chris Larimer, Commentary, Community by Christopher Larimer

As we move into Christmas weekend, when presumably campaign ads will take on a more cheerful tone, it is useful to take stock of where things stand. First, endorsements can be tricky things. Rick Santorum nailed the big endorsements of Bob Vander Plaats and Chuck Hurley, but ...

Great quotes from Sioux City

15 December 2011 | 10:52 pm  in Chris Larimer, Commentary, Community by Christopher Larimer

Below are some of the more memorable quotes (or slight variations thereof) from the Republican debate sponsored by Fox News held in Sioux City on Thursday, December 15, 2011.   “After 7, three-hour debates, Barack Obama would not have a leg to stand on.”---- Newt Gingrich on ...

Reflections on Sioux City

15 December 2011 | 10:52 pm  in Chris Larimer, Commentary, Community by Christopher Larimer

A one line summary of tonight’s debate: A lot of Obama bashing, followed by a lot of cheering. It was a very different atmosphere tonight in Sioux City.  The event took on the feel of a pep rally rather than a debate, and the candidates came ...

6 side questions for tonight’s debate

15 December 2011 | 3:40 pm  in Chris Larimer by Christopher Larimer

Much has already been written about what to expect at the Sioux City debate tonight, and what each candidate needs to do to build or sustain momentum.  Below are some questions that may not have been asked to this point. 1.)        How will Iowans react to ...

Larimer blog: Sioux City is an opportunity for Bachmann

13 December 2011 | 7:06 am  in Chris Larimer, Commentary, Community by Christopher Larimer

Despite being perceived as the so-called “target” going into the presidential candidate debate in Des Moines last Saturday, Newt Gingrich was not only able to hold his ground, but also faced relatively few direct attacks from his main rival, Mitt Romney (or others). One attack that ...

Larimer blog: Reflections on the Des Moines debate

11 December 2011 | 1:34 am  in Chris Larimer, Commentary, Community by Christopher Larimer

Here are a few immediate thoughts from the debate last night at Drake University in Des Moines. The debate began with Diane Sawyer once again commenting on the “seriousness” of Iowa voters.  Also of note is that four of the five men wore red ties, while ...

15 great quotes from Des Moines

11 December 2011 | 1:32 am  in Chris Larimer, Commentary, Community by Christopher Larimer

Below are some of the more memorable quotes (or slight variations thereof) from the Republican debate held at Drake University in Des Moines on December 10, 2011: “Only reason you’re not a career politician is because you lost to Teddy Kennedy in 1994.”----Newt Gingrich to Mitt ...