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The 2016 Iowa Caucus!
How much money will be spent on the 2016 Iowa Caucus?
We project that the amount of money spent on the 2016 Iowa Caucus will be greater than the amount spent on the 2012 Iowa Caucus, which would be somewhere between $20,000,000 and $30,000,000 in total from both parties participating in the Iowa Caucus. This is more money than was spent in 2012, but far less than what was spent on the 2008 Iowa Caucus, which was around $51,593,849.00 (See Spending). Part of the reason more money will be spent in 2016 is that both parties will be running for the office of the president, but only the Republican party will have the normal field of 10 to 12 candidates running for office. The Democratic party appears to have only 4 to 6 individuals running for president. This conservitive increase in spending in the State of Iowa is projected based upon the fact that the Iowa Democratic party, which usually holds more intense Caucuses than the Repulbicans, does not have the 10 or more individuals running for office and currently all of the Democratic candidates are from the east coast and will be more focused on a good showing in New Hampshire and not Iowa. The Republicans only spent $17,594,397 in total in the State of Iowa in 2012, using a formula of 1/30 of their total campain budget at the end of the 2012 year. This is equal to $7.56 per Iowa citizen over 18 years old, which would be approximately 2,330,344 individuals aged 18 years or older or 2,199,299.60 spent per candidate.
Individual candidate expenditures for the 2016 Iowa Caucus are expected to be around 2 to 3 million per candidate, which is roughly $1.28 per Iowa citizen who will be of age to participate in the Iowa Caucus. This projection is based on the 2012 Iowa Caucus statistics with 8 candidates actively campaigning and spending around $2,199,299.60. This is only an estimate because just a handful of the 8 candidates in Iowa spent over a million dollars on their campaigns. So if the projection holds true, and we have a total from both parties of 14 candidates running for President, we could see around $30,000,000 spent in the state of Iowa for the 'First in the Nation' Caucus.
The money raised and spent for the Iowa Caucus TV ads alone will probably be around $10,000,000 because some of the candidates are planning on spending most of their physical time in New Hampshire and only running TV ads in Iowa.
How do the candidates promote themselves in Iowa?
The candidates who visit Iowa are afforded many opportunities to reach out and speak to Iowa Caucus goers. One of the overlooked avenues to get the attention of Iowa Caucus goers is by talking to the local news sources. This allows the candidate to communicate their views to a significant amount of individuals in that local community without going door-to-door (See Iowa News). One of the main ways that a candidate can get their message out is via Iowa Public Television and by participating on Iowa Press, which has worked for sitting presidents and candidates who have won the Iowa Caucus in the past.
What makes the political atmosphere of the Iowa Caucus 'traditional' as opposed to other caucuses?
The Iowa Caucus process starts out months before the actual Caucus as assembly hall type meetings start to crop up, with candidates making scheduled visits to particular places in Iowa communities. Typically, the meetings takes place at local high schools, universities, libraries, town halls, coffee shops, hotel conference centers, and other public buildings. The smaller venues allow the candidates to interact on a more intimate level while the larger venues allow a wider audience to participate as the candidate is able to move freely amongst the public, shaking hands, answering questions, discussing platform issues, and, hopefully, inspiring fund raisers to assist with campaign donations. Most of the candidates are able to garner quality time with voters because of the small town atmosphere that permeates each meeting. Iowans tend to have more traditional values and believe that the process of selecting the most qualified candidate for president of the United States is very serious business and every citizen's duty to their country. Iowans are hospitable to candidates and enjoy engaging others in discussions on political and social issues, and the environment in Iowa has always been safe and inviting for presidential candidates in the 43 years Iowans have been hosting Caucuses.
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The 2016 Iowa Caucus will be held in less than a year!
The Iowa Caucus is historically the first in the Nation, and the next Iowa Caucus had been set to be held on February 1st, 2016. However, the Time may change depending on outside caucuses schedules. The two major parties in the state of Iowa, the Democrats and the Republicans, are hopeful that the Caucus kick-off would remain on February, 2016, becuase under state law, Iowa is sanctioned to be the first Caucus held in the Nation, not the first Primary. (See http://www.legis.state.ia.us/IACODE/2001SUPPLEMENT/43/4.html and see The Green Papers http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/events.phtml?s=c.)
Donkey or Elephant? Democrat or Republican? Liberal or Conservative? Which are YOU?
The folks at PoliticalHumor.com devised a quiz to pinpoint your political Id. Could you be a closet Republican voting as a Democrat? Or are you a true-blue Democrat? Is there a chance you're a Democrat in Republican clothing? Or are you a red-blooded Republican? Take the quiz and find out!
What are the top 10 Presidential Qualities and which Presidents possessed them while in office?
C-SPAN conducted a Survey of Presidential Leadership, as the last piece of the puzzle of their American Presidents series, which ran for a year. Historians and viewers were invited to participate online.
The survey rated 10 qualities of presidential leadership, which were established by an advisory team, including Public Persuasion, Crisis Leadership, Economic Management, Moral Authority, International Relations, Administrative Skills, Relations with Congress, Vision/Setting Agenda, Pursued Equal Justice For All, and Performance Within Context of Times. The survey was sent to approximately 90 historians and presidential experts who had already been participating in the American Presidents series and the same survey was also made available to viewers online.
So which past
President was the least 'Presidential' and which seemed to be born to play
the part effortlessly? Read the survey below and find out how well
your favorite past President scored.
a certain sense, and to a certain extent, he [the president] is the
representative of the people. He is elected by them, as well as congress
is. But can he, in the nature [of] things, know the wants of the people,
as well as three hundred other men, coming from all the various
localities of the nation? If so, where is the propriety of having a
"The President is merely
the most important among a large number of public servants. He
should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is
warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or
inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to
the Nation as a whole. Therefore it is absolutely necessary that
there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and
this means that it is exactly necessary to blame him when he does
wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an
American citizen is both base and servile. To announce that there
must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by
the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile,
but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the
truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even
more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him
than about any one else."
"A year ago, my approval rating was in the 30s, my nominee for the Supreme Court had just withdrawn, and my Vice President had shot someone. Ahhh, those were the good old days." - President Bush
"The president is
really sorry he couldn't be here tonight. ... His book club is meeting." -
Vice President Cheney
have had other offers. But, frankly, Jay, when you refuse to
do nude scenes, it really cuts down on the opportunities.
... I just want to clarify. I have no plans to do a nude
scene. I have no intention to do a nude scene. I don't
expect to do a nude scene. But I haven't made a Shermanesque
statement about it."
�A president's hardest task is not to do what is right, but to know what is right.� - Lyndon Johnson
By the end of George
Washington's first term, and much to his dismay, two political parties were
emerging from the one. He retired at the end of his second term worn
weary from politics, and in his Farwell Address, he urged his countrymen to
'forswear excessive party
spirit and geographical distinctions.'
Two hundred and ten years later, and Washington's fears have been realized. Although the two prominent parties, Democratic and Republican, seem to agree more often than disagree on core issues, the parties are very clearly divided on sensitive issues, such as abortion, gay and minority rights, and the mingling of religion and politics.
Theodore Roosevelt was quoted as saying "There are good men and bad men of all nationalities, creeds and colors; and if this world of ours is ever to become what we hope some day it may become, it must be by the general recognition that the man's heart and soul, the man's worth and actions, determine his standing."
Many of us have admired a President's successes, believing we would have done the same if we were in their shoes, and many of us have been disappointed by a President's failures, knowing we would have done better if given the opportunity. It takes a strong and courageous individual to run for the office of President. But just what is that elusive trait that one must possess to actually become President? And do the presidential candidates of 2008 have what it takes? George Washington's sound advice? "I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man."
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