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Handicapping Iowa

Showdown in Iowa: Governor Mitt Romney
Sean was joined by Governor Mitt Romney, former Massachusetts governor, to discuss his battle in Iowa. “This is a long and difficult road,” began Sean, “You’re in a tight race in Iowa and things are getting pretty heated.” “Things are getting a little out of control,” offered Hannity, “I’m speaking as someone who is staying neutral in this because whoever wins will have my 1000% support, we can’t have four more years of this president.” “You have to have broad shoulders to be in the political arena,” laughed Romney, “To pretend that politics is played like a game of bridge is somewhat unrealistic.” Romney continued, “President Obama is going to have over a billion dollars so it’s good to get all of this stuff out now because, if people can’t handle the heat in this kitchen now, get ready for Hell’s Kitchen that is coming.” A USA Today poll had Gover nor Romney leading in Iowa on New Years’ Day but a lot has changed since then and nearly 41% of Iowa voters remain undecided. The battle continues but a win in Iowa will, no doubt, give Governor Romney the push he’ll need to secure the nomination. For the latest polling information, click here.

Karl Rove: How Important Are Undecided Voters?
Former White House Chief-of-Staff Karl Rove stopped by to discuss the battle going on in Iowa. “How important is Iowa,” questioned Hannity, “This is not a definitive moment where we’re going to find out who will be the Republican nomination.” “This is a chance for one of those who would not otherwise be a player to jump on the stage,” offered Rove, “Mike Huckabee was not a player before the Iowa caucus last time around.” “There are 40 percent of the people who say they’re undecided,” pressed Hannity, “It seems like last minute mind changing is going on, that’s a pretty high number.” “I’m always dubious of those kinds of numbers,” argued Rove, “I think a lot of people give the answers they think they’re expected to give, it’s like when people are asked if they expect to vote and it turns out that 80 to 90 percent say they will.” What we k now for sure is that there won’t be an 80 to 90 percent turnout but with reports that Rick Santorum is making a run for the top position, those undecided votes will be increasingly important.

Governor Rick Perry
“I was speaking to somebody who really loves you and that person said Governor Perry shouldn’t do debates,” laughed Hannity, “I think you’ve done fine in the last few debates but even you thought you needed more time to prep for these debates.” “I thought I did pretty well in the last few,” laughed Perry, “People are ultimately going to remember you for your record.” Perry continued, “The debates are great reality TV but they’re not the best format so we’ll continue to go out and talk to the people.” The polls are suggesting that Governor Perry won’t do very well in Iowa but his overall campaign is seemingly gaining momentum. Like those in the past, a top three finish in Iowa would be a huge victory for the Perry campaign. For more on the debate tonight in Iowa, click here.

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Rick Perry

A fifth generation Texan, Governor Rick Perry is Texas' 47th governor. During his tenure, Governor Perry has maintained a strong focus on fiscal discipline, becoming only the only Texas governor since World War II to sign budgets that reduced general revenue spending. He has used his line item veto to scrub more than $3 billion in budgeted spending, while encouraging investments in the building blocks of a prosperous state: the economy, education and security. Rick Perry's political career started in 1985 as a representative for a rural West Texas district in the state House of Representatives. He was first elected to statewide office in 1990, and served as Texas Commissioner of Agriculture for two terms. Governor Perry hails from Paint Creek, a small farming community north of Abilene. His father, Ray Perry, served as a Haskell County Commissioner, school board member and a World War II tail gunner. Between 1972 and 1977, Governor Perry served in the United States Air... More >

Mitt Romney

Willard Mitt Romney (born March 12, 1947) is an American businessman and former Republican Governor of Massachusetts . Romney was CEO of Bain & Company , a management consulting firm, and co-founder of Bain Capital , a private equity investment firm. Romney successfully organized and steered the 2002 Winter Olympics as President and CEO of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee. [2] Romney served one term as Governor from 2003 to 2007, [3] and was a candidate for the Republican nomination in the 2008 United States presidential election . He is widely seen as a frontrunner for the Republican nomination for President in the 2012 Presidential Election .