A Ground-Level Look at the Iowa Caucus

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Supporters wait for the arrival of former Massachusetts Governor and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for a rally at the Hotel Blackhawk December 27, 2011 in Davenport, Iowa. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/Getty)

Most Americans probably won't start receiving the flood of presidential campaign materials until May or June of next year. But Iowans, as they do every four years, get inundated with politically-charged robo-calls, mailers, and television ads for almost a full 12 months — from late November until election night. This year, $5.9 million was spent on TV advertising alone leading up to the January 3rd caucus.

Two Iowa voters join the program to talk about their (in)decisions. Kerry Jech is a pastor and social conservative evangelical Christian who is still undecided, but leaning towards Newt Gingrich. Stacey Rogers is a self-described Tea Partier and, at 26, is running to represent her hometown of Ankeny in the Iowa State House of Representatives.

Guests:

Kerry Jech and Stacey Rogers

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