Kasich campaigns from Iowa State Fair soapbox

And, given 20 free minutes to talk rather than debate soundbites or interview questions on topics he can’t control, he’s able to impress.


Perhaps more important than what Carson says, though, is what he’s not: an experienced office-holder.

Asked about billionaire Donald Trump’s surge, Gov. Terry Branstad said four years ago, the leading position changed hands many times.

Lindsey Graham, the Republican presidential candidate and U.S. senator South Carolina, said the thought that Cheshire home invasion killers Steven Hayes and Joshua Komisarjevsky will be spared the death penalty “makes me want to throw up”.

Even more striking, Mrs. Fiorina, the only former female chief executive among the candidates, continues to promote her business experience on the trail, yet she was fired by Hewlett-Packard after the company’s stock dropped by half in 2005.

“I have many friends and advisers in the military and at the right time, when they are prepared to be made public, I will publicize them”, Fiorina said. “This is part of our 14th Amendment, and so honestly I think we should put all of our energies, all of our political will over finally getting the border secured and fixing the legal immigration system”.

Rubio thanked a huddled, umbrella-covered audience for “braving the rain” at the fair’s Political Soapbox, a regular attraction sponsored by The Des Moines Register.

Polling numbers back up their popularity.

If elected, Fiorina would not waste time by talking to Putin.

Fiorina on Sunday “doubled-down” on her allegation that Hillary Clinton lied about sending classified emails through a private server, saying the “cover-up is worse than the crime”.

Carson, in particular, excels when he’s in control of the microphone.

“A lot of people misunderstand the HP-Compaq merger”, said Sarah Isgur Flores, Fiorina’s deputy campaign manager.

He said: “I know I can do it, because I did it in New York“.

Full of bravado and swagger, Perry’s introduction to Iowa’s fair unfolded on what was just the third day of his announcement tour, August 15, 2011.

Trump stole the show Saturday, setting the fairgrounds abuzz when he landed in a helicopter emblazoned with his last name at nearby ball fields.

The Democratic presidential candidate decries the media’s fascination with hair.

On domestic issues, Fiorina lined up with other GOP candidates who have opposed federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

“She lost much of her money on that run – that’s why she carries her own bags now”, Trump added.

“Carson’s a lot calmer. He gets himself in trouble”, Bennett said.

Garry Fredericksen, a 69-year-old retiree who drove from Indianapolis to Iowa to witness “the best retail politics in the United States”, called Fiorina “awesome; fabulous”. He said, “the truth is things are better in Wisconsin“.

But Some voters say they are looking toward November.

That impressed Bill Duma of Las Vegas, who was one of the roughly 250 people who took in Fiorina’s appearance Monday.


Ohio Governor John Kasich went into the Iowa State Fair hungry. Five have no minimum at all, while two states have set theirs lower than the federal floor.

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