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The Editor’s Page: Republicans in Iowa

January 29, 2016
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Are you confused by the race for president? You are not alone. America is a big country. It is an important country. Some of the people running for president are very foolish. Some of them are Republicans.

The two most well-known fools are Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. Trump made and lost a lot of money in real estate. This does not qualify him to be president. He has what is called in New York City a “big mouth.” It is simply a gift for gab or public relations.

He has had the gift for a long time. He learned that if you say outlandish things, people will listen to you. Not just the regular people will listen, but the media will pay attention. The media wants to get eyeballs (viewers) and advertisers.

Trump says his foreign policy will be “beautiful.” You have to wonder if this simplistic statement is serious.

Ted Cruz is a new senator from Texas. Like Trump, Cruz is also a great performer. In another life, he might have been a not-very-funny standup comedian. His ideas appeal to people’s worst fears and instincts.

The candidacies of Trump and Cruz can be called a race to the bottom.

The big question is whom the people of Iowa will choose to support. They will cast the first ballots to choose a nominee on February 1, 2016. Many of Iowa Republican voters are Christian evangelicals. They usually oppose abortion, immigration and same-sex marriages. They also tend not to believe in evolution or climate change.  They are most likely to support the candidacies of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.

It is hard to believe that Iowa may be crucial in choosing the Republican nominee.

At this point, the race is a popularity contest. It is not a test of ideas, skill or experience. Let us hope we are near the end of the beginning. And not the beginning of the end.

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