Aug. 13 - Republcians presidential hopefuls make their pitch as voters swarm the straw poll site in Iowa cast a ballot in the nonbinding mock election. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Six Republican presidential hopefuls make their case in Iowa, ahead of the Iowa straw poll, an unofficial test of campaign strength. Voters swarmed the straw poll site and lined up early to cast a ballot in the nonbinding mock election that traditionally winnows the Republican field of poor performers and boosts those who do better than expected. The straw poll comes less than six months before Iowa residents hold the first presidential nominating contest. Representative Michele Bachman spoke about her conservative values. SOUNDBITE: Representative Michele Bachman, saying: (English) "As President of the United States I will stand for life. I will stand for marriage and and I will stand for the right for you to keep the fruits of your own labor." Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty focused on U.S. President Barack Obama whose presidential campaign ignited after a string showing in Iowa. SOUNDBITE: Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty , saying: (English) "As you know and what we have seen with Barack Obama just saying the words is not enough. He came through Iowa with the great speeches. He came through Iowa with the big rhetoric. But now we know this don't we. His rhetoric doe snot put gas in our car. And Barack Obama's rhetoric does not pay our mortgage, does it. And Barack Obama;s rhetoric doe snot pay our health care premiums does it. And Barack Obama 's rhetoric does not pay our kids college tuition. and pay the tuition does it? And Barack Obama's rhetoric doesn't give us a job does it.Is it time for Barack Obama to go? yes Representative Ron Paul aired his frustration with foreign policy. SOUNDBITE: Representative Ron Paul, saying: (English) "Foreign policy has been a big issue in our campaign, because the country is tired of the war. And, we are also broke. The wars have been going on for 10 years. They are undeclared, they are fought under international banners NATO and United Nations and we don't see an end to it. But, it is also costing us a lot of money. We are into wars that are costing us trillions of dollars. Those trillions of dollars should have been left in the economy to build jobs and produce prosperity herer at home." Any Iowa resident older than 18 can show up and participate in the pool, with many allowing a candidate to buy their $30 ticket. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters