FIRST PERSON | It was a chilly night to drag yourself off the couch and go to the Iowa caucus. The Morning Sun area is very rural, and we wondered how many people would turn out. We were surprised that 63 people were gathered in the meeting hall.
While signing in, one candidate's signs were very visible. Rick Perry signs were the only ones hung about the room. A couple of Ron Paul supporters had small button type stickers on their shirts. Other than that, no one knew who anyone else was voting for.
Promptly at 7 p.m., the doors were closed and the caucus was called to order. One by one the chairman would say the name of a candidate and ask if anyone wanted to get up and speak on their behalf. A lady representing Perry started the process. Each speaker was allowed five minutes to talk about their candidate.
As Perry's representative spoke, everyone was quiet, respectful and listened. When she stepped down, there was applause. Then the speaker for Ron Paul stood and talked for a couple of minutes. Again, everyone was quiet and respectful. The group listened, and when the representative stopped talking, they clapped again.
Some candidates, like Michele Bachmann, had no speaker. The chairman asked if anyone would like to talk for her. A gentleman said he would speak about Bachmann and gave a very nice pep talk on her behalf. Everyone applauded, and so it went until all but Huntsman was represented.
Slips of paper were then passed out, and voters wrote their candidate's name on it. When the votes were gathered, the chairman asked for each candidate's representative to watch the votes be counted. When they were finished, they all filed back in the room, and the chairman gave the results.
Paul received 15 votes, Perry had 14 votes and Rick Santorum had 11. Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich took 10 votes each. Bachmann finished with three votes. Next the chairman called for nominees to be voted on for delegates.
Now it was time to discuss anything that people thought should be added to the Republican platform. The chairman called for ideas, and ideas he got. For close to an hour, each request was stated, discussed and voted on. Term limits, balanced budget and Congress members paying for their own health care were just a few of the platform ideas.
The meeting ended and people stood chatting for a while. It may not be the largest caucus in Iowa, but the Morning Sun caucus is well run, and all the people take it seriously. When all was said and done, people said they would vote for whoever was the Republican candidate to defeat President Barack Obama.
I was impressed the most by the knowledge that people had about issues and events. Whether they were talking about treaties that they were concerned about, or abortion and parenting issues, they had facts and expressed them very well.
- Politics & Government
- Politics & Government/Elections
- Rick Perry
- Ron Paul
- Michele Bachmann