Gearing Up For 2012

Dec 19, 2011

You could see it coming. More than a week ago - political reporters were awash in Newt-mentum! An unexpected surge by a candidate whose campaign nearly fell apart at the beginning...and whose personal “likeability” has always been in question. Then there were concerns about consulting deals with Freddie Mac...and a series of attacks by fellow Republicans that were, frankly, nastier than what we’ve seen before...and, lo and behold...we wake up to reports today that Ron Paul is leading the race for the Iowa caucuses.

It’s just the latest bizarre turn in a Republican race for the nomination. It seems like every few weeks there is a new front runner. And it seems like every few days there has been a Republican debate on TV.

Today, we’ll talk with two reporters who have been covering the candidates in New Hampshire and Iowa. First, Anna Sale from WNYC’s It’s A Free Country has most recently been talking to voters in New Hampshire, which has its primary on January 10.

Then, Slate’s Dave Weigel joins us to talk about the latest developments in Iowa - where Ron Paul seems to have taken the lead.