Thompson says forget New Hampshire. Hunter disses Iowa. The guys from a place called Hope hit it off.
The following piece was produced through the Huffington Post's OffTheBus. Edited by Richard Riehl and Denise Wheeler. Reported by Kirsten Anderson, Ken Bank, River Curtis-Stanley, Jodi Lampert, Julie Pierce, Debbi Plummer, and Theresa Weathers.
Thompson's closing Iowa argument--send money for "big push" in South Carolina: In a caucus day email Fred Thompson's campaign manager explained that the number one reason Fred "can do well tonight" is that he is "making a huge effort at the end," with his two-week bus tour. We're urged to call family and friends in Iowa to get them to the caucuses. Then, the plea for another donation: "You can also help us get ready for the next big push in South Carolina." H-m-m-m, not even a little nudge in New Hampshire, despite his 3rd place finish in Iowa?
Hope springs eternal, but just not in Iowa: "My motto in politics is never be disappointed and never quit," Duncan Hunter said in an interview with his San Diego hometown newspaper as he announced the day before the caucuses that he was quitting the Iowa race to take aim on New Hampshire. "I have to put my ammunition where I think it will count," he explained. After New Hampshire will his new motto be, "You gotta know when to hold 'em and know when to fold 'em"?
Let's get this party started! Alan Keyes promoted on his web site a caucus night party to be held at the Des Moines Ramada Inn. Doesn't say in what room it will be held, but we're confident his private hotel room was more than sufficient.
AR Ex-Gov Love: Who wandered into a Des Moines Starbucks this morning and chatted up reporters? Aspiring First Husband Bill Clinton, who had nothing but kind words for the Huck, his fellow ex ruler of Arkansas. Bill said, "I have a good personal relationship with him. I just think he has always been kind, personally kind, to Hillary and me ... All candidates grow through the process. But I think he has done quite well." He even told Canada.com that, "Unlike the other leading GOP candidates, Huckabee 'can tell a joke' and doesn't seem like he is always in a bad mood." Wow! Thanks, Bill! Now, Mike, it's your turn to say something nice about Hillary. (Pause) Okay, you can take a minute to think about it. (Pause) Maybe you can write something down and send it to us later. Anytime. Well, see you in NH.
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