Republican Candidates Fight For Lead With Iowa Caucus Day Away

By: KKTV/CBS
By: KKTV/CBS

It's crunch time for Republican presidential candidates, trying to win over undecided voters in Iowa.

It's the last full day of campaigning before the state's critical caucuses Tuesday.

Mitt Romney, often accused of having a "robotic" personality, has been trying to take on a warmer persona as he clings to his lead. He got some laughs in Iowa at the expense of President Obama, calling the gap between Obama's promises and his performance the "largest I've seen since the Kardashian wedding and the promise of 'til death do us part.'"

The latest Des Moines Register poll shows Romney ahead of the pack with 24 percent of the vote--but with Ron Paul right on his tail at 22 percent. With 15 percent, Rick Santorum is in third, but hopes a last minute surge will propel him to victory.

Newt Gingrich, who once held a commanding lead in Iowa before falling hard--not unlike the frontrunners who came before him--has declared that he "can't imagine being threatened by Rick Santorum." Gingrich says he'll be staying in the race no matter where he finishes Tuesday.

Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry are hoping for a miracle after sinking to the bottom of the polls. Both worked Sunday to court evangelical voters, a group which made up more than half of Iowa's caucus goers four years ago.


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  • by oh really on Jan 2, 2012 at 07:46 AM
    This economy needs fixin' how 'bout the ONLY candidate that has a bachelor's degree in business and a master's degree in finance. BUDDY ROEMER 2012
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      by jazzcat on Jan 2, 2012 at 09:50 AM in reply to oh really
      That would be nice, but it's a distance second to a candidate having common sense. I haven't seen that from government in a while...
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        by jazzcat on Jan 2, 2012 at 11:16 AM in reply to jazzcat
        Or "distant second"...proofreading is so 2011.
  • by Hope and Change Location: C/S on Jan 2, 2012 at 07:33 AM
    Ron Paul is the only choice. Get rid of the big government and tax till you are happy mentality.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 2, 2012 at 07:42 AM in reply to Hope and Change
      I totally agree with you(r) Hope and Change ;)
  • by Common Sense Location: Colorado Springs on Jan 2, 2012 at 07:09 AM
    Romney is the choice of the GOP establishment and they would love to see him as our new president. He will continue with the corruption and special interest. He flip flops on everything he says and tells us what we want to hear. I don’t think Honesty, Integrity and the Well Being of the US and the taxpayers is in his best interest. The question we have to ask is do we want to vote for the establishment or do we want to cast a vote for the We The People? Ron Paul 2012!!!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 2, 2012 at 06:37 AM
    I'm with Major Ryan for about the 1st time, Ron Paul.
  • by Nath Location: Colo Spgs on Jan 2, 2012 at 06:27 AM
    The "establishment" GOP could easily accept and work with Romney in order to continue business as usual which is the continuation of securing central and global government. New World Order, CFR member, Newt is their first choice though and they are trying to promote him as some sort of Reagan clone to revive his campaign. Newt would be the worst of choices for GOP nominee. Perry is a newbee Globalist and he is trying to gain traction with the Establishment. He has opened the door to Red Chinese "investments" in Texas, promotes the North American Union, pushed for the NAFTA Super highway through Texas, and advocates amnesty for illegals. Ron Paul is the second best choice for the GOP. His one serious drawback is his poor score on illegal immigration which is second worst of all to only Obama (Paul an "F" and Obama an "F-"). The most Constitutional, pro-life, pro-2nd Amendment, highest scoring on enforcing immigration laws ("B-"), and my favorite is Michele Bachmann. But, when if comes down to the wire, I would support Ron Paul in an instant if that's how things work out.
  • by Mayor Ryan on Jan 2, 2012 at 05:34 AM
    Ron Paul or bust.
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