The Day Before the Iowa Caucuses

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The presidency of the United States is up for grabs almost as never before. For the first time in 80 years, neither the Republican nor the Democratic Party has an incumbent or a vice president in the running. Tomorrow, real people will get a chance to state their preferences in the Iowa Caucuses, which are happening earlier than ever before.  However, when these ordinary voters finally start choosing the next president, the process will violate basic tenets of American democracy. Forget about the secret ballot or giving each person one vote. The Iowa caucuses don't work that way, especially for those who call themselves "Democrats." We find out how tomorrow's caucuses will work, and why they're getting more attention than ever before. What are the candidates saying and doing to stay alive for campaigns that may be over on the fifth of next month?

Credits

Guests:
Chuck Todd - Political Director, NBC News, Carla Marinucci - California Playbook reporter, POLITICO - @cmarinucci, Dennis Goldford - Drake University, Jodi Kantor - New York Times - @jodikantor, David Hawkings - CQ Roll Call - @davidhawkings

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Christian Bordal, Katie Cooper, Karen Radziner