Why Iowa? It was the 29th state to be admitted to the Union, it is the 30th state in population, it has given the nation Grant Wood's "American Gothic" and Meredith Willson's "The Music Man."
Never before has there been a televised presidential candidates debate so short a time before the Iowa Republicans' Ames straw poll.
Last week's Republican debate at Ames, Iowa, and the straw poll Saturday did more than sort out the Republican field for 2012.
Mainstream media pundits gave Newt Gingrich "A's" for his stage performance in Des Moines on Saturday night.
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