Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley defended the Iowa Caucus against national criticism due to the controversy over the vote counting. Mitt Romney was announced the winner by eight votes on caucus night. Sixteen days later, Rick Santorum moved into the lead of the certified votes, ahead of Romney by 34.
However, the votes from eight precincts remain unaccounted for. Criticism from across the political spectrum has come fast and hard against Iowa. National pundits are saying the Iowa Caucus system is amateurish. The state’s senior senator rebutted those charges today.
“What I heard on television this morning irritates me to high heaven,” Grassley said. “A lot of people, even on conservative cable shows are saying that, ‘Well this proves that we shouldn’t be giving so much emphasis to the Iowa Caucuses.’ Absolutely you should give emphasis to Iowa Caucuses, because for instance, the tradition behind it. Over a long period of time it’s had a wonderful reputation. I don’t consider this a blight.”
He also praised Rick Santorum’s method for success in Iowa, which included visiting all 99 counties. That is something Grassley makes a point of doing every single year.
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