It has been suggested the Iowa caucuses may be rendered irrelevant if Republican presidential hopefuls must pander to an extreme religious agenda. The party does face a challenge keeping Iowa open to points of view from across the ideological spectrum, but it is farfetched to write the obituary for the caucuses.
Candidates and issues come and go with the passage of time, but one thing remains rock solid: Iowans' passion about being actively involved in the caucus process, Democrats and Republicans.
Unlike other states, where primary campaigns are basically conducted by television commercials and press conferences, it is an up close and personal thing in Iowa. Candidates have to get out among 'em at coffee shops, in living rooms, along parade routes, in town hall meetings and of course at the Iowa State Fair.
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