With only a week to go before the polls open to cast the first votes for the 2016 presidential race, Iowa has become the stomping ground for candidates of both major parties. On This Week with George Stephanopoulos, hosted by Martha Raddatz, Sunday, January 24, Republican candidate Jeb Bush was asked by Raddatz whether Donald Trump should be “the new face of the Republican Party.” Bush’s reply, “Donald Trump’s not a conservative, and you need a conservative to lead the conservative party into the general election. He’s not a conservative based on whether it’s gun rights, or abortion, or taxes, or spending, or single-payer system for health care. And, you can’t insult your way to the presidency, either. He’d use this as a sign of strength, that you’d disparage women, Hispanics, POWs — like John McCain — or the disabled. And, we’re not going to win an election by preying on people’s angst and their fears, and insulting people — you gotta get to fifty, and you do that with a solid conservative record with conservative ideas to change the course of the direction in Washington, DC.”
Martha asked, “Do you think that Trump would work better with Congress than Cruz?” Bush stated that the country needed “a president that would work with Congress,” failing to mention that the current Democratic president has attempted repeatedly to get Congress to work with him, to no avail. Unlike mainstream media sources, social media sites are filled with citizen opinion to the contrary, supporting their claims that Republican-led Congress has adamantly refused to work with President Barack Obama. Counter to what former-president, George W. Bush had done with taxes and wars, Jeb also said, “That’s what I’ve pledged to do. To build consensus, to fix the taxes — the regulation that is a complete mess for our country, to begin to build a bipartisan consensus on foreign policy, again, where America’s leadership in the world creates peace and security.”
When asked his thoughts on what is going on in Flint, Michigan “a city of 100,000 Americans who’ve been drinking, bathing, brushing their teeth in lead-contaminated water, while the government was telling them, repeatedly, ‘it’s safe to use.’ One estimate says ‘thousands of children were exposed to lead and that will cause developmental and behavior issues. They will need millions of dollars of care for the rest of their lives.’ How is this possible in the United States of America and who’s responsible,” Raddatz inquired. Bush, attempting to minimize the danger to the heavily black American population of Flint, sedately replied, “It is horrific. And, it is related to the fact that we have created this complex, no-responsibility regulatory system where the federal government, the state government, the regional government, local and county governments are all pointing fingers at one another … We need government leaders to take steps.” Martha interrupted his litany, asking, “How much blame does Governor Snyder bear?” Bush answered, “Well, he’s taken responsibility — and I admire that. He’s not saying that it’s someone else’s fault. He’s rolling up his sleeves and trying to deal with this. But, he has a responsibility; he’s admitted it. Martha asked, “Should he resign?” Jeb responded, “No, he need’s to do what he’s doing, which is to accept responsibility and begin to solve the problem.”
Democratic presidential candidates made media appearances the previous week in advance of the debate that aired last Sunday evening, Jan. 17. Both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were interviewed by George Stephanopoulos for This Week on ABC and their campaign advisors appeared on CNN’s Newsroom with Fredricka Whitfield.
Meanwhile, the Des Moines (Iowa) Register endorsed Hillary Clinton (D) and Marco Rubio (R). The Register extolled Clinton’s experience and diplomatic skills, among many other traits necessary to effectively hold the position of president of the United States, saying, “By that measure, Democrats have one outstanding candidate deserving of their support: Hillary Clinton. No other candidate can match the depth or breadth of her knowledge and experience.” As for Rubio, the Register writes that “he represents his party’s best hope.”
Trump and Cruz continue their battle of words. According to ABC News’ Devin Dwyer, Trump said overnight that he “would not vote for Cruz, if he wins.” Trump has run a negative ad “hitting Cruz on immigration, but Cruz is striking back, yesterday, unleashing conservative media icon, Glenn Beck to tear into Trump.” To counter attacks Trump has been making against Cruz, Beck declared, “If Donald Trump wins, it’s going to be a snowball to hell,” as reported by The New York Times.