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Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas greets 3-month-old Heidi Lange during a campaign stop in Dubuque, Iowa, Thursday. (AP)
Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas greets 3-month-old Heidi Lange during a campaign stop in Dubuque, Iowa, Thursday. (AP)

The Iowa caucuses are one week away and candidates are sprinting around the state, many on bus tours, and blitzing the airwaves with a last salvo of ads.

Meanwhile, all the camps are trying to figure out just how much appeal in Iowa Ron Paul has.

Jennifer Jacobs, chief politics writer for the Des Moines Register told Here & Now's Anthony Brooks that there are high hopes for how Ron Paul will do in Iowa.

"I'll tell you what most Republicans tell me and that is Paul first, Romney second," she said.

Mitt Romney, who is looking stronger than expected is Iowa, is headed there Tuesday from New Hampshire.

Romney Rolls Up His Sleeves In Iowa

Jacobs said that some Iowa caucus-goers who initially doubted Romney's commitment to the state are warming up to him.

"He's starting a little bonfire in Iowa right here in the last week... he's gonna do a couple of big speeches here, do his bus tour, people are more willing to caucus for him now."

Gingrich On The Offensive

Newt Gingrich, who now polls third in Iowa behind Romney and Ron Paul, is blasting Romney, asking in a press release "Can we trust a Massachusetts Moderate to enact a conservative agenda?"

But Gingrich is also having to fend off accusations of his own. A story in Tuesday's Wall Street Journal is about how, in a 2006 memo, Gingrich praised the same Romney healthcare reform plan that he now criticizes.

Guest:

  • Jennifer Jacobs, chief politics writer for the Des Moines Register

This segment aired on December 27, 2011.

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