The Madeleine Brand Show for August 11, 2011

Eight GOP presidential candidates brace for debate in Iowa

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Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) (C) at Competitive Edge, an advertising and promotion product manufacturer, August 10, 2011; one of the many stops she's made all over Iowa before the straw poll Saturday.

In the next few days, Iowa will take center stage in national politics. Tonight, eight Republican presidential candidates will meet for a debate. On Saturday, Iowa Republicans meet in Ames to pick their favorite candidate in a straw poll. And on Sunday, another possible candidate, Texas Governor Rick Perry, is speaking at an event in Waterloo, Iowa. Mike Glover, veteran political reporter for the Associated Press in Des Moines, joins Madeleine to explain how important, or not important, candidates’ success is in Iowa, where the Republican party is dominated by religious conservatives.

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