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Gore: Iowa caucuses ‘a good night for Barack Obama’

By Stephen C. Webster
Wednesday, January 4, 2012 8:28 EDT
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Former Vice President Al Gore on Current TV's "The Young Turks." Image: Screengrab via Current TV.
 
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Hours before the election was called for former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, former Vice President Al Gore called the race … For President Barack Obama.

“It’s kind of a cliche, I guess, but the bottom line for me was that this was a good night for Barack Obama. I think that the contest on the Republican side has really dismayed a lot of Americans. Seven different leaders, really an unusual kind of campaign.

“To give credit to the people of Iowa, think about all that we now know about all these candidates and their positions, and what in-depth reporting has been about them and their positions. It’s democracy at work, in one way, I just wish that big corporate money hadn’t played such a big role. But again, I think this was a good night for Barack Obama.”

Iowa GOP officials called the race in the early hours of the morning for Romney, who beat former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) by a mere 8 votes.

“No matter who the Republicans nominate, we’ll be running against someone who has embraced that agenda in order to win — vowing to let Wall Street write its own rules, end Medicare as we know it, roll back gay rights, leave the troops in Iraq indefinitely, restrict a woman’s right to choose, and gut Social Security to pay for more tax cuts for millionaires and corporations,” Obama campaign manager Jim Messina said.

This video is from Current TV’s “The Young Turks,” broadcast Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2012.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
 
 
 
 
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