Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the house, and Sean Trende, senior elections analyst at Real Clear Politics, joined the Federalist Radio Hour to recap Monday’s Iowa caucus. After discussing Hillary’s angry victory speech and Donald Trump’s biggest campaign mistakes in Iowa, they offered their advice to the candidates going forward into New Hampshire and North Carolina.
Ted Cruz is a divisive figure. “Maybe the most divisive figure in politics today, but that’s not the perspective people of Iowa had of him,” Ben Domenech said. “I thought it was very telling that he was able to win Iowa, despite his position on the issue of ethanol.”
Gingrich said he thinks Rubio is going to have to consolidate voters who aren’t willing to take the risk Trump or Cruz. “Remember, Bill Clinton lost all the way until the Georgia Primary,” he said.
As someone who has always been on the fringe of Congress, even as late as Obama’s presidency, Bernie Sanders is now someone who half of the Democratic electorate are supporting. “There is this energy on the Democratic side to push things further than they did with Obama, and especially if the Democrats lose, that energy is not going away.”