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"CAUCUS" directed by AJ Schnack [on tv Sunday]
Aljazeera America ^ | 1/09/2014

Posted on 01/10/2014 1:12:25 AM PST by iowamark

For the past 40 years, the race for the American Presidency has begun in the state of Iowa, where Presidential hopefuls spend months traveling the state's 99 counties hoping to win its “first-in-the-nation” vote and prove themselves a viable candidate.

In intimate, funny and sometimes emotional detail, CAUCUS tells the story of the 2011-2012 campaign in Iowa as eight Republicans fight to become their party’s standard-bearer and take on Barack Obama. But to win, each must first navigate state fairs, town hall meetings in pizza halls and agitated questions from the increasingly contentious GOP base. CAUCUS is a revealing look at the difficulty of running for office, particularly the Presidency, and features private, human moments of very public figures.

With never-before seen glimpses of the candidates and with longer scenes that offer context to the moments that helped define the race, CAUCUS re-introduces viewers to the remarkable and unorthodox GOP field with special focus on former Senator Rick Santorum - the working-class, social conservative warrior with no money and little operational support - as he tries to win the 2012 Iowa Caucus the old-fashioned way, by going town-to-town, meeting voters one-on-one, campaigning in a pick-up truck, and Representative Michele Bachmann - the charismatic Congresswoman and self-proclaimed Tea Party leader, who was born in Iowa and forms an instant connection with the religious and fiscal conservatives who still live there. Both would fight to stay relevant in a contest where nearly every candidate would lead the race at some point - the Governor of Texas, the former U.S. House Speaker, a former pizza chain CEO and the presumed national frontrunner that no one seems particularly enthusiastic about.

Chronicling Bachmann's journey from her greatest triumph - her victory in the summer's Ames Straw Poll - to the long autumn where her popularity plummeted and tracking the slow rise of Santorum, in his own persistent battle for attention against all odds and mountains of super-PAC cash, CAUCUS is both a postmortem on the 2012 campaign, and a glimpse at the challenges that the Republican party finds themselves still facing more than a year later.

Watch the world television premiere of CAUCUS - Sunday, Jan. 12th 9E/6P

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Politics/Elections; US: Iowa; US: Minnesota; US: Pennsylvania; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: caucus; caucusfilm
9pm Eastern, repeated at Midnight Eastern time. Aljazeera America is on Direct TV, Dish Network, and many cable systems.

Don't ask me why Aljazeera America is the first network to run this documentary. I suspect that they were the high bidder.

"Caucus" has received very good reviews.

Official Caucus film site

1 posted on 01/10/2014 1:12:26 AM PST by iowamark
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To: iowamark

Thanks for the info. Just set the this a series of shows, or just a one hour special?

2 posted on 01/10/2014 3:53:20 AM PST by ken5050 (This space available cheap...)
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To: ken5050

just one hour

3 posted on 01/10/2014 5:48:43 AM PST by iowamark (I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy)
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To: iowamark

Neither cable TV provider in Iowa’s second-largest city carries Al Jazeera America.

Since that means I’m not paying for it, I’m fine with that.

Thanks anyway.

4 posted on 01/10/2014 9:58:47 AM PST by newgeezer (It is [the people's] right and duty to be at all times armed. --Thomas Jefferson, 1824)
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