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I can understand the decision to want to do your own event, you are more than likely going to see the people who are in the room several times before the caucuses, but it would have been a good opportunity for Barack Obama to demonstrate the support Barack Obama has in the state, which is significant.
Hopefully these candidates are getting unvarnished guidance about what this is going to take. It is a grueling schedule, it carries an enormous personal toll and these candidates have to have a clear and crisp view of why they want to do this, it is smart that they are taking the time to consider these factors.
It is critically important in the caucuses that you respect that these caucuses are about relationships and you build those relationships with your organizers and your volunteers overtime, we have built, since April, (an operation) to do this on a statewide level so that we are engaged with, talking to and listening to Iowans no matter where they are in a number of different ways.