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Presidential candidates in Iowa are pulling out every last stop as they sprint toward this week's caucus. GOP hopeful Mitt Romney put a new spin on inviting people to support him. Romney worked his funny bone with the crowd in Columbus junction.
Mr. MITT ROMNEY (Former Republican Governor, Massachusetts; Republican Presidential Candidate): Come in the caucus. I want you to come and vote a few times. Oh, I guess - I know just once, just once, just once. But bring a friend or two and then it gets like voting a few times.
CONAWAY: Voters from both parties are slated to caucus on Thursday. People Who aren't happy with any of the candidates in Iowa or abuzz over a bipartisan summit scheduled for January seventh in Oklahoma. That's because New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is scheduled to attend. Some moderates on both sides of the aisle hope the multibillionaire mayor will make a run for president as an independent.
Observers say Bloomberg could put as much as a billion dollars of his own fortune into a run. Bloomberg, a lifelong Democrat turned Republican, says he's not interested in running for president.
Violence in Kenya, after the weekend's presidential election, is following tribal lines. Incumbent victor Mwai Kibaki comes from one tribe and his opponent Raila Odinga from another.
Odinga accuses Kibaki as stealing the election to the systematic miscounting of votes. Kbaki has already taken the oath of office even as the destruction and killing in the nation shanty towns continue.
NPR's Gwen Thompkins explains.
GWEN THOMPKINS: There are other issues. There are issues of corruption. There are issues of poverty. There are issues of education. But first and foremost, this is a race about ethnicity. And the president, Mwai Kibaki, is Kikuyu. He is a member of the largest ethnic group in Kenya.
The challenger, Raila Odinga, is Luo. The Luos have never had a president of Kenya. Raila Odinga, they believe, was their candidate. He has an awful lot of popular support here, but not just among the Luos, but among many other ethnic groups in Kenya who were in league with the Luos. Many believed that the Kikuyus have had their chance and that it's time for someone else to take charge.
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