2012 Hopefuls Already Stumping In Iowa

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No, Iowa, the campaigning is not over, it's only just begun. Iowan farmer and cattleman Bill Couser talks to Andrea Seabrook about the recent visits to the Hawkeye state by 2012 presidential hopefuls.


While Washington obsesses about the immediate presidential transition, Republicans with White House dreams are already obsessing about 2012 and Iowa. Mike Huckabee, who won the Republican caucuses there in January, made a swing through the Hawkeye state this week. And Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal is there today. So is Bill Couser. He's a cattleman from Nevada, Iowa, and he's on the line now. Mr. Couser, welcome to the program.

Mr. BILL COUSER (Cattleman): Thank you very much, Andrea.

SEABROOK: So, no rest for Iowa, huh?

Mr. COUSER: Well, you know, it just seems like they want to come out here first and with the caucuses first, and I don't know whether it's the fuzzy warm or the very cold weather that they come to.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. COUSER: But they're always welcome.

SEABROOK: OK, what's the temperature outside right now?

Mr. COUSER: Well, today the wind chill is about one degree, but it seems like winter set in a little early.

SEABROOK: Yeah, one degree sounds like winter to me. Mr. Couser, are you surprised at all to see Huckabee and Jindal coming through the state this early?

Mr. COUSER: No, I don't think anymore it's - anything surprises us in Iowa.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. COUSER: When you look at what's happened to the global economy and the global market, so as long as they keep coming through, at least it gives us a chance to show and tell them what we're doing.

SEABROOK: Do you have any advice or requests for the pols that are coming through looking towards 2012?

Mr. COUSER: I just hope that they come here with an open mind. It seems like a lot of times, they're so rushed, and we have such a story to tell. And we can do it in a timely fashion, but just give us time to tell the whole story.

SEABROOK: Rushed? They've got four years.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. COUSER: Oh, I tell you, it's amazing. You know, they come in here, and you've got exactly 22 minutes to do your thing, and they're gone.

SEABROOK: Holy cow!

Mr. COUSER: And, you know, it's OK to do the photography thing in front of a plant or in front of a steer or whatever that is, but it's better if we can sit down in a room one-on-one and just talk about the issues and the concerns of the American people.

SEABROOK: Did you get to meet Huckabee or Jindal?

Mr. COUSER: No, I didn't this time. We're trying to finish our harvest up, and you know, with a day job, it's a guarantee they'll be back.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. COUSER: And so, you know, it's kind of like when Romney and McCain and all those people were coming through. They just seem to really come into the Midwest. And that's good.

SEABROOK: Bill Couser, a farmer and cattleman in Nevada, Iowa. Thanks so much for your time, sir.

Mr. COUSER: Thank you.

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