The 50 Day Project
By Jen Green
Maybe the second-most asked question I get about the 2012 Iowa Caucuses after “are you going to endorse/support anyone” is “what’s a good place to go to find out information about the candidates?”
In fact, I was walking my neighborhood just last week when a couple of my neighbors asked me if there was a type of clearinghouse website we could trust to give us info on the candidates. I had to tell them, “no,” but after today, I can say, “yes” and do a little shameless self-promotion at the same time.
We’re going to be that website here at stevedeace.com.
My 50 Day Project is to vet the candidates before the August 13 straw poll like no other media source in Iowa has ever done. I’ll keep the information updated throughout the day, covering all the serious candidates who are participating in the event (meaning Romney and Huntsman are out).
Just to prove how dedicated I am to this project, I’ve done something I said I would never do—join the twitterverse. It’s a great way to get up to date information.
Most of you have pretty busy lives and don’t have the time to glean the web, watch TV, scan social networking, and have water cooler conversations to stay up to date on all the candidates. I can help you with that because, well, that is my job.
As I’ve stated before in my “Someone to Believe In” series, I do not yet have a dog in this race. I have not decided on a candidate. Yes, I do have a short list, and I have divulged that to you. However, there’s still lots of time, many news cycles, and plenty of questions to be asked and answered before any of us should feel pressure to choose our candidate.
Most of us will agree that we do not want a repeat of this current administration. We have a great opportunity now to find a real conservative who can help put this country back on track . . . but we have to have our critical thinking hats on.
I do not believe that all of us will come to the same answer. That’s okay. I do think, though, that we should all be asking the same questions. So, here we go. The 50 Day Project—then, I’ll see you in Ames.