St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Nicholas Pistor, a former consultant for CBS’ 48 Hours, on Tuesday joined The Ryan Kelley Morning After to discuss Monday’s Iowa caucuses.
We typed up some excerpts from the segment, which you can listen to in full below:
What was your biggest takeaway from Tuesday’s caucuses?
“Hillary Clinton certainly is struggling with her campaign, she’s having a very hard time besting a 70-year-old Democratic socialist. This would’ve been unheard of a year ago that she was up by 50 points and now it’s virtually a tie with what once was considered a weak challenger.”
“On the Republican side, you have Donald Trump, who had led all throughout the fall, was not able to overcome Ted Cruz in a state that has a lot of evangelical voters. If Donald does not win in New Hampshire, he will most likely be out of the race. If he does it’ll be a whole new ballgame.”
On the importance of the Iowa Caucus:
“Let’s keep in mind that the last two Iowa winners on the Republican side (Rick Santorum in 2012 and Mike Huckabee in 2008) virtually went nowhere after Iowa. It’s hard to say what that means or what even Iowa means anymore to the Republican party.”
Here’s the complete segment (interview starts at 12:10 mark):