The Year: Presidential Politics

Part 9 of Katie Couric's special looking back at 2011.
4:26 | 12/15/11

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The story in politics this year. Well it depends on -- today it was. Well on most days the Republicans were duking it out at debates with would be contenders. And no matter which side of the -- you were on you knew it included an -- And ended with a -- rack. Mitt Romney leading him to pull the road to the Iowa Caucuses had so many twists and turns are urged Herman Cain who -- already -- Davis is speaking at the right time this year there was no GPS for the GOP. Everyone it seems has had their fifteen minutes of fame why is that the case. Its weakness of Mitt Romney. -- a Republican voters are not sure that they can trust him on their issues this foot -- the issue is very real. I have never supported the president's Recovery Act -- the stimulus. Well I think there is need for an economic stimulus what the Romney people hope visited people -- around and eventually -- Mitt -- It's -- like political speed dating since August. Minnesota congresswoman and one -- Tea Party favorite Michelle Bachmann came out of the gates strong. With an historic win in Iowa straw poll. Let people see in me -- that I'm a real person I'm authentic. But -- soon discovered around sometimes from reality by chief clubs especially when you get the facts -- -- just like John Wayne was from Waterloo Iowa. That's just kind of spirit that I have to John Wayne Gacy the serial killer lived in Waterloo. People wanted a strong Republican woman they were excited about that idea. But we kept seeing these incidents where she seemed to be not ready for prime time. All of you welcome to there was when he -- prime time to be had a dozen televised debate so far. And more than a few memorable moments. I was -- I -- 101000 bucks. If that's your view of effective leadership with results please stop because your killings but none more memorable in this -- carried brain freeze. And for the ages what's the third when there was. Commerce education and the city. I can't but there -- -- -- is Perry Texas test. -- you can't say that yet because so many voters in Iowa and New Hampshire just tuning in but. At this point Perry couldn't win. I don't know what you're talking about the things went well. As many -- for some comic relief. Turning McCain's campaign confronted serious allegation. Former female colleagues accuse him of sexual harassment unbounded. -- faith. Republicans in the end of the pizza tycoon. Just didn't deliver I -- -- -- -- presidential campaign. There were the also -- And the almost brands. What do everything short of suicide to convince people about running. And a sudden comeback. I and the guy's been around forever Republican voters. Are so down on Obama they really want someone who'll take until I think that accounts for the Newt. Gingrich bubble. GOP voters had yet to pick a candidate they do you want but most of them know the -- they don't. Tough times. -- working Americans. 34 straight months of staggeringly high unemployment. Has. Been an albatross around the neck of President Obama he's not going to be able to motivate the base as easily as he was able to do so in 2000. Yeah the American people demand it. That change we can believe in -- -- change we can believe in tomorrow. While the president tries to get back his motel. The Republican challengers are -- of their own White House Christmas. In 2012.

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