December 18, 2014

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Strickland calls caucus in Iowa ‘undemocratic`

COLUMBUS — The governor of Ohio, a must-win state for presidential candidates, is criticizing the Iowa caucuses.

Gov. Ted Strickland said the process is undemocratic because it excludes so many people. Strickland said Iowa is not a representative state and the caucus is not a fair way to register public opinion.

He called the GOP and Democratic caucuses “hugely undemocratic,” because the process “excludes so many people.” Anyone who happens to be working or is sick or too old to get out for a few hours Thursday night won’t be able to participate, said Strickland, a Democrat elected last year.

“I’d like to see both parties say, ‘We’re going to bring this to an end,’ ” Strickland told The Columbus Dispatch for a story Monday.

He said he doesn’t have a problem with the New Hampshire primary because “at least it’s an election.”

Strickland campaigned in Iowa on Saturday for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, his third trip to the state since endorsing her in September.

No Republican has been elected president without carrying Ohio in more than a century and only two Democrats have done so. In 2004 Ohio was the deciding state in President Bush’s re-election.

Clinton campaign spokesman Isaac Baker said the campaign is proud of Strickland’s support but disagrees with him on this issue.

“Sen. Clinton believes that Iowa and New Hampshire play a unique and special role in the nominating process, and that process should be protected,” Baker said.