Whats a 'Caucus'

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Whats a 'Caucus'

Postby Chorlton » Fri Jan 04, 2008 8:13 am

For us people over in the UK, I would like to ask you US types.
What the bloody hell is a Caucus ?
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Postby ryguy » Fri Jan 04, 2008 1:56 pm

LOL....It's simply a group of members within a particular political party who meet to decide on a matter related to the party. In the ones in Iowa...which I assume is what you're referring to, it's the meetings of members within each political party to decide on their Presidential Nominee.

That's one meaning anyway. If you want to get really, really confused, read the Wiki description of the various uses of the word:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caucus
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Postby Chorlton » Fri Jan 04, 2008 3:15 pm

Thanks for that. Its just my 14 Year old daughter who asked and I hadnt a clue.

Her last questions was "Why do we Yawn" ??

Thank god it wasnt "Whats the best condom" !!!!!!!
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Postby Access Denied » Sat Jan 05, 2008 4:14 am

Chorlton wrote:Her last questions was "Why do we Yawn" ??

Read her this and then she'll know one reason... :)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iowa_caucus

The Iowa caucus is an electoral event in which residents of the U.S. state of Iowa elect delegates to the county convention to which their precinct belongs in a caucus. There are 99 counties in Iowa and thus 99 conventions. These county conventions then select delegates for both Iowa's Congressional District Convention and the State Convention, which eventually choose the delegates for the presidential nominating conventions (the national conventions).

The Iowa caucus is noteworthy for the amount of media attention it receives during U.S. presidential election years: Since 1972, the Iowa caucus has been the first major electoral event of the nominating process for President of the United States. Although only about one percent of the nation's delegates are chosen by the Iowa state convention, the initial caucus has served as an early indication of which candidates for President might win the nomination of their political party at that party's national convention.

The interesting thing about this year's is it was the first time in US history a black man won a state's presidential nomination.

Chorlton wrote:Thank god it wasnt "Whats the best condom" !!!!!!!

Hence the reason you have a 14 year old daughter? :)
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