Iowa caucuses are democracy at grass roots

By Joe Garofoli, San Francisco Chronicle

Des Moines, Iowa — John Dennis is a San Francisco guy who found himself standing in a Des Moines high school auditorium Tuesday in front of 225 Iowans and asking them to vote for Ron Paul.

“His campaign inspired me to run for office. I ran for Congress in my district in 2010,” Dennis said, then paused a beat. “Anybody know Nancy Pelosi?”

The room full of Republicans laughed. At a GOP caucus in Iowa, “Nancy Pelosi” is a punch line.

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