TWLC's Viviana Hurtado Analyzes the Iowa Caucus on CNN en Español's Café CNN


U.S. politics fascinates people all around the world.

I learned that early on, having caught the travel bug early thanks to Mami and Papi who splurged on education and vacations abroad (Big Bro, Lil' Sis, and I did not get cars at 16, nor weekly shopping sprees growing up.  "Not a good inbestment," Mami would chide.

This fixation on our political process was confirmed when I worked as a correspondent for Al Jazeera English and traveled throughout Latin America.  That gig allowed me to explain U.S. foreign policy to the satellite TV station's global audience numbering millions.

¿Qué cool, no?

All these (and other) paths have been combining lately, including this week when CNN en Español asked me to analyze the Iowa Caucus--the first major step toward the Republican 2012 Presidential nomination--for their morning show, Café CNN.

This was before Mitt Romney won by perhaps one of the most razor thin margins in history--8 votes.  I can't even fit that many people in my teeny weeny DC row house for dinner!

Other nuggets:

  • How important is the Iowa caucus given that voters there aren't representative of the broader country as detailed in the 2010 U.S. Census which shows a more diverse country, led by the Latino community which grew 43% since 2000, surging to 50.5 million? (Not really but very).
  • How long can the GOP ignore, if not outright alienate Hispanic voters (2016 anybody)?
  • Why do Republican voters not want to ask Mitt Romney to the Prom (it has nothing to do with his hair)?

Click on link to watch the interview.

Why has Mitt Romney not been able to lock in the Republican nomination?