“The rap on Iowa,” Mitchell said. “It doesn’t represent the rest of the country… too white, too evangelical, too rural. Still here, politics are personal.”
After adding that Iowa Republican caucus attendees don’t seem to have a “very good track record for picking presidents,” Mitchell spoke with network political analyst Mike Murphy, who said that the Iowa caucus was really part of a sort of “winnowing out” process when it comes to presidential candidates.
The comments are drawing criticism from various media outlets claiming that the race card is now being brought into play.
NBC spokeswoman Erika Masonhall rejected the criticisms outright, saying:
“That line was part of her report from last night’s ‘NBC Nightly News’ on why Iowa does matter. As Andrea mentioned, when she said ‘The rap on Iowa…’ she was referencing critics who argue that the state shouldn’t carry so much weight because it doesn’t proportionally represent the rest of the country. She then interviews analysts and Iowa voters who explain why the state is so important in the election cycle.”
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