First "Caucus 101" Presidential Candidate Videos to Iowa HS Students Unveiled
Paul D. Pate
Secretary of State
State Capitol
Des Moines, IA 50319
Iowa Secretary of State Seal WEBSITE:
Kevin Hall
Communications Director
(515) 725-2942
October 20, 2015

First "Caucus 101" Presidential Candidate Videos to Iowa HS Students Unveiled

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate unveiled the first presidential candidate videos submitted for the "Caucus 101" program. The videos come from Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, a U.S. Senator from Vermont, and Republican presidential hopeful Chris Christie, the Governor of New Jersey. They can be viewed at and on the Iowa Secretary of State's YouTube page.

They are also available at these links:
Bernie Sanders:
Chris Christie:

The Secretary of State's Office requested videos from each presidential hopeful with the candidates tailoring their message specifically toward Iowa high school students. The videos will be posted on the "Caucus 101" website over the next two weeks, in the order they were received.

"My thanks to the presidential campaigns that have responded and addressed their messages directly toward Iowa high school students," said Secretary of State Paul Pate. "I wanted to make this curriculum fun and easily accessible for students and teachers. Increasing participation in Iowa's elections is one of my main goals as Secretary of State. One way to accomplish that is by getting young people interested in the process."

"Caucus 101" is a curriculum developed by Secretary of State Paul Pate, designed for Iowa high school students. The course is aimed at involving students, parents and the community in civic engagement while educating them about Iowa's unique role in the political process.

The curriculum, written by Iowa teachers for Iowa teachers, is available for anyone to use and can be downloaded at This non-partisan, seven-step course has the approval of the Iowa Democratic Party, the Republican Party of Iowa and the Iowa Council for the Social Studies.