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RELEASE: 16 Presidential Hopefuls Send Video Messages to Students for Iowa Youth Caucus, Caucus 101
Paul D. Pate
Secretary of State
State Capitol
Des Moines, IA 50319
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Kevin Hall
Communications Director
(515) 725-2942
November 12, 2015

RELEASE: 16 Presidential Hopefuls Send Video Messages to Students for Iowa Youth Caucus, Caucus 101

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate is pleased to announce that 16 presidential candidates have responded to his request that they send video messages to Iowa high school students for the "Caucus 101" curriculum. The curriculum was developed by Secretary Pate to engage and educate students about civics, the Iowa Caucuses and Iowa's unique role as the first-in-the-nation state in the presidential selection process.

The videos can also be used at the bipartisan Iowa Youth Caucus events, most of which will be taking place next Thursday, November 19, in 22 counties across the state. The presidential candidates and campaigns have been invited to participate in the Iowa Youth Caucus events. If they do not have a speaker for their candidate, the video can be played instead, at each county organizers' discretion.

The videos are a great resource for all Iowans as their gauge the candidates bidding to win the Iowa Caucus on February 1. The full video playlist can also be found on the Iowa Secretary of State's YouTube page.

"I would like to thank each of the 16 presidential candidates and their campaigns for taking the time to produce and send these video messages to Iowa students," Secretary Pate said. "Making this curriculum fun and easily accessible for students, teachers and the general public was a high priority when we started this project. Letting Iowa's young people hear messages geared toward them, directly from the candidates, is a valuable tool for engaging them in the Iowa Caucuses."

The candidates which submitted videos for the "Caucus 101 curriculum include, in alphabetical order:

  • Jeb Bush
  • Ben Carson
  • Chris Christie
  • Ted Cruz
  • Carly Fiorina
  • Lindsey Graham
  • Mike Huckabee
  • Bobby Jindal
  • John Kasich
  • Rand Paul
  • Marco Rubio
  • Rick Santorum
  • Donald Trump
  • Hillary Clinton
  • Martin O'Malley
  • Bernie Sanders

All of the videos can be viewed on the Caucus 101 website, There are also short videos, provided by the Iowa Association of Business and Industry, offering tutorials on how the Republican and Democratic Caucuses work. Additionally, Secretary of State Paul Pate, in cooperation with We Are Iowa ABC 5-TV in Des Moines, provides an overview of the Caucus 101 curriculum in another video available on the page.

The "Caucus 101" 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.