Stephen Colbert recaps the GOP race ahead of the upcoming Iowa caucuses

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On Thursday’s Late Show, Stephen Colbert summarized the state of the Republican race ahead of the Iowa caucuses in just a few weeks. Everyone knows that winning Iowa “is crucial to winning the Republican nomination. Just ask the guy who won Iowa in 2012, President Rick Santorum.” As Colbert reported last week, Jeb! has been trying out a bold new strategy, calling himself the “joyful tortoise” and handing out fake turtles on the campaign trail. “He tried using real turtles, but they kept crawling out of his pockets and passing him in the polls.” And it worked, because he is now in third place nationally. In first and second place in Iowa are Cruz and Trump, respectively. Cruz “has been leading in Iowa ever since George Patacki dropped out and Cruz picked up all of Patacki’s voter.” This has caused Trump to fight back in the only way he knows how—questioning citizenship. Cruz was born in Canada to an American mother and Cuban father, and Trump has been jumping on every opportunity to question Cruz’s qualifications for president. Trump is now blasting “Born in the U.S.A.” during his rallies, and reminding us of Cruz’s Canadian heritage by “inserting him into old episodes of Degrassi Junior High.”

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