Argument: Rotating regional primaries solve the problems of the current process
- "Pull The Plug On Iowa and New Hampshire". BillPress.com. December 20, 2007 - "The fact that Iowa and New Hampshire still come first and have so much clout makes a mockery of the entire presidential primary process. There must be a better way - and there is! The best idea, I believe, is similar to one that's been kicked around since former Sen. Alan Dixon (D-Ill.) first proposed it back in 1991: a series of regional primaries. The country would be divided into four regions. Each region, in turn, would hold a primary on the first Tuesday of March, April, May, and June. The order would be rotated so that the region that goes first in 2008, for example, would go last in 2012.
- A system of regional primaries would be easy to set up - and it's the only way to give all Americans a real say in the primaries. There's just one obstacle: the inexplicable fear of party leaders and political candidates of offending the voters of Iowa and New Hampshire.
- Why? Together, they make up less than 2 percent of the population. What are they going to do? Secede? In primaries, it's time to give all Americans a voice, and not just Iowa and New Hampshire."