Transcript of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's remarks at the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner November 19, 2011, via the Iowa Democratic party.
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Thank you Sue.
While we meet here tonight, the Republicans are having a debate across town.
I've watched a number of them, and I've got to be honest, I never thought I'd say this, (pause) I'm beginning to miss Sarah Palin's insights.
Their debate was called the Thanksgiving Family Forum -- which is fitting because I have never seen such a collection of turkeys.
Look at their top candidates: Take Mitt Romney. He said he would be in Iowa tonight. (pause) We should have known he would change his mind.
Newt was at the debate. I heard he had to leave early to spend the holiday with his loved ones ... the salespeople at Tiffanys.
And Herman Cain? I was actually hoping Herman would stop by today and see me before the debate, but he was at his tutorial on Libya. The scary part, his tutor was Rick Perry.
In truth, the Republicans do have an impressive field...
Governor Mitch Daniels, Governor Haley Barbour and former Governor Jeb Bush ...
The only problem, they're not on the field.
I just want you to think about this for a second. Think of our field in 2008. At our debates in Iowa, we had Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Senator Chris Dodd, and President Obama.