Countdown to Iowa Caucus is on for Democratic, Republican hopefuls

Fox Business Network Republican presidential debate at the North Charleston Coliseum, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, in North Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

(WIAT) — At Democratic presidential town hall in Iowa Monday night, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton did their best to set themselves apart:

“I voted against the war in Iraq,” said Sanders. “Hillary Clinton voted for the war in Iraq. I led the effort against Wall Street deregulation. See where Hillary Clinton was on this issue.”

“There are very different visions, different values, different forces at work, and you have to have somebody who is a proven fighter,” said Clinton.

The latest CBS News battleground tracker poll shows Sanders leading Clinton 47 percent to 46 percent among likely Democratic Iowa caucus goers.

The Republican battle for Iowa is also a close one, with Donald Trump and Ted Cruz locked in a tense fight for first place.

“You know my views are a little bit different than if I lived in Iowa,” said Trump.

On Monday, Cruz released his first ad attacking Trump’s so-called New York values.

Earlier he met privately with pastors in Cedar Rapids, pleading for their vote:

“Even if you’re thinking about another candidate, the simple reality is there’s only one campaign that can beat Trump in this state,” said Cruz.

Campaigning in New Hampshire, Trump once again questioned Cruz’s citizenship:

“He could run right now for prime minister of Canada, he’d have no problem,” said Trump.

Trump, Cruz and the other GOP contenders face off Thursday night in Des Moines in their seventh debate.

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