Here are some of the issues that will be discussed on today’s edition of The Chad Hasty Show.

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Walker Leads in Iowa, Cruz in 4th

According to POLITICO, Scott Walker is the big favorite in Iowa right now while Donald Trump is in second place.

Walker grabbed 22 percent, compared to Trump’s 13 percent. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson received 8 percent, with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz with 7 percent each. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who won the 2008 caucus, follows with 6 percent, with Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul at 5 percent, and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal at 4 percent.

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who won the 2012 caucuses, grabbed 3 percent, as did former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and retired Hewlett Packard executive Carly Fiorina.

It should be noted that polling for this survey began last Thursday, two days before Trump’s statement that McCain “was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”

There are two things that I find interesting about this poll for the Ted Cruz camp. It is possible, that if Donald Trump weren't in the race, Ted Cruz could be in second place in Iowa. Look at this information from the poll.

Support among key groups includes:

Tea Party – Walker leads Trump 27% to 14% among Tea Party supporters, with Ted Cruz in coming third at 12%. Among non-supporters of the Tea Party, Walker has a nominal lead (18%), followed by Trump (11%), Bush (11%), and Carson (9%).

 

 Ideology – Very conservative voters line up behind Walker (22%), Trump (14%) and Cruz (12%) as their top picks. Somewhat conservative voters back Walker (23%), followed by Trump (12%), Carson (10%), and Bush (10%). Moderate to liberal voters choose Walker (19%), Bush (15%), Trump (10%), Rubio (10%), and Carson (10%) as their top tier.

 

Evangelicals – Evangelical voters favor Walker (17%), Trump (13%), Cruz (10%), Carson (10%), and Huckabee (9%). Non-evangelical voters prefer Walker (26%), Trump (12%), and Bush (10%).

Just look at that! Cruz finishes in third behind Trump in the three major conservative blocks. In my opinion, Donald Trump shouldn't have more support in any of those groups over Ted Cruz. If Trump wasn't in the race, Cruz would be making headlines in Iowa. Of course not every voter who supports Trump would support Cruz, but many of them would which is good news for Cruz in Iowa. The bad news is, Trump is still a candidate and his polling numbers haven't had time to crater. Just give it time though.

Team Cruz should be happy.

Muslim Immigrants

Should immigrants from Islamic countries face more scrutiny? According to the USA Today, Senator Rand Paul says yes.

Breitbart News is reporting that GOP presidential candidate Rand Paul told one of its reporters backstage at a speech in Houston last night that the U.S. should provide extra scrutiny of people coming into the country from predominantly Muslim countries after the Chattanooga, Tenn., terrorist attack on Friday.

"I’m very concerned about immigration to this country from countries that have hotbeds of jihadism and hotbeds of this Islamism," Paul told Breitbart. "I think there does need to be heightened scrutiny. Nobody has a right to come to America, so this isn’t something that we can say ‘oh, their rights are being violated.’ It’s a privilege to come to America and we need to thoroughly screen those who are coming."

The alleged shooter in the Chattanooga incident -- which claimed the lives of five U.S. Marines -- was named Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez. The 24-year-old was born in Kuwait and immigrated to the U.S.

Paul also cited an incident in his hometown of Bowling Green, Ky., where two Iraqi refugees who were placed in Kentucky tried to buy military grade missiles.

"I think we’re doing the wrong thing by just having this open door policy to bring in people without significant scrutiny. I’m for increasing scrutiny on people who come on student visas from the 25 countries that have significant jihadism. Also, any kind of permanent visas or green cards, we need to be very careful. I don’t think we’re being careful enough with who we let in," he said.

What do you think about Paul's comments? Should the U.S. place more scrutiny on those traveling or immigrating from Islamic countries? Should the U.S. cutoff immigration all together from some places? We will talk about it today on the show.

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These and many more topics coming up on today’s edition of The Chad Hasty Show. Tune in mornings 8:30-11am on News/Talk 790 KFYO, streaming online at kfyo.com, and now on your iPhone and Android device with the radioPup App. All guest interviews can be heard on our KFYO YouTube page after the show and online at kfyo.com.