Democrat Rep. Richard A. Gephardt has a new distinction--as the most-traveled presidential candidate in Iowa. Gephardt has spent months working the back roads of Iowa politics, and he capped that off this week in the barnyard of a state senator's farm, campaigning for the Feb. 8 caucuses amid hay bales and bratwurst in the 99th and last Iowa county.
"In and of itself, it's not any sure road to victory, but it helps," Gephardt said. "I wouldn't have done it if I didn't think it would help."
Brags on Record
At speeches and a farm rally in Decatur County, he bragged that he's set a record by bringing his ambitions to every Iowa county.
"I understand it's never been done by a presidential candidate," said Gephardt, who lives in neighboring Missouri.
Iowa Democratic Party spokesman Phil Roeder joked that "for a long time, he's been called our seventh congressman, but he's acting more like our Democratic governor."