January 27, 1988 |
Reporters seeking to explain a candidate's popularity often resurrect moldy cliches such as "well-oiled juggernaut" or "finely tuned machine" to describe his campaign apparatus. The success of the Democratic front-runner in Iowa, Gephardt, demands some other explanation. In the first hour of an Iowa swing last week, state troopers pulled over three Gephardt motorcade vehicles and cited them for speeding.
February 8, 1988 |
Nearly three years after the start of one of the most intense Democratic presidential campaigns Iowans have ever seen, caucus-goers across this heartland state will declare their choice tonight from a crowded field, narrowly led in several pre-election polls by Missouri Rep. Richard A. Gephardt. Under the glare of hundreds of television lights and world attention, Democrats will gather at 7 p.m.
January 8, 1988 |
Just one month before the Feb. 8 Iowa caucuses--the first real electoral battle of the 1988 presidential contest--the political landscape in Iowa appears confused and uncertain, clouded by the sudden return of a once-fallen prodigal candidate on the Democratic side and shrouded in mystery by the unknown power of a former evangelical preacher and the lingering after-effects of the Iran-Contra scandal among the Republicans.
February 9, 1988 |
On the strength of a savvy media blitz that stressed a populist Midwestern message on trade and agriculture, Missouri Rep. Richard A. Gephardt surged to a narrow victory in Iowa after being all but written off just one month ago. Many political observers believe that his series of television commercials that humanized his tough stance on trade played a crucial role in Gephardt's turnaround.
December 15, 1991 |
Iowa Democrats decided Saturday against rules changes that would have given native son Sen. Tom Harkin stiffer competition from rival Democrats in the state's Feb. 10 presidential preference contest. Under the rules, Iowa Democrats must express their preferences in the open, a requirement that might intimidate supporters of other candidates because they would have to vote in the presence of party officials who often double as Harkin campaign workers.
January 18, 1988 |
Both Democrats and Republicans vote in Iowa's caucuses Feb. 8. But the process for each party is so utterly different, you would hardly know you are in the same state. For Democrats, the atmosphere will be open and boisterous--like a prize fight or the closing hour on the floor of the stock exchange. Here you vote with your feet, walking to a corner of the room and standing in public in groups backing the candidate of your choice.