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.
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.
February 9, 1988 |
Lee M. Walker was surrounded. "We just need one more, one," pleaded Mary Lee Rusk on behalf of Massachusetts Gov. Michael S. Dukakis. It took 17 supporters at this township caucus to win one delegate to the county Democratic convention. The Dukakis forces numbered 16. Walker's wife, Randa, a supporter of the Rev. Jesse Jackson, put her hand on her husband's arm. "No, no, no," she implored frantically. "You don't even like Dukakis."
October 30, 1989 |
If this is October, 1989, it must be time to start the 1992 presidential campaign. That's the way it seemed here in Iowa last weekend when Texas Sen. Lloyd Bentsen, the 1988 Democratic vice presidential candidate, showed up to address a state party dinner and appear at two other local fund-raising functions.
February 11, 1992 |
Campaigning all alone in the state where he has lived for 52 years, Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin scored a landslide victory Monday in the first electoral contest of the 1992 presidential race. As he promised, Harkin did better in Iowa's Democratic caucuses than any presidential candidate has ever done. He even exceeded former President Jimmy Carter's record of 59% in 1980. But the significance of his victory was limited because he faced almost no opposition. With 91.