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Rusty Harder is sitting with his kids in the school library reading them the "Cobweb Queen" at breakneck speed. Every few minutes, he glances at his watch. It's 7:30 p.m., and by this time he's usually closeted in a cluttered basement office at home working the phone for his favored GOP presidential hopeful, Texas Sen. Phil Gramm. But wife Jo's volleyball night is sacrosanct, so this evening, Harder has stolen an hour away from politics to attend a school reading event.
Sen. Tom Harkin is finding that expectations can be tough opponents as he scrambles to get the support he needs for a convincing win in tonight's Iowa caucuses, the opening round of the 1992 presidential campaign. Harkin has predicted that he will get at least 60% in his home state precinct caucuses and that "undecided" will place second. Until last weekend, leading Democrats figured he was right, but a Des Moines Register poll created some doubts.
August 27, 1988 | Reuters
James Gannon announced Friday that he plans to leave his job as editor of the Des Moines Register by the end of this year to become a columnist and Washington bureau chief for the the Detroit News. Gannon, 49, played a high-profile role in Iowa politics, organizing and moderating the Iowa presidential candidate debates before the state's political caucuses in 1980, 1984 and this year.
November 5, 1987 | From the Associated Press
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."
January 1, 2008
Re "In Iowa cornfields, a left-tilting tradition," Dec. 30 The Times brings to light, at long last, the rich history of Iowa's progressive politics. Too often it goes unnoticed or overlooked by the modern progressive movement that much of my native state was established by a strong lot of liberal-leaning Norwegian, German and Irish settlers. Each group came with a sense not only of hard work but the value of human dignity and a healthy respect for a need to maintain our role as our brother's keeper in both times of hardship and riches.
January 12, 2004 | James Rainey, Times Staff Writer
When voters gather here in a week to declare their choices for the Democratic presidential nomination, the final tumult of a long campaign will be roaring in their ears. "Rush to war ... stop Bush ... universal health care ... stop Bush But next Monday's critical Iowa caucuses may be won by a much softer sound -- neighbors talking with neighbors.
October 13, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro, This post has been updated. See below for details
WASHINGTON -- President Obama is leaning on two of America's favorites -- Bubba and the Boss -- for a little get-out-the-vote action next week in critical swing states. Bruce Springsteen will headline a free event Thursday in the Parma, Ohio, area, where he will be joined by Bill Clinton, before heading for a second show later that day in Ames, Iowa, the Obama campaign announced, as Obama turns to the power of pop culture to get voters to the polls. That same night, the president will make a return visit to "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart"; on Saturday, the campaign released a new TV ad with the unmistakable voice of actor Morgan Freeman.
As controversy again swirled around White House Chief of Staff John H. Sununu's travel arrangements, Sununu headed out of town Tuesday, flying aboard a corporate airplane to attend an Iowa Republican Party fund-raising dinner, White House and Iowa GOP officials said. The White House, meanwhile, said that President Bush had "full confidence" in his chief of staff and defended Sununu's use of private aircraft for personal and political trips.
March 21, 2011 | By Tom Hamburger and Melanie Mason, Washington Bureau
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who developed a reputation for trimming the growth of spending in his home state, is expected to announce Monday afternoon the formation of a presidential exploratory committee, according to his campaign staff. Reflecting the importance of social media in modern campaigns, Pawlenty is promising his supporters an "exclusive" look at his plans in a message to be posted on Facebook at 3 p.m. The announcement makes him the second major candidate to make such an announcement.
December 6, 1987 | JOHN BALZAR, Times Political Writer
It's a matter of experience. For Bob Dole it is the experience of the Midwest. The deep-down remembrance of the smell of freshly tilled topsoil, a plain upbringing in an ordinary place, a place in the heartland to call home. For George Bush it is the globe girdling experience of a half-dozen titled positions--jobs from here to China, literally. The experience that may, on the eve of the Reagan-Gorbachev summit, earn him a slice of credit for the upcoming missile reduction treaty.
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