November 11, 2007 |
Before Gordon and Monica Fischer publicly announced their endorsement of Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, the couple went through a peculiar Iowa ritual: the apology call. It's the Dear John letter of presidential politics -- by phone. "At times you hope they don't pick up," said Gordon R. Fischer, a lawyer and power broker in Iowa Democratic politics. "It's hard."
October 8, 2007 |
Inside a brightly lighted downtown theater, a group of actors gathered around a piano, their songbooks open and voices ready, waiting for their cue. Director Tony Humrichouser peered intently at the score. With his nod, the cast began to sing: I remember back in '84 , I went to open up my door And there stood Walter Mondale in my yard. He'd been there since the break of dawn, That's when he'd mowed and raked my lawn And walked and fed my lazy St. Bernard.
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January 24, 2000
The 2000 run for the White House begins for real today as 150,000 or so Iowans trudge through the snow to attend precinct caucuses and register their support for Democratic and Republican candidates. The race for the presidential nominations started earlier than ever and could--don't blink--be over by the time California ballots are counted March 7. Of course the winners in Iowa, and in New Hampshire's primary on Feb.
November 12, 1995 |
Republican presidential candidates courted anti-abortion activists Saturday, finding distinctions in their opposition to the procedure but pledging "the politics of conviction." "There are differences in this house of conservatism," said commentator Patrick J. Buchanan. Buchanan and Sen. Phil Gramm of Texas spoke at a convention of the Iowa Right to Life Committee, while Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, former Tennessee Gov.
January 17, 1996 |
Everyone knows you can't win a presidential campaign without a heaping dose of money and television. But these days in the Hawkeye State, the question is whether money and television alone can carry the day for the current hot candidate--publishing magnate Steve Forbes. Forbes' personal fortune has fueled a relentless electronic advertising blitz that has helped propel his GOP candidacy into second place in the polls, behind Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole.
November 17, 1999 |
Aides to Democratic presidential candidate Bill Bradley unveiled his first television spot Tuesday, a 60-second commercial aimed at broadening his resume for voters in Iowa and New Hampshire and hammering home his Senate experience and concerns on race and health care. The ad is a pastiche of black-and-white photos from Bradley's youth and career and video tributes from senators and loyalists--all ending with the tag line, "It can happen."
February 2, 1996 |
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.
February 10, 1992 |
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 |
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 |
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."