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."
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.
October 21, 2013 |
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie backed away from a court fight over same-sex marriage Monday, a move that further staked his place near the political middle ground at a time the country seems irretrievably divided into warring camps of right and left. The Republican governor's decision not to appeal a state Supreme Court judgment represents a gamble for his expected presidential effort: that in 2016 - after successive losing campaigns and a politically disastrous government shutdown - a majority of Republican primary voters will be willing to forsake ideological purity for a more pragmatic (and, some suggest, winning)
October 13, 2012 |
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.