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October 9, 2012 | By Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times
DUBUQUE, Iowa - Dr. Jack Dolehide remembers the trinity on display in his boyhood home in Chicago in the 1960s: There, in the center, was an iconic image of Jesus. On one side, Mayor Richard J. Daley, the city's legendary Democratic boss. On the other, President Kennedy. Then one day about 1969 or '70, the unthinkable occurred. Dolehide's father took down the politicians' portraits, ripped them into pieces and threw them away. He had become a Republican. Today, Jack Dolehide, 57, is a well-established physician in Dubuque and among many Catholics who plan to vote for Mitt Romney for president.
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October 3, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian
BURLINGTON, Iowa -- Do hunters have some sort of “gaydar” equivalent? Seems like it. In Iowa on Tuesday, as GOP vice presidential candidate Paul D. Ryan stumped in three towns along the Mississippi River, he was able to pick the hunters out of the crowd. “I see a bowhunter over there,” Ryan said, standing on a makeshift stage in the parking lot of a small Republican office in Burlington, on the eastern edge of the state. "That's a man after my own heart.” He added: “You know I carry my iPhone, it's blaze orange and camouflage.
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October 2, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian
DUBUQUE, Iowa -- It was Monday evening, near the end of a Republican rally at Loras College, a small Catholic institution on the banks of the Mississippi River in eastern Iowa. Paul D. Ryan, dressed casually in a blue Oxford shirt and khakis, stood on an ad hoc stage in the center of the college's field house. Ryan, the Republican vice presidential candidate, had been talking for about 25 minutes to an overflow crowd of nearly 1,000, with sound piped outside to another 500 or so supporters who couldn't get past the fire marshal.
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September 7, 2012 | By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. - President Obama and his challenger, Mitt Romney, will return Friday to the states where the presidential race began, crisscrossing paths as they both campaign in Iowa and New Hampshire. On Thursday, as Obama prepared to accept his party's nomination, Romney emerged from three days of debate preparations to criticize the Democratic incumbent for failing to keep his promises to Americans. "Over the last four years, the president has said he was going to create jobs for the American people and that hasn't happened.
NEWS
September 5, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The gift bag for politicians who stopped by to chat up Iowa delegates at a breakfast Wednesday included a lapel pin, stationery with a drawing of the state's iconic gold-domed Capitol - and a fold-up map of Iowa's 99 counties, a nod to the fact that the race for the 2016 presidential campaign has begun. The main purpose of the Democratic National Convention may be the reelection of President Obama, but outside of the convention hall, candidates eyeing the open Democratic primary in four years are wooing influential party activists and showering attention on the states that hold the early voting contests that can make or break a presidential run. And few states receive as much attention as Iowa, which holds the first-in-the-nation caucuses.
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September 1, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey, This post has been updated, as noted below.
URBANDALE, Iowa - President Obama ripped the GOP's recently wrapped convention as a “rerun” and a throwback to an earlier time, as he kicked off a campaign tour Saturday leading up to his nomination next week. “We'd seen it before,” Obama told a crowd estimated by local officials at 10,000 people. “You might as well have watched it on a black-and-white TV.” The president has repeatedly sought to cast GOP nominee Mitt Romney as out of touch and the Republican Party as trying to revive old policies.
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August 29, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
TAMPA, Fla. - Mike Huckabee, a one-time bitter rival of Mitt Romney who once questioned his Mormon faith, gave a glowing endorsement of the GOP presidential nominee on Wednesday, saying that his loyalty and experience in business, government and the Olympics make him the ideal person to right the nation's economic straits. “Let me say to you tonight, I care far less as to where Mitt Romney takes his family to church than I do about where he takes this country,” Huckabee told thousands gathered here for the Republican National Convention.
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August 28, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey
AMES, Iowa -- Campaigning under the scorching Iowa sun, President Obama had one eye on the rains pounding the Gulf Coast on Tuesday as he rallied young voters on the first stop of a two-day campus tour. Hurricane Isaac heading toward Louisiana was threatening a still recovering New Orleans on the seven-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the shadow of that devastating storm followed the Obama campaign to Iowa.  Before leaving on the trip, the president made an unscheduled statement, a brief update on his administration's preparations and a warning to residents in the path to not to tempt fate” by ignoring evacuation warnings.
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August 16, 2012 | By Michael Finnegan and Christi Parsons, Los Angeles Times
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - President Obama and Mitt Romney sparred over the future of Medicare on Wednesday in a battle to shape public opinion on the proposal byPaul D. Ryan, Romney's running mate, to revamp the popular healthcare program for the elderly and the disabled. Both sides sought to gain an edge with seniors in Florida and other swing states with large elderly populations - and perhaps with some younger Americans looking ahead to their retirement. The heated rhetoric on what, just days ago, was a marginal topic in the presidential race reflected the impact of Romney's decision to put the Wisconsin congressman on the Republican ticket Saturday.
NEWS
August 15, 2012 | By James Rainey
Politicians trying to play the authenticity card can get in trouble. They can look inauthentic. Or they can disrupt business as usual. The operator of the Bud Tent at the Iowa State Fair said this week that President Obama's stop at the popular beer pit-stop cost him a lot of business - as the Secret Service choked off the flow of customers by securing the area and screening everyone who wanted to come in for a cold one. The Monday...
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