August 13, 2011 |
Michele Bachmann captured the famed Iowa Straw Poll in Ames Saturday, reaching a high-profile benchmark in her meteoric rise to a top-tier presidential candidate. Bachmann made history, as well, becoming the first woman to win the event. She received 4,823 votes out of the almost 17,000 votes cast. The turnout was a significant leap over four years ago but didn't approach the record of more than 23,000 votes cast back in 1999. The Minnesota congresswoman narrowly outpaced libertarian Rep. Ron Paul, who had 4,671 votes, and whose red t-shirt-wearing supporters flooded the campus of Iowa State University, and packed the arena when Paul spoke.
July 27, 2011 |
Sarah Palin's flirtation with a presidential run is back in full swing. The former Alaska governor will headline a major "tea party" gathering in Iowa in September, just as the Republican nomination fight begins in earnest. Tea Party of America Wednesday announced Palin's participation in the Sept. 3 "Restoring America" event. "We don't need a 'fundamental transformation' of America. We need a restoration of all that is good and strong and free," Palin says in the group's news release.
May 15, 2012 |
DES MOINES - Returning to the state that launched Barack Obama to the presidency, Mitt Romney on Tuesday accused his rival of carelessly driving the country into "a financial crisis of both debt and spending that threaten what it means to be an American. " The presumptive GOP nominee's stop in the Hawkeye State, which he largely ignored before its first-in-the-nation caucuses in January, reflected the importance Iowa will play in selecting the next president. Though there has been little recent public polling in Iowa, both sides clearly see a competitive race here - made clear by the fact that Romney's visit came three days after one by the vice president's wife, Jill Biden.
January 5, 2012 |
As a U.S. senator who ascended quickly into a leadership position, Rick Santorum was known for his sharp elbows, sharp rhetoric and partisan fighting style. He said gay marriage could lead to bestiality. He blamed "radical feminism" for women going to work at the expense of children. He compared women seeking abortions unfavorably to slaveholders, saying that even they "did not have the unlimited right" to kill their slaves. It was a manner that eventually wore thin on Pennsylvania voters, who turned him out of office in 2006 with a resounding 18-point loss.
November 4, 2011 |
The GOP candidates who are struggling to make a mark in the presidential race gathered in Des Moines on Friday night to press their case before committed Republican activists who will decide their fate in 60 days, when Iowans hold their first-in-the-nation caucuses. But unlike most times the candidates appear together, there was little bickering. While a few made veiled swipes at their rivals, they reserved their harshest words for President Obama, saying he has made the recession worse, has a dangerous foreign policy and that he is, essentially, in over his head.
December 17, 2011 |
For months, the Republican presidential hopefuls have churned across Iowa, hammering a single theme in speeches, debates and countless conversations: President Obama must go. The GOP candidates have held more than 700 campaign events in the state, according to the Des Moines Register, compared with six visits by Obama, who is running unopposed for his party's nomination and thus sees little reason to come before the Jan. 3 caucuses. FOR THE RECORD: Obama's Iowa campaign: An article in the Dec. 18 Section A about President Obama's plans to win Iowa in 2012 said his Iowa campaign had placed more than 25,000 calls to supporters.
December 13, 2011 |
Struggling to ignite his sputtering presidential campaign, Rick Perry is aggressively courting Iowa's socially conservative voters over the airwaves and, in a 44-city, 14-day bus trip beginning Wednesday, hopes to make the pitch personal. The tour, full of stops on Main Streets and at the state's ubiquitous Pizza Ranch restaurants, is the kind of politicking that Iowans expect and in which Perry excels. The move follows a sharp shift in Perry's central campaign argument, from one focused on jobs to an effort overtly keyed to evangelical voters.
January 6, 2012 |
A mere week ago, the Rick Santorum boom seemed a distant possibility. In a Des Moines Register poll published the weekend before the Iowa caucuses, 41% of respondents said they weren't sure whom they were going to support. And these were people who expressed an intention to attend a caucus. Some of them had inclinations, certainly. But, like diners poring over the menu at a fancy restaurant, they might yet change their minds. Indeed, if the polls are to be believed, many Iowa voters changed their preferences multiple times over the last few months.
June 23, 1989 |
A small town in Iowa wants to boldly go where no one has gone before--and erect a statue to a favorite son who hasn't even been born. Four years ago, Riverside, Iowa, lobbied to become the "small town in Iowa" where James T. Kirk, whose captainship of the spaceship Enterprise is enjoying its fifth go-round on film, is to be born on March 26, 2228. Super "Trekkie" Steve Miller, who came up with the proposal, received the blessing of Gene Roddenberry, creator of "Star Trek," and now Miller is working with Paramount Pictures to get permission to erect a bronze statue of Kirk in the town's park.
July 6, 1997 |
Iowans are fatter than the rest of the nation and are more likely to smoke, a new study shows. Their blood pressure and cholesterol are also above the national norm. Those are among the findings in a new health "fact book" prepared by the Iowa Department of Public Health, a study released as officials opened a conference at Drake University on health issues facing the state. The new study is designed to assess the health behavior of Iowans.