June 23, 1994 |
The 1996 presidential campaign begins unofficially tomorrow in Iowa and U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., will be there. He and six other possible GOP contenders will speak at the Iowa Republican Party's state convention tomorrow night in Des Moines. Between 1,500 and 2,000 people who paid $25 each to attend will then vote on their choice for president. The straw poll foreshadows Iowa's first-in-the-nation party caucuses, which will be held in January 1996. But Specter insists tomorrow's trip doesn't mean he's running for president - even though this will be his third trip to Iowa.
February 8, 1988 |
When Iowans turn out tonight for Democratic and Republican precinct caucuses, they will meet in fire halls, churches, bank lobbies and even in the homes of some party regulars. All together, there will be 4,974 voting precinct caucus meetings, equally divided between the two parties, in the state's 99 counties. They will start at 7 p.m. CST (8 p.m. Philadelphia time). Beyond that, the Democratic and Republican caucuses are worlds apart in process and what the results might mean.
March 27, 2011 |
DES MOINES, Iowa - A handful of high-profile Republicans who may be eyeing the White House told hundreds of conservative activists Saturday that most Americans agreed with their values, and insisted that opposition to the president's health-care overhaul could help the GOP make historic gains in 2012. Rep. Michele Bachmann, a tea party favorite, got the noisiest reception when she told about 500 people gathered in Des Moines that voters were ready to overturn the federal health-care law and oust President Obama during next year's election.
August 14, 2011 |
AMES, Iowa - The Ames Straw Poll is many things: state fair with carnival rides, political convention, fundraiser for the Iowa Republican Party, test of a candidate's organizational strength, and what some might describe as an institutionalized if genteel day of bribery. But the quirky poll, in which only six of the nine declared Republican presidential contenders are participating Saturday, is also testimony to the paradoxical ability of Iowans, who pride themselves on their modesty, to capture the media spotlight.
January 4, 2012
By John Nichols The Republicans who would be president, the super-PACs, and the surrogates had already spent more than $12 million on television ads - almost half of them negative - before the final weekend leading up to Tuesday's Iowa caucuses. That doesn't count thousands of radio ads, mailings, lighted billboards in Des Moines, and the cost of staff. Add it all up and there is a good chance that, when all is said and done, the candidates will have spent $200 per vote to influence the roughly 110,000 Iowans who were expected to participate in the Republican caucuses.
September 29, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - The nation's Republican presidential primary season could be bumping up against New Year's Day, as states seeking to boost their political clout look to set earlier contests. Florida's 2012 Republican presidential primary could be scheduled for as early as Jan. 31, which most likely would prompt the states that traditionally have gone early to move up their own contests. Florida House Speaker Dean Cannon told the St. Petersburg Times on Wednesday that the state's primary date selection committee would meet Friday and was likely to choose Jan. 31. Florida had been looking at an early March date - after Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina.
August 10, 2011 |
INDIANOLA, IOWA - Fresh from his adopted home at an Iowa farm, would-be president Rick Santorum wore cowboy boots and jeans when he walked into a worn-at-the-edges corner store on the square of this small town looking for help. "People in Iowa have a huge say in who's going to be president," the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania told a dozen Republicans sipping coffee. "Iowa doesn't pick the president, but it does pick the field. " Indeed. Starting with a debate tomorrow in Iowa and a make-or-break straw poll in the state Saturday, the coming stretch will test candidates, messages and machinery; elevate some to the top tier of media attention and money, and drive the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination heading into the fall.
August 31, 1995 |
I'm beginning to think it's time to pull the plug on the Iowa caucuses. The New Hampshire primary, too, for that matter. I say that regretfully. I have always been a defender of those twin events, which traditionally kick off the presidential nominating process. When people would argue that Iowa and New Hampshire were unrepresentative - small, white-bread states with few of the problems that face the rest of the country - I would counter with: "Yes, but there is a wholesomeness to the electoral process there that doesn't exist in other states.
February 10, 1988 |
The Iowa caucuses have provided an answer to the question asked by political experts since Pat Robertson entered the Republican presidential race last October: Is he for real? The answer, apparently, is yes. "I'll never underestimate that guy again," commented a disappointed Lee Atwater, campaign manager for George Bush, who was stunned to finish third behind Robertson and Sen. Bob Dole of Kansas. "I don't see how Robertson can be called anything else other than a viable candidate," said Eddie Mahe, a Republican consultant who is not working for any presidential candidate.