Iowa Presidential Watch
Holding the Democrats accountable


July 31, 2006  

"Now if they [The Democratic National Committee] stick something in between ...[the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary] … I think that's their choice," Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) said. "But it makes the system more complicated and probably slightly less democratic."

"Every poll anywhere right now is meaningless," Sen. John Kerry said. "You are talking to a guy who was 30 points down in Iowa for six months. I told you they were meaningless then. Right now, they are even more meaningless. People aren't focused on this."


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Lance Armstrong in Iowa

The Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong participated in Iowa’s RAGBRAI – The Des Moines Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa. The reason Lance Armstrong’s joined this great Iowa spectacle is to gain attention for his cause – raising more money for cancer research. The Des Moines Register quoted Armstrong as saying at the politically opportune hearings held by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA):

When presidential candidates stop before the caucuses, Iowans should ask them about their plans for cancer research, Armstrong told a crowd of 600 in the University of Iowa Memorial Union on Friday.

"We have to hold our leaders accountable," he said. "When they come to this great state in 2008, ask them, 'What's your plan?' "

Romney in Iowa

The Des Moines Register covers Mitt Romney’s (R-MA) trip to Iowa last Saturday. Romney was the keynote speaker at the annual Republican Party of Iowa’s Chairman’s dinner Saturday evening in Cedar Rapids:

Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said today in Iowa that his political trip to the lead-off caucus state doesn't slow progress fixing the Big Dig tunnel that partially collapsed in Boston two weeks ago.

"I've indicated there that I'll be there any time I'm needed," Romney said at the outset of a day of Republican politics in the lead-off caucus state. "I'm not an engineer, so I can't do the drawings. I can't screw in the new bolts. But whenever it's time to make a decision or make an inspection, I'll be there."

Romney, chairman of the Republican Governors Association and potential candidate for president in 2008, cancelled two weeks of political travel on July 10 after part of the tunnel's ceiling collapsed, killing a motorist.



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