|Democratic presidential candidates are looking to build strong grassroots organizations over the coming months. State and local officials will be wooed for their support, with the endorsements of Gov. Tom Vilsack and Sen. Tom Harkin looming as the biggest prizes. The help that many of the presidential hopefuls provided to Iowa candidates and campaigns during the '02 cycle may now pay off in the form of endorsements. The candidates will vie for labor support, since organized labor includes some of the most active elements of the party. Candidates' positions on agricultural issues such as ethanol and trade will also be watched closely.|
|Visits by Candidates|
J U N E (17 candidate visits - 22 candidate days)
Five candidates attended the
Jasper County Democrats' "America's Hometown Forum" at Newton High School
on June 21, 2003:
-Rep. Kucinich visited Iowa on June 21, 2003, participating in the America's Hometown Forum at Newton High in Newton, and the AFSCME Family Picnic at Saylorville Lake.
-Rep. Gephardt participated in the America's Hometown Forum at Newton High in Newton, Iowa on June 21, 2003.
-Rev. Sharpton participated in the America's Hometown Forum at Newton High in Newton, Iowa on June 21, 2003.
-Sen Edwards visited Iowa on June 20-21, 2003. On June 20 he met with Dallas County Democratic activists at Hotel Pattee in Perry. On June 21 he participated in the America's Hometown Forum at Newton High.
-Gov. Dean visited Iowa on the afternoon of June 17, 2003. He did a Health Care Town Hall Meeting at Firefighters Local 15 Union Hall in Council Bluffs; a town hall meeting in the city council chamber in Atlantic; and a house party at the home of Harold Wells in Des Moines.
-Gov. Dean visited Iowa on the afternoon and evening June 14, 2003. In Waterloo he attended the Juneteenth Celebration in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center at Hawkeye Community College; did his first Iowa "House Call" (discussing his Healthy America initiative) at the home of Dennis Harbaugh and Juanita Williams; and spoke at a Flag Day fundraiser for state Rep. Don Shoultz at the Shoultzs' home. Proceeding to Iowa Falls, he met with Hardin County Democrats at the home of Mary Rose Brown. He concluded the trip as Dr. Julie Thomas' guest at the Iowa Democratic Party's Hall of Fame Dinner in Des Moines.
-Rep. Kucinich visited Eastern Iowa on the afternoon June 13, 2003. He lunched at the Muddy Waters Restaurant (free hors d'ouevres) in Cedar Rapids; -also in Cedar Rapids he helda press conference on his health care plan; and did a Conversation with Rep. Kucinich at Carnegie-Stout Public Library in Dubuque.
-Sen. Edwards visited Iowa on June 13, 2003. After overnighting in Mason City on June 12, he did breakfast with Cerro Gordo county activists at Holiday Inn there; met with Kossuth County Democrats at Algona Public Library in Algona, and had lunch with Democratic activists at Marvin Gardens Restaurant in Fort Dodge.
-Sen. Kerry visited Iowa on June 12-13 and June 14, 2003. On the evening of June 12 he appeared at a Linn Phoenix Club reception at the home of Bob Rush in Cedar Rapids. On the morning of June 13 he delivered a speech on energy independence at VFW Hall Post 788 in Cedar Rapids. --On the evening of June 13 he addressed the Wisconsin Democratic Convention in Milwaukee.-- Returning to Iowa on June 14, he toured the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque; spoke at a Flag Day fundraiser for state Rep. Don Shoultz at the Shoultzs' home in Waterloo; spoke at a Fayette and Buchanan County Democratic reception at the Sportsman restaurant in Oelwein; and spoke at a reception for state Rep. Brian Quirk at Kolby's Dine and Stein in New Hampton. =2 visits, 3 days.
Four candidates attended the 4th Annual Vilsack-Pederson
Family Picnic at Old Threshers Park in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa on June
-Sen. Graham visited Iowa on June 7-8, 2003. On June 7 in Council Bluffs he attended a "Truman Fund" fundraiser at the home of Mike Gronstal; attended a Tom Harkin reception and then did the "Hear it from the Heartland" forum, followed by a media availability at Iowa Western Community College; and attended a Truman Fund fundraiser at Robert and Miriam Patterson's home in Ames. On June 8 he attended the 4th Annual Vilsack/Pederson Family Picnic at the Old Threshers Grounds in Mt. Pleasant, then did activist meetings at the Java House in Iowa City and at Renaldo's Restaurant in Cedar Rapids.
-Rep. Kucinich visited Iowa on June 6-8,
-Sen. Lieberman visited Iowa on June 8, 2003. He attended the Governor's Picnic in Mt. Pleasant and officially opened his campaign office at 2605 Ingersoll Avenue in Des Moines.
-Rep. Kucinich visited Iowa on June 1, 2003, announcing his agriculture and rural policy. He visited the Paul and Phyllis Willis Farm (Niman Ranch of Iowa Producers) in Thornton; met with local Democrats and family farm advocates at the HyVee Deli in Webster City; and visited the Joe Lynch Farm in Ames.
M A Y (20 visits - 35 candidate days)
-Sen. Kerry visited Iowa on May 29-30, 2003. On May 29 in Sioux City he discussed national service at the VFW post; attended a Sioux City Truman Club reception at the home of former state Sen. Steve Hanson; and attended a Sioux City Democratic reception at the Sanford Community Center. On the morning of May 30 he made remarks on veterans prescription drug legislation with Rep. Leonard Boswell at the Beaverdale VFW in Des Moines; in the late afternoon he attend an Ottumwa Democratic reception at the VFW hall in Ottumwa; and attended a Burlington Democratic reception at the Port of Burlington Welcome Center in Burlington.
-Sen. Lieberman visited eastern Iowa on May 25-26, 2003. Starting early afternoon on May 25, he attended a reception with Scott County Democrats at the Isle of Capri Resort in Bettendorf; made an impromptu stop at the Dairy Queen in Dubuque; and attended a reception with Dubuque County Democrats at the home of state Rep. Pat Murphy in Dubuque. On May 26 he breakfasted with veterans at American Veteran Post 49 in Cedar Falls; met with Waterloo and Cedar Falls firefighters at Cedar Falls Fire Station; attended a reception with Black Hawk County Democrats at a private residence in Waterloo; and attended a reception with Linn County Democrats at the home of Fred and Muriel Rogers in Cedar Rapids.
-Gov. Dean visited Iowa on May 23-24, 2003. On May 23 he met with leaders from Iowa Building and Construction Trades at IBEW Local 347 Hall in Des Moines; participated in a health care roundtable at Mason City Public Library in Mason City; and attended a reception with North Iowa Democrats at the home of Ed and Estelle Gabel in Mason City. On the morning of May 24 he joined Story County Democrats for coffee at Café Diem in Ames.
-Sen. Edwards presented his agenda for rural America in a policy address at the Biomass Energy Conversion (BECON) center in Nevada, Iowa on May 21, 2003.
Seven candidates were in Iowa
on May 17, 2003 for the AFSCME town hall meeting at the Polk County
Convention Complex in Des Moines.
-Sen. Edwards visited Iowa on May 17, 2003. He participated in the AFSCME town hall meeting; met with Democratic activists at Hotel Ottumwa in Ottumwa; was the featured guest at a fundraiser for state Sen. Gene Fraise at the home of Tracy and Janet Vance in Fort Madison; and met with Democratic activists at UAW Local 807 Hall in Burlington.
-Rep. Gephardt visited
on May 16-19, 2003.
-Sen. Graham visited Iowa on May 16-17 and May 18, 2003. On the evening of May 16 he attended the AFSCME reception at the Polk County Convention Complex. On May 17 he spoke at the AFSCME town hall meeting, and attended the ISEA meeting at Adventureland Inn in Altoona. He then proceded to events in Nebraska, returning on the morning of May 18 for breakfast at the home of Greg and Linda Steensland in Council Bluffs. =2 visits, 3 days.
-Rep. Kucinich visited Iowa on May 16-17,
-Amb. Moseley Braun visited Des Moines, Iowa on May 16-17, 2003. On the evening of May 16 she attended the AFSCME reception at the Polk County Convention Complex. On May 17 she participated in the AFSCME town hall meeting.
-Sen. Kerry visited Iowa on May 14 and 16, 2003. On the evening of May 14 he attended a Democratic reception at The Pizza King in Council Bluffs. However, the planned schedule for May 15-16 was scrapped when a critical vote on tax cuts in the Senate prompted him to return to Washington, DC on May 15. He returned and on May 16 in Des Moines he toured Mercy Medical Center and delivered a major health care speech at Holiday Inn Mercy Campus; did private meetings; and attended the AFSCME reception at the Polk County Convention Complex. [Kerry participated in the AFSCME town meeting on May 17 via satellite from New Hampshire]. =2 visits, 2 days.
-Rev. Sharpton participated in the AFSCME town meeting in Des Moines, Iowa on May 17, 2003.
-Sen. Lieberman visited Iowa on May 11-12, 2003. On May 11 in Des Moines he attended a Mother's Day brunch at Beth El Jacob Synagogue. (A planned lunch with his mother at Latin King Restaurant was cancelled). Proceeding to Ames, he met with his mother, Marcia Lieberman; attended a reception with Story County Democrats at the home of Pat Brown; and had dinner with a small group of undecideds at Centro, an Italian restaurant in Des Moines. He overnighted in Des Moines and attended a morning reception with Polk County Democrats at Hotel Fort Des Moines.
-Sen. Graham visited Des Moines, Iowa on May 10-11, 2003. On the evening of May 10 he attended the Polk County Democrats Reception and Dinner at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. On May 11 he worked the lunch shift busing tables at the Drake Diner.
-Rep. Kucinich visited Iowa for a full day on May 10, 2003. He met with Waterloo area labor leaders at the Ramada Inn in Waterloo; participated in the National Association of Letter Carriers food drive in Waterloo; toured large factory hog farms (Confined Animal Feeding Operations) in the Ellsworth area with family farmer Kevin Miskell; held a discussion with Iowa farmers at Happy Chef in Story City; spoke to the Painters Union District Council meeting in Ankeny; celebrated the grand opening of the campaign's Iowa headquarters at 3407 Ingersoll in Des Moines; appeared at the Polk County Democrats fundraiser at the Iowa State Fairgrounds; called in to the 5th CD "Give Em Hell Harry" party in Council Bluffs; and wrapped up the trip with a reception at the home of John and Nancy Turner in Des Moines.
-Gov. Dean visited Iowa on May 9-10, 2003. Starting late afternoon on May 9 he attended a reception with Hamilton County Democrats at The Country Kitchen in Webster City; and then attended a reception with Webster County Democrats at Marvin Gardens in Fort Dodge. On May 10 he breakfasted with Greene County Democrats at Uptown Café in Jefferson; spoke at the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council meeting in Ankeny; and appeared at the Polk County Democrats fundraiser at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.
-Sen. Kerry visited Iowa on May 9, 2003. He met with labor leaders in Des Moines; attended a Perry Democratic activist reception at Hotel Pattee in Perry, and the Story County Big Band Swing Fling dinner at Gates Memorial Hall in Nevada.
-Rep. Kucinich visited eastern Iowa on the afternoon and evening of May 5, 2003. In Davenport he had lunch with labor leaders, organized by Jerry Messer, president of the Quad Cities Federation of Labor, at 7250 Northwest Boulevard; lunch with Quad Cities Latino community leaders at Ganzo's Tacos; addressed the Iowa Postal Workers Convention at Radisson Hotel; visited the peace camp at University of Iowa; and attended a Rally for Jobs and Justice at Cereal Workers Local 110 at 526 F Ave. NW in Cedar Rapids.
A P R I L (10 candidate visits - 22 candidate days) includes Sen. Hart: 1 visit - 2 days.
-Gov. Dean visited Iowa
on April 25-27, 2003.
-Sen. Edwards visited eastern Iowa for a full day on April 17, 2003. Starting early in the morning, he had breakfast with Democratic activists at the Ramada Inn in Waterloo; met with Democratic activists at Breezy's Cafe in Dubuque; had lunch with Scott County Democrats and labor leaders at the Iowa Machine Shed Restaurant in Davenport; met with Clinton County Democratic activists at Clinton Community College; spoke at the University of Iowa College of Law in Iowa City; and in the evening he attended a Linn County Phoenix Club fundraiser at the home of John and Diane Riccolo in Cedar Rapids.
-Rep. Kucinich visited
on April 12-13, 2003.
-Gov. Dean visited
on April 11-12, 2003.
-Rep. Gephardt visited Iowa on April
-Sen. Lieberman visited Iowa on April 10-11, 2003. Arriving in Des Moines mid-day, he met privately with the DLC caucus; met with South Des Moines community leaders; and met privately with Attorney General Tom Miller. He traveled to Council Bluffs, where he attended a meet and greet reception at the home of Paul Shomshor. He then traveled to Fort Dodge. On the morning of April 11 he attended an activists breakfast at Fort Dodge Public Library in Fort Dodge and met with firefighters at the Fort Dodge Fire Department.
-Sen. Hart visited Iowa on April 8-9, 2003. On April 8 he did a lunch with Linn County Democratic activists at Reynaldo's Restaurant in Cedar Rapids; met with the editorial staff of the Cedar Rapids Gazette; met with local labor officials (IBEW); and did media interviews. Proceeding to Iowa City he met with Johnson County Democratic activists and spoke on the Iraq War at the University of Iowa. In the evening he had dinner with Pat Walton, Karen Fitzsimmons, etc at the Davenport Radisson Hotel. On April 9 he breakfasted with Scott County Democratic activists at Country Kitchen in Davenport and did an interview at the Quad City Times with Ed Tibbits.
-Sen. Kerry visited Iowa on April 6-8,
-Sen. Edwards visited Des Moines,
6-7, 2003 . In the late afternoon on April 6 he participated
in the first "Hear it from the Heartland" forum with Sen. Tom Harkin at
the Iowa State Historical Building. On the morning of April 7 he
addressed the 21st Century Forum, a group of young professionals, in the
Cub Club at Sec Taylor Stadium.
M A R C H (8 candidate visits - 14 candidate days)
Gov. Dean visited Des Moines, Iowa on March 23-24, 2003. On the afternoon of March 23 he spoke at the UAW Legislative Conference at the Best Western Starlite in Des Moines. On March 24 he toured the Central Iowa Center for Independent Living; met with employees of the Parent Training and Information Center and Legal Center for Special Education; did a meet and greet in the Iowa State Capitol; and spoke at the House and Senate Democratic Caucuses, also in the State Capitol.
Rep. Kucinich visited Iowa on March 23-24,
2003. On March 23 in Des Moines he spoke at the UAW CAP
conference at the Best Western Starlite; met with state and local elected
officials; met with Communications Workers of America at the Bank of America
building on Aurora Ave; held a town hall meeting "Where do we go from here?"
at Trinity United Methodist Church; and attended a house party hosted by
Rep. Gephardt made a brief visit to Des Moines, Iowa on March 23, 2003; he addressed the Iowa UAW annual conference at Best Western Starlite and held a press availability.
Rep. Gephardt visited Iowa on March 9, 2003. He met with Truman Club-Woodbury County Democrats for a breakfast hosted by Virginia Hood at the home of Chris Jensen and Beth Harms in Sioux City; attended a reception for Monona and Harrison County Democrats hosted by Monona County chair Dennis Ryan at the Onawa Community and Recreation Center in Onawa; and attended a reception with Shelby, Crawford, Cass and Audubon County Democrats hosted by Donna Clothier at her home in Harlan.
Sen. Kerry visited Des Moines, Iowa on March 8, 2003. He met privately with central Iowa Latino leaders, and with supporters, and delivered the keynote address at the Drake Law School’s annual Supreme Court Celebration banquet at the downtown Marriott.
Rep. Kucinich visited Iowa on March 7-9,
Gov. Dean visited Iowa on March 7-8, 2003. On March 7 he taped "Iowa Press" at the Iowa Public Television Studios in Johnston; did a meet and greet luncheon with Iowa County Democrats at Ox Yoke Inn in Amana; and a meet and greet coffee with Benton County Democrats at 218 Café in Vinton. On March 8, he toured the Osterhaus Pharmacy in Maquoketa, did a meet and greet with Jackson County Democrats at Decker House in Maquoketa; did a meet and greet with Dubuque County Democrats at Bricktown Restaurant in Dubuque; and attended the 1st District Central Committee meeting at the Country Junction Restaurant in Dyersville.
F E B R U A R Y (8 candidate visits - 18 candidate days)
Sen. Edwards visited Iowa on February 17-18, 2003. On February 17 he had lunch with seniors at Elsie Mason Manor in Des Moines; addressed the Inner City Community Alliance at the Willkie House in Des Moines; spoke at the Iowa Federation of Labor's Annual Legislative Conference at Adventureland Inn in Altoona; and stopped in at the Warren County Off-Year Caucus event at Indianola Masonic Temple. On February 18 he attended a breakfast reception with Linn County activists at Coopers Mill Restaurant (in the Best Western Hotel) in Cedar Rapids.
Gov. Dean visited Iowa on February 17, 2003. He made a foreign policy speech at Drake University's Olmsted Center in Des Moines; spoke at the Iowa Federation of Labor's Annual Legislative Conference at Adventureland Inn in Altoona; and attended the Warren County Off-Year Caucus at Indianola Masonic Temple.
Sen. Lieberman made his first trip to Iowa as a presidential candidate on February 16-17, 2003. He arrived on the evening of February 16. On February 17 he ate breakfast with Attorney General Tom Miller at Drake Diner in Des Moines; met privately with activists at the Des Moines Marriott; met privately with Gov. Tom Vilsack at the State Capitol then held a press availability; addressed the House Caucus; addressed the Senate Caucus; and spoke at the Iowa Federation of Labor's Annual Legislative Conference at Adventureland Inn in Altoona.
Rep. Kucinich visited Iowa from February
Amb. Moseley-Braun spoke at an event sponsored by American Women Presidents, a political action committee, at Hotel Fort Des Moines in Des Moines, Iowa on February 15, 2003. (First stop of a three-state tour--NH on Feb. 16 and SC on Feb. 17). This event occurred during the big President's Day weekend snow storm; according to the Des Moines Register's Thomas Beaumont, it attracted exactly one person, in addition to media and organizers.
Rev. Sharpton visited Iowa on February 10-11, 2003. On February 10 he met with party officials and labor leaders, spoke to students at DMACC in Des Moines and attended a rally at Union Baptist Church.
Gov. Dean visited Iowa on February 8-10,
J A N U A R Y (4 candidate visits - 6 candidate days) includes Sen. Hart: 1 visit - 1 day.
Gov. Dean visited Iowa onJanuary 18-19, 2003. In the morning he appeared at events in Des Moines: the Iowa Pharmacy Association's political breakfast at the Marriott Hotel; a Democratic Women Activists Network (DAWN) meeting at the home of DAWN president Marty Anderson; the Iowa Democratic Party state committee meeting at the Iowa Democratic Party offices; and he met with members of education community at Noah's Ark. Early in the afternoon he met with Democrats at Midtown Café in Newton. In the evening he spoke at the Linn County Democratic Sustaining Club Banquet at the Prairie Hill Pavilion in Marion. On January 19 he met with Linn County Democrats at Gwen's Restaurant in Lisbon and met with Mt. Vernon Democrats at Lincoln Café in Mt. Vernon.
Sen. Kerry visited Iowa on January 18-19, 2003. On January 18, he started the day in Des Moines with a breakfast with reporters at Hotel Fort Des Moines and a breakfast with activists at Centro. He did an activists lunch at the home of Nancy Swisher, Gary Smith, and Sarah Swisher in Iowa City, and in the evening to spoke at the Linn County Democratic Sustaining Club Banquet at the Prairie Hill Pavilion in Marion. Kerry overnighted in Dubuque; on January 19 in Dubuque he attended services at St. Joseph the Worker Church and then an activists luncheon at the home of Teri and John Goodman.
Rep. Gephardt visited Iowa on January
18, 2003. He appeared at the Iowa Democratic Party state committee
meeting at the Iowa Democratic Party offices in Des Moines, and in the
evening he spok at the Linn County Democratic Sustaining Club Banquet at
the Prairie Hill Pavilion in Marion.
Copyright © 2001, 2002, 2003 Eric M. Appleman/Democracy in Action.