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Iowa News Analysis: Presidential Politics 2008

posted on May 13, 2008 at 10:55 AM

David Pitt of the Associated Press discusses presidential politics returning to Iowa with democrat Barack Obama posturingfor the November election.

Yeager: Let's switch to presidential politics now. Senator Barack Obama speaking like he is the nominee and it now looks like he's got his Iowa operation back in operation. What is he doing here in the state?

Pitt: I think it's a posturing issue and I think it's an issue of planning ahead and just being ready for when Hillary Clinton, if perhaps she does, if and when she drops out of the race. Over the weekend some of Barack Obama's paid campaign staff members were back in the state talking to volunteers.

I think their hope is that there were a number of people who registered as Democrats this past election cycle and I think they want to make sure that the volunteers are in place to get those people to vote for Barack Obama during the general election. So, I think they're just thinking ahead and getting ready.

Yeager: Terry McAuliffe was on the NBC program "Meet the Press" yesterday and he was talking how Iowa was really what did it for Barack Obama. Does that seem to be a fair characterization? Is that what other people are echoing?

Pitt: Well, I think so. I think it was a surprise that he took the state and that was attributed to the fact that he had great organization here and I think they want to make sure that they keep those volunteers in place and some of the people thanked volunteers for staying with him and being ready to take off through the general election cycle.

Yeager: And they have to counter because John McCain was here last week, already making a presidential appearance.

Pitt: And said he would return again.

Yeager: Iowa is a battleground state again.

Pitt: It's starting, yeah.

Yeager: David Pitt of the Associated Press, thank you as always for stopping by The Iowa Journal.



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