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News Analysis: Sen. Barack Obama's visit to Iowa

posted on May 19, 2008 at 5:23 PM

Yeager: Now, immigration was a large issue during campaigns the last couple of cycles. It hasn't really been a big part of the United States Presidential race, which we're about to see come to Iowa again. Do we think -- tomorrow Senator Barack Obama is planning to make a trip back to Des Moines. Do we anticipate that there will be any questions being allowed to be given to him about immigration since it's such a big topic in Iowa right now?

Pitt: Well, it's my understanding that the appearance that he's going to make is going to be a large appearance. They have set it up outdoors on a street, they're going to close down a street in the East Village, the east part of downtown Des Moines near the state capitol. So, they're going to be looking at a lot of people there. I don't know if there's going to be a press availability there, if he'll make himself available. Mike Glover, who is with the Associated Press, political reporter has been traveling with the Obama campaign for a while now and obviously will come back to Iowa with him.

Yeager: Why is he coming back to Iowa?

Pitt: Well, he's coming back to Iowa -- I think he believes as of tomorrow, at the end of the day tomorrow after Kentucky and Oregon primaries that he will have reached the majority of the delegates, the pledged national convention delegates. And so I think Obama is using that as an opportunity to say, okay, I've got most of the delegates, Hillary Clinton can't catch up with me and so it's time for me to begin. And he's been doing this for about a week now, you know, thrusting his campaign into that, you know, the battle with John McCain and the general election.

Yeager: Pretty much ignoring Senator Clinton, not really mentioning her, attacking her or anything like that, that had been going on in previous days.

Pitt: Right and she basically said today, you know, that he's getting ahead of himself. She's still fighting for delegates and super delegates and hopes to get a couple of states that were tossed out of the process to be seated at the Democratic convention. So, she's not calling it quits yet but he's basically saying she can't catch up with me and I'm going ahead.

Yeager: And Senator John McCain was here just the last 10 to 15 days so obviously Iowa, again, a swing state.


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