The Iowa Caucus

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For more than 40 years, Iowa has held the first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses. A vibrant political culture has emerged as a result of this role, and Iowa voters have a unique opportunity to get to know the nation's presidential candidates as they travel the state, attend small-group meetings, and hone their messages. Candidates come to Iowa—where "retail politics" is the name of the game—early and often. But the campaign trail in Iowa isn't just about candidates. It's about average Americans in small-town diners, church basements, and high school gyms. In an age of public cynicism about politics, the Iowa caucuses continue to demonstrate the importance of real people talking about issues with would-be presidents.
ISBN: 9781467115834
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Iowa
Series: Images of Modern America
Images: 200
Pages: 96
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
A professor of political science, Rachel Paine Caufield has led Drake University's Iowa Caucus Project since 2004. In this role, she has organized candidate visits, national presidential debates, and student opportunities over the past four campaign cycles. Get to know the personal connections and community events that define Iowa's special place in the political life of the nation with images from personal collections and media archives.
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