Perry returns to Iowa political spotlight, hammers hard against Obama
November 7th, 2013
10:49 PM ET
6 months ago

Perry returns to Iowa political spotlight, hammers hard against Obama

(CNN) – Returning to Iowa for the first time since he campaigned in the state's Republican presidential caucuses two years ago, Texas Gov. Rick Perry delivered a blistering anti-Washington, anti-President Barack Obama address as he spoke Thursday night at a Polk County GOP dinner.

Normally known for his folksy, light-hearted demeanor, Perry instead remained largely serious as he sacked the Obama administration on a range of issues from health care law to foreign policy.
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Filed under: 2016 • Iowa • Rick Perry
Cruz pheasant hunts, bashes Obamacare in Iowa
October 26th, 2013
01:25 PM ET
6 months ago

Cruz pheasant hunts, bashes Obamacare in Iowa

(CNN) - Decked out in blaze orange and tan hunting gear with a coffee in one hand and a shotgun in the other, tea party favorite Texas Sen. Ted Cruz took his anti-Washington establishment tune to the Hawkeye state Saturday morning, pheasant hunting on opening day with GOP Rep. Steve King.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius should “absolutely” step down, Cruz said, perched at the bar at the Hole N' the Wall Lodge in Akron, Iowa, eating eggs and answering questions from journalists before the hunt.
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Filed under: Healthcare • Iowa • Steve King • Ted Cruz
Cruz hates avocado, loves video games
October 25th, 2013
12:50 PM ET
6 months ago

Cruz hates avocado, loves video games

(CNN) - Ahead of his appearance in Iowa this weekend - his third stop in the Hawkeye State this year – Sen. Ted Cruz gave a local paper some insight into the less political facets of his life, including his dream job and even his distaste for avocados.

Cruz headlines the Iowa GOP Ronald Reagan dinner in Des Moines Friday night, then goes hunting Saturday as Rep. Steve King's guest for the congressman's annual Col. Bud Day Pheasant Hunt.
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Filed under: Iowa • Ted Cruz
Poll: Iowa Democrats want 'fresh face' in '16 over experienced candidate
September 28th, 2013
10:30 PM ET
7 months ago

Poll: Iowa Democrats want 'fresh face' in '16 over experienced candidate

Washington (CNN) - Between them, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden boast almost 70 years' experience in public life. But a new poll out of Iowa indicates their deep résumés may work against them if either elects to run for president in 2016.

A Des Moines Register poll of the state's Democratic adults shows that, when asked what kind of candidate would have the best chance of winning a race for the nation's highest office, 50% said they want a "fresh face who will represent a new generation with new ideas."

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Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Iowa • Joe Biden
In Biden's Iowa visit, 2016 in the spotlight
September 15th, 2013
07:32 PM ET
7 months ago

In Biden's Iowa visit, 2016 in the spotlight

(CNN) - In his closely-watched visit to Iowa, Vice President Joe Biden delivered a campaign-style speech highlighting the Obama administration's accomplishments and painting himself with a fresh coat of the "Middle Class Joe" tint he so enthusiastically embraced in last year's presidential race.

Biden gave the keynote address at Sen. Tom Harkin's annual steak fry in Indianola for the first time since he appeared on the same stage in 2007 as a presidential candidate. Biden finished a distant fifth in the 2008 Iowa caucuses.
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Filed under: 2016 • Iowa • Joe Biden
Scott Brown heading to Scott County, Iowa
September 6th, 2013
08:58 AM ET
8 months ago

Scott Brown heading to Scott County, Iowa

(CNN) – Former Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts is heading back to Iowa this fall, adding to his calendar another stop to the important voting state for the GOP presidential nomination.

The Scott County Republican Party announced Thursday that Brown will be the featured speaker for its 2013 Ronald Reagan Dinner on November 12.
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Filed under: 2016 • Iowa • Scott Brown
Cruz, Paul, Rubio and Walker to attend Iowa gov.'s D.C. fundraiser
August 20th, 2013
05:49 PM ET
8 months ago

Cruz, Paul, Rubio and Walker to attend Iowa gov.'s D.C. fundraiser

Washington (CNN) – A quartet of Republicans said to be eyeing 2016 presidential bids will get a chance next month to see how the competition is romancing the influential governor of Iowa.

Republican Terry Branstad is hosting a fundraiser on Sept. 24 at a Washington, D.C., GOP hot spot, the Capitol Hill Club, according to an invitation obtained by CNN.
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Filed under: Iowa • Marco Rubio • Rand Paul • Scott Walker • Ted Cruz
2016 watch: Scott Brown makes a stop in Iowa
August 19th, 2013
08:03 AM ET
8 months ago

2016 watch: Scott Brown makes a stop in Iowa

(CNN) – Former Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts stopped by the Iowa state fair on Sunday for some corndogs and some beer-and, as he said, "to meet some voters."

The recently-out-of-office Republican lawmaker seems to be exploring a number of options as he moves forward after losing his Senate seat in November to now-Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat.
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Filed under: 2016 • Iowa • Scott Brown
Klobuchar talks up Iowa in Hawkeye State visit
August 16th, 2013
10:50 PM ET
8 months ago

Klobuchar talks up Iowa in Hawkeye State visit

(CNN) – Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota didn’t shy away from Iowa’s presidential politics while giving the keynote address at a fundraiser on Friday in Iowa.

“You are the state that has gained notoriety for picking the country's presidents, and we are the state - thanks to the great Hubert Humphrey and Walter Mondale - that supplied the country with vice presidents,” she said at the 10th annual North Iowa Democratic Wing-Ding in Clear Lake.
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Filed under: 2016 • Amy Klobuchar • Iowa
Howard Dean returning to Iowa
August 15th, 2013
05:47 PM ET
8 months ago

Howard Dean returning to Iowa

(CNN) – Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, who says he's open to making another bid for president, will travel next week to Iowa, a move that will surely stoke further speculation that Dean may run in 2016.

The former presidential candidate will speak Wednesday at the Iowa Federation of Labor convention, taking him back to the same state where he finished third in the 2004 Iowa caucuses and made his infamous "Dean Scream."
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Filed under: 2016 • Howard Dean • Iowa
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