October 13th, 2007
02:00 PM ET
12 years ago

Iowa House members and Iraq vets endorse lower tier

Biden and Dodd both received Iowa endorsements this week.

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - Sen. Joe Biden and Sen. Chris Dodd both
received boosts this week from the only two Iowa House Democrats who have served in Iraq.

On Friday, state Rep. Ray Zirkelbach said in a statement that he's backing Dodd for president because of the Connecticut Democrat's "clarity and leadership on working to end the war."

Zirkelbach, a sargeant in the Iowa National Guard, returned from Iraq in August. He is also a Purple Heart recipient.

On Thursday state Rep. McKinley Bailey, who at age 26 is also the youngest serving Democrat in the Iowa state legislature, chose to endorse the Delaware Democrat.

"When I first learned of Sen. Biden's plan, I realized that was the ticket, a political solution, not a military one," Bailey said in a statement. Bailey served in the U.S. Army in Iraq in the 313th Military Intelligence Battalion as part of the 82nd Airborne Division.

In recent polls, Dodd and Biden have consistently been in the single digits.

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Filed under: Chris Dodd • Iowa • Joe Biden • Race to '08
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Tina Wilms -- Cleveland, OH

    while the media has been obsessed with the petty bickering of obama and hilary, these two guys have consistently put forth real plans that constitute real change from the status quo. i personallly support biden - and encourage everybody to look at his plan for iraq online - but dodd and richardson have very tenable, very smart positions.

    October 13, 2007 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  2. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Hillary should consult with these two – she should ask them about what it feels like to have single digits....as when she goes against anyone who is not a socialist....thats exactly where she will be....

    October 13, 2007 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  3. erika morgan black dimond wa

    Are we going to allow the media to push us away from the better candidates with the saner plan just because the top tier has more name recognition? I thought the media was supposed to inform us of our real choice.

    October 14, 2007 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  4. Luke, Watertown, MA

    I agree with Tina above–Dodd and Biden have been quietly churning out some very intelligent measures in the Senate that are being overshadowed by the unsubstantial proposals being thrown around by Clinton and Obama.

    Anyone remember Senator Dodd's American infrastructure and roadways bill that was introduced in the Senate a few hours before the Minneapolis bridge collapse?

    October 14, 2007 11:44 am at 11:44 am |