October 27th, 2007
07:46 PM ET
15 years ago

Edwards tours Iowa's 99 counties - again

Edwards completed his 99-county tour of Iowa Saturday.

COULTER, Iowa (CNN) - For the second time in his life, Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards completed campaign visits to all of Iowa's 99 counties on Saturday with a stop in the city of Coulter, part of Franklin County.

"Not only have I visited all 99 counties," the former North Carolina senator said, "I've been taking questions from Iowans in all 99 counties."

Edwards also made the rounds back in 2004 during his first stab at the presidency. Saturday's stop makes him the first major presidential candidate to complete the task this election cycle.

Former Republican presidential candidate Tommy Thompson also toured all 99 counties a few months ago but has since withdrawn his name from the race.

Edwards, when asked if he expects the accomplishment to give him any kind of boost in the Hawkeye State–especially given it didn't do much for Tommy Thompson–said, "I did it last time [in 2004], and it made a difference. I finished the 99 counties last time I think about the time that I actually started to move up from nowhere, so I think it does matter to Iowans."

"It says to Iowans that you're willing to go everywhere in the state, listen to their questions [and] answer their questions, so I think it will be important."

Edwards will hold a rally in Des Moines Saturday evening to celebrate the feat.

In the latest Des Moines Register poll–taken October 1-3–Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, held an edge at 29 percent. Edwards sat at 23, with Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, close behind at 22. The poll sampled 399 likely Democratic caucusgoers and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percentage points.

- CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch

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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. PoliticalTicker@gmail.com

    99 counties to fear on the bus, 99 counties of fear... If one of those counties should happen to fall, 98 counties to fear on the bus...

    October 27, 2007 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  2. Daniel, NY

    A new New Hampshire poll has Edwards running a bit weaker in low double-digits, with Obama starting to catch up on Clinton!

    October 28, 2007 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
  3. Burizzo Salina KS

    Great Job Edwards. At least we know you can count.

    October 28, 2007 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  4. A. Thomas, New York, NY

    I came, I saw, I conquered. – Julius Caesar

    I came, I saw, I lost. – John Edwards

    October 28, 2007 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  5. A. Thomas, New York, NY

    Of all dem presidential candidates, John Edwards has visited Iowa the earliest and most. Based on his declining poll standing in Iowa, the people there are getting really sick of him, with the exception of the barber who wants his $400 hair cut.

    October 28, 2007 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  6. eris-goddess_of_discordia@yahoo.com

    "For the second time in his life, Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards completed campaign visits to all of Iowa's 99 counties on Saturday with a stop in the city of Coulter, part of Franklin County."


    AFTER ALL, WE ARE THE UNITES STATES OF AMERICA....not the United Counties of Iowa!!!!!,

    October 28, 2007 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  7. Eric Cooper, Lake Forest, CA

    Don't you Clinton warmongers have something better to do than post on a CNN blog? GO EDWARDS!

    October 28, 2007 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  8. Mark R. Fort Lauderdale FL

    It works bettter if you say

    99 counties to fear on the bus
    99 counties to fear
    if one of those counties should happen to fuss
    98 counties to fear on the bus

    October 28, 2007 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  9. Rodney Dallas, TX

    Great,99 down, 4,000 more to go....or did you forget there are other states and counties besides IOWA. Spend your time in Texas, CA, NY, and FL where the real electoral votes are.

    October 28, 2007 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  10. C. K. Justus

    John Edwards understands the plight of the poor and lower middle and I believe would be best for them as president.
    He may be worth millions now, but they were not given to him by trust funds. John Edwards worked hard and was determined to make a better life for himself than he grew up with and I beleive he will all he can to better the life of those who come from the same type of background that he did.
    I say vote for John Edwards to better America as a free society without the infringement of the governmen in our emails, phone calls, and to bring our troops home from playing nursemaid to the Iraqi government.

    October 28, 2007 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  11. Reggie , Anaheim, Ca.

    Too bad nice guys finish last in this
    Country now! King idiot wouldn't have
    a clue to help than kill for profit.

    John is really too good for America,
    as well as Kucinch, Dodd, Obama, and

    Due to our overall stupidity (lack of
    interest) aka politics we as uninformed
    Americans deserve all the nonsense aka
    the bush crime family dishes out to us!

    Impeach and Convict or stop whinning!

    October 28, 2007 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |

    you live there now.49 states and ya havent been out of Iowa.you going to be president and ya dont leave the White House your scary.I know what it is ,he's afraid hillary's coming gonna scoopp all those people up that you twisted there minds.and she sets them with the right answers.Smae with Obama he gets pissed,they tell him I support clinto he wlaks away mad.LOL

    October 28, 2007 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  13. Richard - San Diego, CA

    Good luck, Edwards! To agree with some of the other posters, it is sad that one state gets so much attention....but we are counting on Iowans to get the momentum going for Edwards, so he can deliver for the rest of the states and break the cycle of White House legacies. This country needs a fresh start, not media-coronated candidates who get by on name recognition and a slick unwillingness to lay out concrete answers on the issues! Let Hillary pretend that she's in the general election....maybe she'll find out SHE CAN'T WIN in a general election. John Edwards can and will, if Iowa and the rest of us will get behind him.

    October 29, 2007 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  14. Richard - San Diego, CA

    Hey "GOHILLARY" - I bet you give the same attention to presidential campaigns and the real issues as you do to your piss-poor spelling and punctuation. Are you a paid web-troll for the Clinton campaign? Hard to believe corporate Democrats would inspire much grassroots activism....maybe from the CEOs wanting to ship more American jobs to China. Yeah, that's what we need– more "free trade" and Clintonian triangulation on every issue. Screw the real Democrats!

    October 29, 2007 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  15. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    After reading "GOHILLARY", I guess it is true what the polls suggest, the smart college educated Democrats are for Obama and the others, well, you can "probably" figure it out.

    October 29, 2007 09:37 am at 9:37 am |