December 11th, 2007
07:30 PM ET
13 years ago

Could bad weather influence Iowa's Democratic caucuses?

Watch Jessica Yellin's report about weather and politics.

(CNN) - What if a bad winter storm hits Iowa on caucus night? CNN's Jessica Yellin takes a look at that question from the campaign trail in Des Moines, Iowa.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton • Iowa • John Edwards
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. mark wilkes barre pa

    DUH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 12, 2007 05:49 am at 5:49 am |
  2. Trannon, Edmond, OK

    The bad weather may affect some lackluster campaign supporters but you can bet that Ron Paul supporters will be at the voting booths!

    December 12, 2007 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  3. demwit

    It's definitely going to be harder for Hillary's old and under-educated supporters to make it to the polls..

    December 12, 2007 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  4. aj huntington ny.

    WHOA! The guy in your video is a bad example toshow people of how to shovel.Use your knees , man !

    December 12, 2007 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  5. dmw,roeland park,ks

    It would also be hard for the Obama supporter college age students. These young folks do not vote in large percentages anyway; so bad weather would compound that for them.

    December 12, 2007 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  6. Alyssa, Des Moines, Iowa

    I honestly believe that people will come out no matter what. We all know how important this election is.

    December 12, 2007 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  7. Jason, Berkeley

    I have been following reports of Yellin and Yepsen closely, and they are always spinning things in anti-Clinton direction. Common Yepsen, being a DesMoines reporter for your whole life you know better how low the younger turnout even in a clear sunny day. Are you saying that this young crowd would turn out in enthusiasm in a snowy day just to vote in a boring caucus? They would rather stay home and watch orange bowl that night.
    Older voters are the most enthusiastic when it comes to caucus. This is one of their proudest moments to be considered important. They would come no matter what.
    Watch out Clinton camp for this Yepsen guy during tomorrow’s debate. He might try to pull a Tim Russert moment with a Clinton hit job.

    December 12, 2007 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  8. josh

    No... With all the global warming going on. I think all this "winter weather" is just a set in Hollywood. I mean come on polar bears are drowning as the ice caps are melting. Do you people really believe all those people in the mid west saying they are out of power and freezing to death? I mean, that doesn't even look like real snow in the picture. You can totally tell it's fake! the Iowa caucuses will be just fine... unless of course the planet heats up too fast and everything boils or something... that will spell trouple.

    December 12, 2007 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  9. south,la.

    move people down south!!

    December 13, 2007 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  10. John, San Antonio, Texas

    I guess you could blame the bad weather on global warming... Just ask Big Al, you know the guy that invented the internet!!! My question is why didn't Al and all the high muckity muckkillings get online and have a internet conf. instead of all fling to Baili to talk about global warming, I'm sure the private jets that were flown there burned alot of fuel!!!! Wow talk about wanting to get away from using oil.... And how CO2 is killing our planet, why don't Al Gore practise what he preaches or just shut up already.

    December 13, 2007 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  11. Becky Mitchum

    Who do I contact with CNN in Des Moines with my voice from Arkansas regarding one of the most frightening things possible in all of American history: Mike Huckster as our next president?

    There are FACTS not being spoken on the radio or TV, facts about this man that Iowans (and the rest of the USA) need to know before they cast their votes! There are REASONS why you won't see banners or a bazillion lawn signs supporting Huckabee in his own home state! The Arkansas groups that do stand behind him and are campaigning for him do not represent the majority. Huckabee is a vindictive, selfish, hypocritical man who uses religion to spin on; you can't get a straight answer out of him, and when you confront him with some of the facts I can tell you about – if you don't already know (like accepting money from the TOBACCO industry, Mr. I'm So Healthy Live Like Me Huckabee! Or like registering in a BRIDAL REGISTRY so Arkansans could furnish their new home for them when they left the governor's mansion! Or like Janet going out and buying the most expensive SUV on the lot and saying "Charge it to the state police" - when Bill was governor, Hillary worked at the Rose Law Firm and drove the same old station wagon around the whole time. But not Janet! Oh no! Charge it to the state police! etc., etc.,) – when confronted with these things (and more), he will lose his southern maple syrup countenance for a few seconds until he regains his tupperware smile...and in those few seconds, you'll see the REAL Mike Huckabee: the one who will not tolerate being confronted or challenged for any reason, the one who will squint his eyes at you in unspoken disgust, the one who will feign ignorance when you corner him with the truth.

    If he becomes president of the USA, I'm tempted to move to Australia. As if being a thin-skinned, greedy, hypocritical former governor alone wouldn't make him a weak president, we need to all consider that Huckabee has NO international experience and this alone makes him woefully unqualified to wear the hat of our Commander in Chief. People need to open their voting eyes.

    Notice how his campaign keeps media attention of his wife Janet and their hefty kids at a low profile? This is a wise campaign strategy. Huckabee censors vending machines in all public schools and brags about how he represents the future health of America, but he can't even get his own family in shape. Janet looks like Barney, and all their kids look like Tele-tubbies. Picture Janet in the White House wearing her hunting camouflage and chewing tobacco? Oh ma gosh. Australia, here I come.

    December 30, 2007 12:12 am at 12:12 am |