Radio Iowa: McCain: skip Iowa?
Excerpted from this post at Radio Iowa
Back in 1999, the Straight Talk Express bypassed Iowa and went
straight to New Hampshire, where Arizona Senator John McCain secured a
victory over George W. Bush. South Carolina was a different matter,
for a variety of much-reported reasons. Now, eight years later, McCain
has been to Iowa a few times and has repeatedly said he's competing
for votes in the Iowa Caucuses (to be held this December or January,
but that's a different story). McCain's slogged through town hall
meetings in Iowa and had assembled a staff in Iowa to organize
precinct by precinct. Then, last week McCain laid off about half of
that Iowa campaign staff. Now, the rumors are circling that McCain
will skip Iowa again in order to conserve his scarce resources.
Dave Roederer, McCain's Iowa campaign chairman, offers his views on
the "skip Iowa" scenario in this Radio Iowa story.