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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Century of the Common Iowan: Why Iowa Needs to be First and How to Fix the Nominating Schedule

Excerpted from this post at Century of the Common Iowan

Iowa should not pick the next president. I don't think my opinion
should matter more than those in other states. However, I do think
Iowa and New Hampshire should go first because they are small states
that are won on the ground with retail politics. If Iowa and New
Hampshire weren't first, then Joe Biden and Chris Dodd would not be in
the race and maybe even Bill Richardson and campaigns would be won
with TV ads, large donor fundraisers, and even more mud throwing. You
don't need a ton of money to do well in Iowa, just look at Mike
Huckabee's performace at the Ames Straw Poll. Huckabee had less than
half a million dollars on hand at the end of the July. In some states,
one TV ad costs more money than Huckabee has. Huckabee is still able
to gain traction in the race because Iowa is first.

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