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Friday, July 17, 2009

Iowa Political Alert: Chuck Grassley for president?

Excerpted from this post at Iowa Political Alert

In talking on the phone with Iowa State University professor and WOI
Radio "Dr. Politics" host Steffen Schmidt I couldn't see if he was
maintaining a straight face when he put forward this idea: U.S. Sen.
Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, as a presidential candidate. Schmidt, who
has been in Ames for four decades as a political science professor,
assured me he was serious, that his face was in fact straight, that he
was basing his comments on conversations with people inside the
Republican Party. "It's not a throwaway, B.S., or a joke or anything,"
Schmidt said. The GOP, Schmidt said, is in need of an "adult" who can
speak for the party without embarrassing it -- as former potential
presidential candidates Gov. Mark Sanford of South Carolina and U.S.
Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., have done in recent weeks.

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