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Trump to Iowa: “I’m gonna win”

  • 3:50 pm Sunday, January 31st, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

From Council Bluffs, Iowa –

Starting his final full day of campaign stops, Donald Trump came to a middle school in this city on the banks of the Missouri River and urged voters to send a message that will be heard not only in Iowa but across the nation on Monday night.

“I backed McCain, it didn’t work. I backed Romney, it didn’t work,” Trump said.

“This time, I said, let’s do it ourselves and get it done,” Trump said to cheers.

“I’m gonna win, I’m gonna win,” he added triumphantly at one point.

While Trump was a Gerald W. Kirn Middle [More]

Notes from Iowa, Part 5

  • 8:17 am Sunday, January 31st, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

From Ames, Iowa –

The pace of campaigning picked up on Saturday, as did the number of miles on my rental car, as candidates and reporters barnstormed their way around Iowa, searching for clues to who might win in Monday night’s first caucus in the 2016 election.

The day began with a sudden realization that I had misjudged how long it would take to get to my first event, leading me to suddenly rush out the front door of the hotel to get into my rental car.

That was sort of an omen for the rest of the day, where I was [More]

Notes from Iowa, Part 4

  • 8:41 am Saturday, January 30th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

From Davenport, Iowa –

After spending a day pinned down in Des Moines by the GOP debate and a last-minute Donald Trump event, Friday was a day for getting out into Iowa and seeing the candidates working this state for votes, with just a few days left until the Iowa Caucus on Monday night.

“Last night was a lot of fun,” Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey told a crowd of supporters and volunteers, as he urged them to do all they could to be ready to answer the question of – why Christie?

“I would hope what you would say [More]

“Top Secret” Clinton emails withheld days before Iowa Caucus

  • 6:00 pm Friday, January 29th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

From Davenport, Iowa –

As Hillary Clinton arrived in this Mississippi River town for a Friday evening rally with her husband, the former President, a new controversy had erupted over the release of emails she wrote while Secretary of State, as the State Department said almost two dozen emails would never be released because they contained “Top Secret” information.

The news, first reported by the Associated Press, seemed likely to spur fresh interest in the email story, just days before the Iowa Caucus.

A spokesman for Hillary Clinton’s campaign frowned on the news from the State Department, saying federal officials had wrongly [More]

Notes from Iowa, Part 3

  • 8:27 am Friday, January 29th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

Thursday was sort of a different day to be a political reporter in Iowa, mainly because the campaign trail led directly to the dueling events in Des Moines involving Donald Trump and the rest of the Republican field, as it was almost a day off from the grind of the campaign trail travel that will dominate the final weekend of campaigning in the Hawkeye State.

So here’s another peek behind the scenes in Iowa.

+ With a few hours to burn before the start of both the debate and the Trump event, I spent most of my time trying to figure out [More]

Iowa goes split screen for GOP

  • 11:12 pm Thursday, January 28th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

From Des Moines, Iowa –

In dueling political events in Iowa’s capital, Donald Trump and other other Republicans sought the support of Iowa voters just days before the first votes are cast in the race for President.

Trump boycotted the final GOP debate before the Iowa Caucus, instead hosting a rally dedicated to raising money to help military veterans, as the GOP leader shrugged off questions about whether he would be hurt by the move.

“Will I get more votes, will I get less votes,” Trump said. “Who the hell knows?”

Barely two miles away, the GOP debate began with several shots [More]

Notes from Iowa, Part 2

  • 8:56 am Thursday, January 28th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

From Des Moines, Iowa –

The campaign trail is always filled with clues, reminders and familiar situations, and Wednesday in Iowa was no different as I watched Hillary Clinton speak at a bowling alley, Marco Rubio at a brew pub and Ted Cruz rallying with supporters in a familiar dash across the Hawkeye State.

When I arrived in Adel, Iowa – to the West of Des Moines in Dallas County – the line of Hillary Clinton supporters was stretched outside, as bowling alley owner Bryce Smith excitedly introduced Clinton to local voters.

That was just the start of my day. Here [More]

Trump takes flak over decision to skip debate

  • 10:56 pm Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

From Des Moines, Iowa –

Following through on his threat to boycott a debate sponsored by Fox News, Donald Trump will instead lead an election rally just a few miles from the GOP debate site in Des Moines, as Trump’s opponents skewered the GOP frontrunner just days before Iowans voted in this first caucus state.

“You know, Donald is a fragile soul,” said Ted Cruz to a crowd of supporters, who cheered on his jabs over Trump’s debate decision.

“Apparently Mr. Trump considers Megyn Kelly very, very, scary,” Cruz said with mock concern, much to the delight of a rally in West [More]

Clinton urges on backers in Iowa

  • 4:31 pm Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

From Adel, Iowa –

Amid concerns about her standing in the polls, Hillary Clinton on Wednesday urged voters in a small Iowa town to stick with her and turn out in big numbers on Monday night, when voters in the Hawkeye State take the first step on the road for the Democratic Party nomination for President.

“I am asking all of you to go to the caucus Monday night, because if you stand up for me then, I will stand up for you,” Clinton said at a rally in a bowling alley in Adel, Iowa.

“You get the first chance to speak [More]

Notes from Iowa, Part 1

  • 2:00 am Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

From Des Moines, Iowa

It wasn’t hard to figure out which plane was going to Iowa on Tuesday from Washington, D.C., as the waiting area at the airport gate was jammed with radio, television and newspaper reporters, TV cameramen and women, newspaper photographers, big shot anchors and more.

It was almost like we had our own Press Charter.

Those dynamics weren’t known to the flight crew when we piled onto the plane with all of our gear, as the heckling soon began while watching two cameramen friends of mine struggle to get their stuff in the overhead bins.

“Hey! Hurry up!” I yelled in [More]