Democratic Presidential Campaign Revs Into High Gear for Iowa Caucus

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 6, 2004   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Democratic Presidential Campaign Revs Into High Gear for Iowa Caucus

by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 6, 2004

Des Moines, IA ( — The Democratic presidential campaigns are revving into high gear as they prepare for the first battle of the primary election that is only weeks away.

Pro-abortion candidate Howard Dean, a former Vermont governor, is expected to receive the endorsement of the other major Democratic presidential contender from 2000 — Bill Bradley. The endorsement of the pro-abortion ex-New Jersey senator will give the Dean campaign another big boost at a time when Dean is running away from the pack.

Dean will appear with Bradley at campaign events in Iowa and New Hampshire on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Wesley Clark, the pro-abortion former general, is outpacing everyone but Dean in terms of purchasing campaign advertising.

Since he will not run in the Iowa caucuses, Clark can focus his money on New Hampshire and the plethora of states that follow in weeks afterwards. Most of Clark’s advertising, including nearly $5 million in New Hampshire commercials, are autobiographical rather than focusing on specific issues.

Clark is currently on the air in more states than any other Democratic presidential candidate.

In Iowa, two of the state’s leading political figures are hedging on whether or not they will endorse one of the candidates.

Pro-abortion Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), who previously indicated he would not back a candidate in the caucus, has said he may make an endorsement after all.

Harkin has spoken with most of the candidates and held policy forums throughout the state to discussing various political issues. A Harkin endorsement could sway undecided voters and give one of the top contenders a boost in the polls and the benefit of some of Harkin’s grassroots organization.

Iowa’s Democratic Gov. Tom Vilsack, who is pro-abortion, confirmed he will stay neutral in the race, as he did in 2000.

Harkin endorsed Gore in 2000 and is credited with helping him stave off a strong challenge from Bradley.