Ford. Carter. Reagan. Bush. Clinton. Bush. Obama. Trump. Sound familiar? These presidents have taken office since Iowa became first in the presidential nominating process. Not all of these presidents came in first in the Iowa caucuses, but how they performed in Iowa in many cases helped propel them into the Oval Office. Tsongas. Keyes. Clark. Bradley. Babbitt. Hatch. Alexander. Any of those names ring a bell? They ran for president too, but they didn’t cut it in Iowa, and many of them dropped out in the wake of the caucuses.
The Iowa caucuses can make or break a candidate’s campaign. It’s an important responsibility, and Iowans take it seriously. From diners to coffee shops, living rooms to the state fair, candidates crisscross Iowa for a year trying to convince voters they should be the next President of the United States. Iowans get to bring their issues directly to the candidates; how presidential hopefuls respond to their hopes and fears could determine whether they get to New Hampshire, or they go home. The candidates listen and respond. Then, Iowans caucus – and what an experience it is!
Since the first candidate dropped into Iowa in January, Iowa Public Radio reporters have been gathering information, stories and context, and we’re ready to share our knowledge and insights with you. Join IPR hosts Clay Masters and Kate Payne to get a view into Iowa – into Caucus Land – and learn about the importance of the Iowa Caucuses, how they define a candidate’s campaign in other states and how Iowans shape the national political conversation.
So who will it be? Biden? Booker? Buttigieg? Gabbard? Gillibrand? Harris? Klobuchar? O’Rourke? Sanders? Warren? Someone else? 2020 starts here – whether you live in Iowa or want an insiders’ view into the candidates soon headed your way, subscribe to Caucus Land today!