October 9, 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney showed his softer side and President Obama got to his points more quickly in Tuesday appearances on the campaign trail. Romney was in Iowa; Obama, in Ohio.
Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins, right, faces a retention vote Nov. 6.
September 26, 2012 A battle is under way in Iowa over whether a state Supreme Court justice can keep his job. Critics have launched an all-out campaign to throw him off the bench because of his ruling three years ago clearing the way for same-sex marriage. The judge's supporters are fighting back, in a fashion.
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Rep. Paul Ryan, who has been chosen by Mitt Romney to be his running mate on the GOP ticket, greeting supporters Sunday in his home state of Wisconsin. Ryan will be in Iowa today.
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August 13, 2012 With Rep. Paul Ryan now installed as Mitt Romney's choice for running mate, the contests shifts to a higher gear. And Iowa is again where the contenders are focusing. Both Ryan and President Obama will be there today.
August 9, 2012 The president supports extending the credit that's due to expire at the end of the year. His GOP rival does not. Their positions may have consequences in two battleground states: Iowa and Colorado.
President Obama meets with Jason and Ali McLaughlin and their son, Cooper, while visiting their home in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
July 10, 2012 President Obama is in Iowa pushing his plan to extend tax cuts to the middle class — but not the wealthiest Americans. Mitt Romney is in Colorado accusing Obama of outsourcing jobs. Both states are up for grabs this November.
May 25, 2012 President Obama rhetorically hit Mitt Romney, the all-but-official Republican presidential nominee, with a little barnyard humor. He accused the former Massachusetts governor of not only lying about his record as president but Romney's also.
President Obama tours Conveyor Engineering and Manufacturing in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Wednesday.
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January 25, 2012 President Obama kicked off a three-day re-election road tour Wednesday, starting out at a manufacturing plant in Iowa. The president is promoting job growth in the manufacturing industry while defending the government's bailout of the auto industry.
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Mitt Romney greets supporters at a rally at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C., on Wednesday.
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January 19, 2012 Declaring a virtual tie in the Iowa caucuses might not help Rick Santorum, but it could hurt Mitt Romney. Still, his closest rival in South Carolina — Newt Gingrich — faces new troubles of his own.
Mitt Romney campaign headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa, Dec. 30, 2011
January 3, 2012 You might expect grandeur from a political campaign, but here's what they really look like.
January 2, 2012 The focus is naturally on the Republican caucuses Tuesday night in Iowa, because the GOP is the party with a battle going on for its presidential nomination. But the Obama campaign is treating the Democratic caucuses as a dry run for the election.
December 31, 2011 This moment in the presidential campaign sun for Santorum feels like it could be very brief indeed. It's just difficult to see how he would sustain his momentum coming out of Iowa, assuming he wins there.
December 20, 2011 Rick Santorum received the personal endorsements of two leaders of Iowa's Christian conservatives, The Family Leader's CEO Bob Vander Plaats and Chuck Hurley, president of Iowa Family Policy Center Action, The Family Leader's educational arm.
December 15, 2011 Iowa's popular Gov. Terry Branstad hasn't endorsed any of the Republican presidential candidates crisscrossing his state yet. Still, Branstad will eventually be endorsing someone after the Jan. 3 caucuses. As he told All Things Considered co-host Melissa Block Thursday: "I want to work to help unite the party behind the winner of the nomination process."
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December 5, 2011 Newt Gingrich's first Iowa ad is up and the obvious goal is to portray the former speaker as less the disputatious bomb thrower and more the softer, gentler Reaganesque statesman.
Republican presidential candidates at the "Thanksgiving Family Forum" in Des Moines on Nov. 19, 2011.
November 19, 2011 Six GOP presidential candidates vying for the support of social conservatives took part in a wide-ranging forum that featured discussion over abortion, gay marriage and the role of religion in public life. But notably absent was former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who declined the invitation.
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