Weather Puts Schedules on Ice

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Winter weather is again creating a bit of a problem for politicians trying to make their way through the state in these waning weeks of the caucus season.

Democrat John Edwards missed a morning event in Clinton. Mike Huckabee cancelled scheduled events in western Iowa. As of this report Huckabee’s campaign spokesperson Eric Woolson says they are still trying to make the evening event at Drake University in Des Moines.

Several spouses of presidential hopefuls are also cancelling their events for the day because of travel conditions. Ann, wife of Republican Mitt Romney, was supposed to swing through Creston and Lamoni this afternoon. Michelle, wife of Democrat Barack Obama, had a number of stops throughout eastern Iowa. Democrat Hillary Clinton’s husband Bill also cancelled. The former president had stops in West Branch, Wapello and Burlington.

Well-known GOP strategist Mary Matalin’s trip to the state was cancelled completely. Matalin had scheduled campaign stops on behalf of Republican Fred Thompson in Cedar Rapids, Des Moines and Mason City.

The freezing rain also kept the state parties from reaching across the aisle for a joint press conference to announce caucus night plans. The Iowa Democratic Party and Republican Party of Iowa were expected to make an announcement this morning to unveil their respective party’s new caucus logo. That event, too, is not happening today.


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