The Iowa Caucuses And The Des Moines Register’s Endorsements

In its Sunday edition, the Des Moines Register, Iowa’s most influential newspaper, endorsed Elizabeth Warren for president the Feb. 3rd Democratic caucuses, calling her “the best leader for these times”:

Unifying the country may not be possible, but to gain the support required to govern, she must show that her vision will lift people up rather than divide them.

Warren’s competence, respect for others and status as the nation’s first female president would be a fitting response to the ignorance, sexism and xenophobia of the Trump Oval Office.

She is a thinker, a policy wonk and a hard worker. She remembers her own family’s struggles to make ends meet and her own desperation as a working mother needing child care.

She cares about people, and she will use her seemingly endless energy and passion to fight for them.

At this moment, when the very fabric of American life is at stake, Elizabeth Warren is the president this nation needs.

But as influential as the paper is, it doesn’t have an especially strong track record in endorsing the eventual caucus winners … or the nominees themselves.  Here’s a history of the Register‘s record in Iowa Democratic caucus endorsements:

2016:  Hillary Clinton (caucus winner:  Clinton; nominee:  Clinton)

2008:  Hillary Clinton (caucus winner:  Barack Obama; nominee:  Obama)

2004:  John Edwards (caucus winner:  John Kerry; nominee:  Kerry)

2000:  Bill Bradley (caucus winner:  Al Gore; nominee:  Gore)

1988:  Paul Simon (caucus winner:  Dick Gephardt; nominee:  Michael Dukakis)

 

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