No Tea Leaf Reading for Harkin, 'But What a Campaign!'
By Jose Antonio Vargas
DES MOINES -- Tom Harkin, the Hawkeye State's junior senator, knows these caucuses. One of Iowa's favorite native sons, Harkin easily won the caucuses during his unsuccessful 1992 White House bid.
But he offers no predictions on what will happen tonight.
"I don't know," Harkin told The Trail yesterday, sitting at the Village Bean Cafe in this city's hip East Village neighborhood. "I honest to God don't know. But what a campaign!"
Four years ago, Harkin endorsed Howard Dean, then the front-runner for the Democratic nomination. He didn't endorse a candidate this time, though his wife Ruth is supporting Sen. Hillary Clinton. Harkin's popular in the state-- twice, Iowans interrupted the interview to chat with their senator -- and his annual Harkin Steak Fry was one event that ignited interest Sen. Barack Obama's presidential run. Obama headlined Harkin's event just two summers ago.
"What's true this year may not be four years ago," Harkin said. "There's a scenario I can envision: If there's no clear winner in Iowa, then they go to New Hampshire. If there's still no clear winner, then they hit Super Tuesday. But what if no clear winner comes out of those states? Then all the other states that didn't bunch up, all of a sudden they become very important."
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January 3, 2008; 10:16 AM ET
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