Alexander in Iowa
...9 visits, 39 days
Hugh Winebrenner total is at least
79 days: 43 days in 1999 >, and 36
days from Jan.
20, 1997-Nov. 2, 1998 >.
Details of much of this travel compiled by Democracy in Action are
a press conference in Des Moines the morning after
WHO-TV's "The Iowa
Debate," Alexander endorses Gov. George W. Bush.
Announces end of his campaign in Nashville.
July 7-Aug. 14 "Homecoming
'99" bus tour designed to take Alexander into 60 counties over 23 days
to "celebrate the best in Iowa by highlight things in each community
are special or unique to that community."
The bus was actually an RV dubbed "Exceeding
Expectations." [Kochel later noted
that this was an example of the Bush money drain; instead of using a
equipped bus like Forbes, the campaign had to go out and borrow an
RV]. The tour focused on rural counties ("Bob
Dole country" …Gov. Branstad's stronghold).
[Note: This tour is counted as one
kickoff at Branstad residence in Des Moines, 6:00 p.m.
View Plaza Hotel in Ottumwa (Wapello County); All Service Clubs
lunch in Burlington (Des Moines County); Wilton Candy Kitchen--bills
the oldest ice cream parlor in the nation (Muscatine County); Vander
in Davenport (Scott County).
of Herbert Hoover Birthplace in West Branch (Cedar County); Dutch Treat
at Manatt's Conference Room in Brooklyn (Poweshiek County); house party
Corning's residence in Des Moines.
(Accompanied on July 9 stops by Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee).
Press taping; the Royal Café in Huxley (Story County); David and
residence in Boone (Boone County); Gilbert Jr. /Sr. High School Commons
County); Clarion (Wright County).
Harry's Restaurant in Council Bluffs (Pottawattamie County); AJ's
Sidney (Fremont County); Vaughn's Grill in Clarinda (Page County); ice
social hosted by Chuck Offenburger at
Depot Deli in Shennandoah (Page County) This
is where the Everly Brothers hail from.
Motor Inn Restaurant in Creston (Union County); Community Center in
County); does ABC News.Com chat; The Quilt Patch in Osceola (Clarke
Jasper County GOP picnic at Maytag Park in Newton (Jasper County).
Café in Jefferson (Greene County); Carrolton Inn in Carroll
Country Host in Sac City (Sac County); Henningson farm on Hwy 141 in
(Crawford County); house party in Ankeny (Polk County).
with supporters at American Legion in Collins (Story County); drop by
handshaking at Aunt Blanche's Attic in Ellsworth (Hamilton County);
supporters at Porter's on Main in Iowa Falls (Hamilton County); drop by
handshaking at Mercantile Bank in Humboldt (Humboldt County); dinner
supporters at Holiday Inn in Mason City (Cerro Gordo County).
with supporters at Uptown Café in Charles (Floyd County); drop
handshaking at The Bakery in Cresco (Howard County); lunch with
The Stone Hearth in Decorah (Winneshiek County); drop by at Waverly
civic center (Bremer County); social at the home of Bob High in
with supporters at Town House in West Union (Fayette
County); lunch with
supporters at Main Feature Restaurant in Waukon (Allamakee County);
Les and Mark Klink farm in Elkander (Clayton County).
with supporters at Best Western Frontier Restaurant in Clinton (Clinton
County); lunch at the Rotary Club in Eldridge (Scott
event with Chuck Offenburger at the bandshell in the town square of
(Cerro Gordo County).
with supporters at Towne House Restaurant in Rock Valley (Sioux
by for handshaking at Brownstone in Cherokee (Cherokee County); lunch
supporters at Golden Corral in Fort Dodge (Webster County); reception
of Arden and Donna Augspurger in Van Meter (Dallas County).
The campaign announces its first television
advertisement "Auction" which it says will air in Des Moines, Cedar
Rapids, Davenport and Sioux City over two weeks. Without
mentioning Bush's name, the ad uses a
humorous approach to raise the issue of big money attempting to buy the
nomination. The ad starts showing an
auction on the White House lawn and concludes with Alexander stating,
"I've been all over Iowa because the Presidency's too important to be
bought or inherited. It ought to be
earned." [Kochel: $100,000 buy on
broadcast stations in Sioux City, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and
broadcast stations, mostly news adjacencies, and some Des Moines cable
well. "It had the effect of
attracting attention to the campaign at a critical time."
by for handshaking at the CJ Diner in Columbus Junction (Louisa County)
according to the Muscatine
Journal he then went to the
Fair and bought a pig; lunch with supporters at Stever Haus Restaurant
Fairfield (Jefferson County); reception at Iris Restaurant in Mount
Chamber of Commerce breakfast at the Holiday Inn Express in Keokuk (Lee
County); lunch with supporters at Manhattan Restaurant in Centerville
(Appanoose County); drop by for handshaking at Donna's Café in
County); cookout at Dayton farm in Belle Plaine (Benton County).
Lunch reception at Mario's in
Dubuque (Dubuque County); senior citizens cruise in Dubuque; reception
Monticello (Jones County).
at Pinicon Restaurant in New Hampton (Chickasaw County); luncheon at
Bank community building in Vinton (Benton County); ice cream social at
Judy Chadima's residence in Cedar Rapids (Linn County).
in Grinnell (Poweshiek County); Pachyderm Club luncheon at the American
in Marshalltown (Marshall County); reception at Joy Corning's home in
Panorama (Guthrie County).
Republican Midwest Leadership Conference in
availability at Jetsun Aviation in Sioux City (Woodbury County); lawn
the home of Chuck and Carla Offenburger in Storm Lake (Buena Vista
agriculture tour at Iowa State University in Ames (Story County)
media availability; Iowa Cubs baseball game at Sec Taylor Stadium in
with Randy Renshaw "Open Line with Randy Renshaw" KSJC; interview
with Jan Mickelson "The Jan Mickelson Show" WHO. Greets
volunteers at campaign headquarters in
Des Moines. Alexander also made an
unpublicized visit to the Iowa State Fair.
to four hours at the Iowa State Fair: piano playing at Reiman Music
chef at the Iowa Pork Producers BBQ Tent; drop by for handshaking at
Corn Growers Tent.
presidential candidate debate at Iowa State University in Ames.
Republican Straw Poll at Ames. Alexander
Total: 64 counties in 6 weeks.
to Fuel Ethanol Workshop, an ad hoc group, in Cedar Rapids--impromptu
Alexander filled in when scheduled speaker couldn't make it.
part of the state. June
16 Dutch treat
lunch at Iowa State University at Ames (Story County); meets with AFP
advisory committee at Iowa State University; press conference at Jetsun
Aviation in Sioux City; ice cream social at Marvin and Joy Vogel
Orange City; ice cream social at Lawrence and Audrey Groen residence in
Center. June 17
Dutch Treat breakfast at
the Family Table Restaurant in Sheldon (O’Brien County); coffee at the
Haven in Spencer (Clay County); dutch treat lunch at the Pizza Ranch
County); Algona town meeting at Daylight Donuts; ice cream social at
Stan Holtan Farm in Forest City. June 18
Breakfast at Cedar Falls Holiday Inn.
11 Evening Alexander for President barbecue in Clive (suburban
Moines). June 12
Speaks at the World
Pork Expo candidate forum at the State Fair Grounds in Des Moines.
Alexander for President headquarters in Des Moines, the campaign
leadership in all of Iowa's 99 counties.
5 Education news conference in Des Moines.
May 6 Recruiting
breakfast in Marshalltown; speech to Johnson County
Republican Women's Club in Coralville; town meeting in Iowa City;
reception in Clinton. May
breakfast in Davenport, recruiting lunch in Amana, recruiting reception
15 Unveils 31-member Iowa Agriculture Steering Committee in
Ankeny headed by
Craig Lang of Brooklyn (central Iowa), speech to Council Bluffs Rotary,
County Town Meeting in Audubon, Warren County GOP dessert reception in
Indianola. April 16
Alexander for President recruitment lunch in
Sioux City; speech at Sioux City North High School. April 17
Speech to Iowa Federation of Republican Women Spring Conference in Des
begins running 2-minute weekly radio talks in Iowa.
Programs, each focusing on one issue, run
every Sunday night around 8 pm on WHO and another radio station (which
depends on the message ex. WMT (Cedar Rapids), KASI (Ames)). Kochel described these as "a weekly talk
with Iowa voters" "harks back to Roosevelt." Originally
wanted to do longer talks, 5
minutes, but difficult to buy that length as doesn't fit in w/
regular programming. First three
programs--agriculture/ethanol, education, Kosovo. Very
inexpensive est. $150.
10 Announcement tour. DC news conference to pick up
Sens. Thompson and Frist. NH.
Announcement and rally at Derry Village School.
March 11 Iowa.
Announcement w/ Gov. Branstad at Kirkwood
Community College in Cedar Rapids; agriculture policy speech at Iowa
University in Ames (calls for expanded use of ethanol in place of the
gasoline additive). March 12 Puente Learning Center in Los
Angeles. March 15
Rally and questions from six students at Maryville High School.
candidacy in the Old Supreme Court Chamber at the Tennessee State
moves into offices at 5835 Grand Avenue, Suite 101 in Des Moines.
28 Bull Moose Club luncheon. Jan.
29 Tapes IPTV.
Alexander for President Exploratory Committee, Inc..]
...12 visits, 21 days
(Arrives from Georgia). Rally with 3rd
congressional candidate Larry McKibben in Newton; Republican Party of
get-out-the-vote rally in Cedar Rapids.
Oct. 14 Fundraising
reception in honor of Congressman Jim Nussle at private home in Cedar
Falls. Oct. 15
In Des Moines, joins gubernatorial candidate Jim
Ross Lightfoot at the State Capitol for an event focusing on education.
16 Fundraiser with GOP statewide
candidates in Des Moines, hosted by Alexander and Gov. Branstad. Sept. 17 Address to Young
Organization at Drake University, Des Moines; Dallas County GOP Steak
the National Guard Armory in Perry.
Virginia-based political action committee We The Parents first appears
scene with a national television advertising campaign.
The initial 30-second spot "Photos"
calls for tripling the federal tax deduction for each child to $8,000. The ad will run in 14 states, including Iowa
and New Hampshire, at a cost of $200,000 for the first week.
for Bruce Rhoads, State House candidate, in Newton; rally for Rich
State Senate candidate, in Washington.
15. Fundraising breakfast for Rick
Kullander, state Rep. candidate, in Cedar Rapids; tour of Parsons
software firm, in Hiawatha (suburban Cedar Rapids); CNAC county
Jefferson Street Café in Burlington; Howard County Republican
Iowa Pork Barbeque
in Lime Springs. July
16. Book signing at Younkers Department Store in
downtown Des Moines; fundraising reception in honor of Sen. Larry
Congress at private home in Marshalltown.
Rapids: Events at the Republican Party of Iowa's First in the Nation
Gala. June 12
CNAC Taste of Tennessee Supper hosted by Alexander and Gov. Terry
Branstad draws about 600 people. In his
speech at the Gala, Alexander called for a "new, simpler tax code based
our values" and proposed tripling the federal tax exemption for
age children from $2,650 to nearly $8,000.
June 13 Book
signing and coffee
with House Speaker Ron Corbett and House Majority Leader Brent
appearances at the Grassley breakfast and Christian Coalition
small group meetings with local Republican leaders, covering eight
the eastern part of the state. The meetings, sponsored by CNAC, are
enlist supporters for 1998 election efforts.
May 13 CNAC/GOP
in Dubuque and Waterloo. May 14 CNAC/GOP
agenda meetings in New Hampton and
27, evening. Linn County Republican
Neighborhood Meeting at Coe College in Cedar Rapids. April 28
Address to West Des Moines Rotary on drug-free workplaces (As part of
a four-pronged strategy, Alexander
argues that, "The federal government should consolidate its
for interdicting illegal drugs in a single federal agency, either the
Department of Justice or a new branch of the armed services.");
for state Sen. Joann Douglas in Perry; Cass County Republican
Meeting in Atlantic. April 29 Departs in the
17 Fundraising house party for Grassley
campaign in Bettendorf. April
18 Appears at the First District Republican
Convention in Davenport, the Third District Republican Convention in
the Second District Republican Convention in Mason City, and the Fifth
Republican Convention in Sioux City.
2 Republican Neighborhood Meeting in Clinton.
April 3 Press
conference in Des Moines; fundraiser in Ames for David
Jamison, Story County Treasurer. April 4
Republican Neighborhood Meeting in Waukee; Republican Party of Iowa
Dinner honoring Gov. Terry Branstad, Des Moines. *April 1
addresses in succession the Polk County Republican Convention in Des
Johnson County Republican Convention in Iowa City, Linn County
Convention in Cedar Rapids, and Scott County Republican Convention in
Bettendorf (Quad Cities).
Moines. The Jan Mickelson Show (WHO
Radio); Iowa Federation of Republican Women Legislative Day; testimony
joint meeting of the House and Senate Education Committees.
1997 ...6 visits, 11 days
trip to Iowa. One-on-one meetings.
13 reception for state Rep. Russ Teig in Webster City, lunch w/
Leader Stu Iverson in Fort Dodge; event for state Rep. Clyde Bradley in
Bettendorf. Nov. 14
Iowa Public TV interview in Johnston, Iowa City GOP fundraiser
(Coralville). Nov. 15
Breakfast w/ Congressman Greg Ganske
(?Hepla). Nov. 16
speech at First Presbyterian Church in Burlington.
25 arr. Mason City; events in Hampton and Cedar Falls.
Reception for state Rep. Willard
Jenkins. Sept. 26
morning fundraiser for
state Sen. Mary Lou Freeman in Storm Lake; Council Bluffs,
Creston. Sept. 27
keynote speaker at the Poweshiek
County GOP Annual Fall Dinner in Grinnell, attended by about 150
people. Also during this trip various one-on-one
trip to Des Moines, private meetings.
meetings; commencement speech at Indian Hills Community College in
organization pays for a survey of Iowa and New Hampshire voters. FEC reports show the survey, done by the
polling firm Q.W. Ayres and Assoc., cost $39,395.04 (April 16); it was
largest single disbursement during the year.
visit to Iowa since the 1996 election.
Lincoln Club dinner in Des Moines (raising money for legislative
Eric M. Appleman/Democracy in Action