Lamar Alexander in Iowa
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 shown below.

1999 ...9 visits, 39 days   
Dec. 14                  In a press conference in Des Moines the morning after WHO-TV's "The Iowa Debate," Alexander endorses Gov. George W. Bush.
Aug.16                  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 and to "celebrate the best in Iowa by highlight things in each community that 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 fully 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 visit]

July 7                     Tour kickoff at Branstad residence in Des Moines, 6:00 p.m.
July 8                     Park View Plaza Hotel in Ottumwa (Wapello County); All Service Clubs (Kiwanis Club) lunch in Burlington (Des Moines County); Wilton Candy Kitchen--bills itself as the oldest ice cream parlor in the nation (Muscatine County); Vander Veer Park in Davenport (Scott County).
July 9                     Tour of Herbert Hoover Birthplace in West Branch (Cedar County); Dutch Treat lunch at Manatt's Conference Room in Brooklyn (Poweshiek County); house party at Joy Corning's residence in Des Moines.  (Accompanied on July 9 stops by Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee).
July 10                   Iowa Press taping; the Royal Café in Huxley (Story County); David and Rosella Hanson residence in Boone (Boone County); Gilbert Jr. /Sr. High School Commons (Story County); Clarion (Wright County).
July 11-13                                                             No Public Events
July 14                   Dirty Harry's Restaurant in Council Bluffs (Pottawattamie County); AJ's Steakhouse in Sidney (Fremont County); Vaughn's Grill in Clarinda (Page County); ice cream social hosted by Chuck  Offenburger at Depot Deli in Shennandoah (Page County)  This is where the Everly Brothers hail from.
July 15                   Berings Motor Inn Restaurant in Creston (Union County); Community Center in Lamoni (Decatur County); does ABC News.Com chat; The Quilt Patch in Osceola (Clarke County); Jasper County GOP picnic at Maytag Park in Newton (Jasper County).
July 16                   Uptown Café in Jefferson (Greene County); Carrolton Inn in Carroll (Carroll County); Country Host in Sac City (Sac County); Henningson farm on Hwy 141 in Dennison (Crawford County); house party in Ankeny (Polk County).
July 17-19                                                             No Public Events
July 20                   Breakfast with supporters at American Legion in Collins (Story County); drop by for handshaking at Aunt Blanche's Attic in Ellsworth (Hamilton County); lunch with supporters at Porter's on Main in Iowa Falls (Hamilton County); drop by for handshaking at Mercantile Bank in Humboldt (Humboldt County); dinner with supporters at Holiday Inn in Mason City (Cerro Gordo County).
July 21                   Breakfast with supporters at Uptown Café in Charles (Floyd County); drop by for handshaking at The Bakery in Cresco (Howard County); lunch with supporters at The Stone Hearth in Decorah (Winneshiek County); drop by at Waverly City Hall civic center (Bremer County); social at the home of Bob High in Waterloo (Black Hawk County).
July 22                   Breakfast with supporters at  Town House  in West Union (Fayette County); lunch with supporters at Main Feature Restaurant in Waukon (Allamakee County); social at Les and Mark Klink farm in Elkander (Clayton County).
July 23                   Breakfast with supporters at Best Western Frontier Restaurant in Clinton (Clinton County); lunch at the Rotary Club in Eldridge (Scott County).    
July 24-26                                                             No Public Events
July 27                   RAGBRAI event with Chuck Offenburger at the bandshell in the town square of Clear Lake (Cerro Gordo County).
July 28                   Breakfast with supporters at Towne House Restaurant in Rock Valley (Sioux County); drop by for handshaking at Brownstone in Cherokee (Cherokee County); lunch with supporters at Golden Corral in Fort Dodge (Webster County); reception at home of Arden and Donna Augspurger in Van Meter (Dallas County).
July 28                   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 Davenport, all broadcast stations, mostly news adjacencies, and some Des Moines cable as well.  "It had the effect of attracting attention to the campaign at a critical time."
July 29                   Drop by for handshaking at the CJ Diner in Columbus Junction (Louisa County) according to the Muscatine Journal he then went to the Louisa County Fair and bought a pig; lunch with supporters at Stever Haus Restaurant in Fairfield (Jefferson County); reception at Iris Restaurant in Mount Pleasant (Henry County).
July 30                   Keokuk 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 Chariton (Lucas County); cookout at Dayton farm in Belle Plaine (Benton County).
July 31-Aug. 3                                                      No Public Events
Aug. 4                   Lunch reception at Mario's in Dubuque (Dubuque County); senior citizens cruise in Dubuque; reception in Monticello (Jones County).
Aug. 5                    Breakfast at Pinicon Restaurant in New Hampton (Chickasaw County); luncheon at Mercantile Bank community building in Vinton (Benton County); ice cream social at Bill and Judy Chadima's residence in Cedar Rapids (Linn County).
Aug. 6                    Breakfast in Grinnell (Poweshiek County); Pachyderm Club luncheon at the American Legion in Marshalltown (Marshall County); reception at Joy Corning's home in Lake Panorama (Guthrie County).
Aug. 7                    Republican Midwest Leadership Conference in Omaha, NE.
Aug. 9                                                                   No public events.
Aug. 10                  Media availability at Jetsun Aviation in Sioux City (Woodbury County); lawn party at the home of Chuck and Carla Offenburger in Storm Lake (Buena Vista County).
Aug. 11                  Value-added agriculture tour at Iowa State University in Ames (Story County) followed by media availability; Iowa Cubs baseball game at Sec Taylor Stadium in Des Moines (Polk County).
Aug. 12                  Interview 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.
Aug. 13                  Three to four hours at the Iowa State Fair: piano playing at Reiman Music Tent; guest chef at the Iowa Pork Producers BBQ Tent; drop by for handshaking at the Iowa Corn Growers Tent.  Republican presidential candidate debate at Iowa State University in Ames.
Aug. 14                  Iowa Republican Straw Poll at Ames.  Alexander finishes sixth.
Total: 64 counties in 6 weeks.
June 22                  Speech to Fuel Ethanol Workshop, an ad hoc group, in Cedar Rapids--impromptu event; Alexander filled in when scheduled speaker couldn't make it.
June 16-18            NW part of the state.  June 16 Dutch treat lunch at Iowa State University at Ames (Story County); meets with AFP education advisory committee at Iowa State University; press conference at Jetsun Aviation in Sioux City; ice cream social at Marvin and Joy Vogel residence in Orange City; ice cream social at Lawrence and Audrey Groen residence in Sioux Center.  June 17 Dutch Treat breakfast at the Family Table Restaurant in Sheldon (O’Brien County); coffee at the Truck Haven in Spencer (Clay County); dutch treat lunch at the Pizza Ranch (Palo Alto County); Algona town meeting at Daylight Donuts; ice cream social at Ruth and Stan Holtan Farm in Forest City.  June 18 Breakfast at Cedar Falls Holiday Inn.
June 11-12            June 11 Evening Alexander for President barbecue in Clive (suburban Des Moines).  June 12 Speaks at the World Pork Expo candidate forum at the State Fair Grounds in Des Moines.
June 8                    At Alexander for President headquarters in Des Moines, the campaign announces leadership in all of Iowa's 99 counties.
May 5-7                 May 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; recruiting reception in Clinton.  May 7 Recruiting breakfast in Davenport, recruiting lunch in Amana, recruiting reception in Dubuque.
April 15-17            April 15 Unveils 31-member Iowa Agriculture Steering Committee in Ankeny headed by Craig Lang of Brooklyn (central Iowa), speech to Council Bluffs Rotary, Audubon 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 Moines.
March 14              Campaign 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 market 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/ stations' regular programming.  First three programs--agriculture/ethanol, education, Kosovo.  Very inexpensive est. $150.
March 10-15        March 10  Announcement tour.  DC news conference to pick up endorsements of 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 State University in Ames (calls for expanded use of ethanol in place of the MTBE gasoline additive).  March 12  Puente Learning Center in Los Angeles.  March 15  Rally and questions from six students at Maryville High School.
[March 9               Announces candidacy in the Old Supreme Court Chamber at the Tennessee State Capitol.]
Feb. 1                     Campaign moves into offices at 5835 Grand Avenue, Suite 101 in Des Moines.
Jan. 28-29             Jan. 28 Bull Moose Club luncheon.  Jan. 29  Tapes IPTV.
[Jan. 8                    Forms Alexander for President Exploratory Committee, Inc..]

1998 ...12 visits, 21 days
Nov.  2                   (Arrives from Georgia).  Rally with 3rd District congressional candidate Larry McKibben in Newton; Republican Party of Iowa get-out-the-vote rally in Cedar Rapids.
Oct. 14-15             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.
Sept. 16-17           Sept. 16  Fundraiser with GOP statewide candidates in Des Moines, hosted by Alexander and Gov. Branstad.  Sept. 17 Address to Young Presidents Organization at Drake University, Des Moines; Dallas County GOP Steak Fry at the National Guard Armory in Perry.
Aug. 17                  Alexander's Virginia-based political action committee We The Parents first appears on the 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.
Aug. 12                  Fundraiser for Bruce Rhoads, State House candidate, in Newton; rally for Rich Garrels, State Senate candidate, in Washington.
July 15-16             July 15.  Fundraising breakfast for Rick Kullander, state Rep. candidate, in Cedar Rapids; tour of Parsons Technology, a software firm, in Hiawatha (suburban Cedar Rapids); CNAC county luncheon at 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 McKibben for Congress at private home in Marshalltown.
June 12-13            Cedar 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 on our values" and proposed tripling the federal tax exemption for preschool 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 Siegrist, appearances at the Grassley breakfast and Christian Coalition luncheon. 
May 13-14            Four small group meetings with local Republican leaders, covering eight counties in the eastern part of the state. The meetings, sponsored by CNAC, are designed to enlist supporters for 1998 election efforts.  May 13  CNAC/GOP agenda meetings in Dubuque and Waterloo.  May 14  CNAC/GOP agenda meetings in New Hampton and Parkersburg.
April 27-29            April 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 responsibility for interdicting illegal drugs in a single federal agency, either the Department of Justice or a new branch of the armed services."); fundraiser for state Sen. Joann Douglas in Perry; Cass County Republican Neighborhood Meeting in Atlantic.  April 29  Departs in the morning.   *April 29 events???
April 17-18            April 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 Newton, the Second District Republican Convention in Mason City, and the Fifth District Republican Convention in Sioux City.
April 1-4                April 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 Lincoln Day Dinner honoring Gov. Terry Branstad, Des Moines.   *April 1 events???
March 6                 Alexander addresses in succession the Polk County Republican Convention in Des Moines, Johnson County Republican Convention in Iowa City, Linn County Republican Convention in Cedar Rapids, and Scott County Republican Convention in Bettendorf (Quad Cities).
Feb. 10                   Des Moines.  The Jan Mickelson Show (WHO Radio); Iowa Federation of Republican Women Legislative Day; testimony before joint meeting of the House and Senate Education Committees.

...6 visits, 11 days
Nov 24                   One-day trip to Iowa.  One-on-one meetings.

Nov. 13-16            Nov. 13 reception for state Rep. Russ Teig in Webster City, lunch w/ Sen. Majority 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 Service, luncheon speech at First Presbyterian Church in Burlington.
Sept. 25-27           Sept. 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 meetings.
July 14                   One-day trip to Des Moines, private meetings.
May 15                  Private meetings; commencement speech at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa.
Spring                    Alexander's 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 the largest single disbursement during the year.
March 31              First visit to Iowa since the 1996 election.  Lincoln Club dinner in Des Moines (raising money for legislative candidates).

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