Barack Obama http://iowapublicradio.org en Politics Day: Fiscal Negotiations http://iowapublicradio.org/post/politics-day-fiscal-negotiations <p><span class="userContent">Last minute deal making on Capitol Hill may have helped avert the fiscal cliff for now, but many law makers are still divided over the measure. Ben Kieffer talks with political experts Tim Hagle and Bruce Nesmith about the fiscal measure and other recent political events.</span></p><p></p> Wed, 02 Jan 2013 19:16:37 +0000 Ben Kieffer 12777 at http://iowapublicradio.org Politics Day: Fiscal Negotiations Capitol Steps: Politics Takes A Holiday http://iowapublicradio.org/post/capitol-steps-politics-takes-holiday <p>Though 2012 is gone, relive the most memorable political moments with comedy group Capitol Steps. In their one-hour year-in-review special, awards will be distributed to the great political gaffes and mishaps of the past year.</p> Tue, 01 Jan 2013 18:00:00 +0000 Alison Sullivan 12613 at http://iowapublicradio.org Politics Day: Iconic Obama http://iowapublicradio.org/post/politics-day-iconic-obama <p>How is Barak Obama represented in popular culture? Ben Kieffer talks with two University of Iowa graduate students who’ve written a book about the 44<sup>th</sup> President as a lens through which we can see not only politics, but also art and music.Then, Donna Hoffman of the University of Northern Iowa with the latest political analysis of the Connecticut school shooting and fiscal cliff negotiations.</p><p></p> Wed, 19 Dec 2012 19:10:41 +0000 Ben Kieffer 12262 at http://iowapublicradio.org Politics Day: Iconic Obama Politics Day http://iowapublicradio.org/post/politics-day-18 <p>The recent discussions on the fate of the Iowa Straw Poll among GOP leaders has sparked further questioning on the effectiveness of the annual event and other political gatherings. Ben Kieffer talks with political scientists Steffen Schmidt and Wayne Moyer about the week’s political events including the ongoing fiscal cliff negotiations and GOP discussions with U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice.</p><p></p> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 19:26:59 +0000 Ben Kieffer 11331 at http://iowapublicradio.org Politics Day Photos: The Iowa Campaign Trail http://iowapublicradio.org/post/photos-iowa-campaign-trail <p>Iowa's importance in the 2012 election was arguably more important than ever. IPR's news staff traveled the state and reported on the candidates' messages long before the Iowa caucuses. Here are some of the photos IPR reporters took along the campaign trail.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 06 Nov 2012 22:05:51 +0000 Clay Masters 10372 at http://iowapublicradio.org Photos: The Iowa Campaign Trail President Obama, Paul Ryan, make final pleas to Iowa Voters http://iowapublicradio.org/post/president-obama-paul-ryan-make-final-pleas-iowa-voters <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>After a long and contentious presidential election season, the candidates made their closing arguments Monday. Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan made his last visit to Iowa on behalf of Mitt Romney. And President Barack Obama held the final campaign event&nbsp; of his political career in Des Moines.</p><p>While both men were still trying to drum up every last vote in a close election, they were also here to thank the voters who by now, have grown used to their constant visits.</p> Tue, 06 Nov 2012 16:13:51 +0000 Sandhya Dirks 10347 at http://iowapublicradio.org President Obama, Paul Ryan, make final pleas to Iowa Voters Obama, Romney Descend on Dubuque http://iowapublicradio.org/post/obama-romney-descend-dubuque <p></p><p>Both President Obama and Mitt Romney descended on Dubuque Saturday in the final days of their campaigns. Both candidates were promoting their own brand of change.</p><p>GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney flew into the Dubuque airport and greeted a crowd of more than 2,000 people in a hangar behind a sign that read “REAL CHANGE ON DAY ONE”.</p><p>Appearing with Romney was his wife Ann and NASCAR legend Richard Petty… who offered a race car driver’s perspective on the economy.</p> Sun, 04 Nov 2012 05:13:42 +0000 Clay Masters 10243 at http://iowapublicradio.org Obama, Romney Descend on Dubuque Praise of Bipartisanship Fades from Campaign Stumps in Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/praise-bipartisanship-fades-campaign-stumps-iowa <p></p><p>It’s the last full week of presidential campaigning and here in Iowa, we expected to see the presidential candidates a bit more. But Hurricane Sandy changed things. For the most part we got wives and vice-presidential candidates. Paul Ryan will be in Waterloo today and Vice President Joe Biden made stops in Muscatine and Fort Dodge Thursday.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 02 Nov 2012 06:10:43 +0000 Clay Masters 10158 at http://iowapublicradio.org Praise of Bipartisanship Fades from Campaign Stumps in Iowa Politics Day: The Final Week http://iowapublicradio.org/post/politics-day-final-week <p><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin;">Iowa has been in the center of the presidential campaign since mid-2011. In less than a week campaigning will end, and governing will begin. It’s the last politics day before the election. Steffen Schmidt of Iowa State University and Tim <span class="scayt-misspell">Hagle</span> of the University of Iowa asses where things stand. </span></p><p>-&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 18:20:32 +0000 Ben Kieffer 10080 at http://iowapublicradio.org Politics Day: The Final Week Fact Check Friday: Obama and Romney Accuse Each Other of Lacking Specifics http://iowapublicradio.org/post/fact-check-friday-obama-and-romney-accuse-each-other-lacking-specifics <p> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 12:12:15 +0000 Sarah McCammon & Sandhya Dirks 9866 at http://iowapublicradio.org Fact Check Friday: Obama and Romney Accuse Each Other of Lacking Specifics Presidential Campaigns Focus on Iowa Suburbs http://iowapublicradio.org/post/presidential-campaigns-focus-iowa-suburbs <p>Both President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney will make campaign stops Wednesday in eastern Iowa. Recent polls show the race is still up in the air. Romney has a solid hold on rural counties here. But in a state that’s population is shifting from rural to urban, the candidates will have to take the suburbs to win. Iowa Public Radio's Clay Masters reports.</p> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 06:03:13 +0000 Clay Masters 9748 at http://iowapublicradio.org Presidential Campaigns Focus on Iowa Suburbs Fact Check Friday: Obama on Campus http://iowapublicradio.org/post/fact-check-friday-obama-campus <p>Last week in our Friday Fact Check, we reviewed some of the statements Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney made while he was campaigning in Iowa. This week, President Barack Obama was here on the heels of the second presidential debate. Morning Edition Host Sarah McCammon caught up with IPR Reporter Clay Masters who covered the president's campaign stop at Cornell College in Mount Vernon on Wednesday.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 19 Oct 2012 06:23:34 +0000 Sarah McCammon & Clay Masters 9591 at http://iowapublicradio.org Fact Check Friday: Obama on Campus Politics Day: The First Presidential Debate http://iowapublicradio.org/post/politics-day-first-presidential-debate <p>The first presidential debate kicks off this evening and many voters across the nation&nbsp;will tune in to hear what&nbsp;President Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney will discuss. Our political experts talk about the expectations they have for the candidates&nbsp;and listeners say what they want to hear from each candidate.</p> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 18:55:56 +0000 Ben Kieffer 8877 at http://iowapublicradio.org Politics Day: The First Presidential Debate Iowa's Democratic Party Chairwoman from Charlotte http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowas-democratic-party-chairwoman-charlotte <p>Sue Dvorsky is chairwoman of the Iowa Democratic Party as well as of the delegation to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina this year.&nbsp;&nbsp; Speaking by phone from Charlotte, she says she's pleased with how President Obama is presenting his record to the public, and says Democrats are also concerned about the nation's deficit.</p> Thu, 06 Sep 2012 12:05:39 +0000 Sarah McCammon 7505 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa's Democratic Party Chairwoman from Charlotte Romney, Obama Differ on Wind Tax Credit in Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/romney-obama-differ-wind-tax-credit-iowa <p>President Barack Obama will be in Ames Tuesday. He’s likely to bring up the wind energy tax credit. That federal tax credit is set to expire at the end of <em>this</em> year. And the president’s opponent Mitt Romney opposes extending that credit. It's put Iowa’s top Republicans at odds with Governor Romney.</p><p>Iowa’s top Republicans--from Senator Chuck&nbsp;Grassley&nbsp;to Governor Terry&nbsp;Branstad-- want Romney to reconsider and give the tax credit a little more time.</p> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 01:36:30 +0000 Clay Masters 7032 at http://iowapublicradio.org Romney, Obama Differ on Wind Tax Credit in Iowa President Obama, First Lady, Wrap Up Iowa Swing http://iowapublicradio.org/post/president-obama-first-lady-wrap-iowa-swing <p>President Obama closed out his three-day bus trip across Iowa with an assist— from First Lady Michelle Obama. Her visit helped to highlight the president’s softer side—and remind Iowa why it holds such a special place for the first family.</p> Thu, 16 Aug 2012 11:02:33 +0000 Sandhya Dirks 6449 at http://iowapublicradio.org President Obama, First Lady, Wrap Up Iowa Swing Ryan and Obama Woo Voters at State Fair http://iowapublicradio.org/post/ryan-and-obama-woo-voters-state-fair <p>The state of Iowa – and the Iowa State Fair— once again became the center of the political Universe this week.&nbsp; Two skinny politicians from bordering Midwestern states stopped by the fair to try and drum up support for their respective campaigns—and along the way they threw a few punches. In the ring for the Republicans was the newly announced pick for vice president — Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI). Stopping by in the evening for a beer and a pork chop? President Barack Obama.</p> Tue, 14 Aug 2012 13:02:17 +0000 Sandhya Dirks 6324 at http://iowapublicradio.org Ryan and Obama Woo Voters at State Fair Politics Day http://iowapublicradio.org/post/politics-day-11 <p>Recent political ads from both presidential parties have caused hand-wringing on both sides of the isle. This Politics Day we talk with political experts Chris Larimer, associate professor of political science at the University of Northern Iowa, and Dennis Goldford, professor of politics at Drake University, about the latest developments on the political stage.</p> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 16:35:21 +0000 Ben Kieffer 4874 at http://iowapublicradio.org Politics Day Politics Day: Obama's Iowa Visit and the Middle Class http://iowapublicradio.org/post/politics-day-obamas-iowa-visit-and-middle-class <p>President Obama addressed tax cuts for the middle class at his stop in Cedar Rapids Tuesday. On this Politics Day, IPR&rsquo;s Dean Borg talks with political scientists Tim Hagle from the University of Iowa and Donna Hoffman from the University of Northern Iowa about the President&rsquo;s visit as both&nbsp;Obama&nbsp;and Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, make their appeals to the middle class.</p> Wed, 11 Jul 2012 18:27:53 +0000 Dean Borg 4532 at http://iowapublicradio.org Politics Day: Obama's Iowa Visit and the Middle Class