Politics
4:05 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Photos: The Iowa Campaign Trail

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. 

Senator Chuck Grassley and NASCAR Racing Legend Richard Petty welcome Mitt and Ann Romney to a rally at the Dubuque airport on November, 3 2012.
Senator Chuck Grassley and NASCAR Racing Legend Richard Petty welcome Mitt and Ann Romney to a rally at the Dubuque airport on November, 3 2012.
Credit Clay Masters / IPR
President Barack Obama hugs First Lady Michelle Obama at his final campaign stop of the race in downtown Des Moines on November 5, 2012.
President Barack Obama hugs First Lady Michelle Obama at his final campaign stop of the race in downtown Des Moines on November 5, 2012.
Credit Clay Masters / IPR
Governor Romney holds a campaign rally at a farm near Van Meter, Iowa on October 9, 2012 where he talked primarily about agriculture policy.
Governor Romney holds a campaign rally at a farm near Van Meter, Iowa on October 9, 2012 where he talked primarily about agriculture policy.
Credit Clay Masters / IPR
Leonard Boswell stops by IPR studios in Des Moines on September 27, 2012 for an interview.
Leonard Boswell stops by IPR studios in Des Moines on September 27, 2012 for an interview.
Credit John Pemble / IPR
Republican Incumbent congressmen Tom Latham (left) and Steve King (right) address a crowd at a Mitt Romney rally near a farm near Van Meter, Iowa. October 9, 2012.
Republican Incumbent congressmen Tom Latham (left) and Steve King (right) address a crowd at a Mitt Romney rally near a farm near Van Meter, Iowa. October 9, 2012.
Credit Clay Masters / IPR
Minnesota congresswoman Michelle Bachmann announced her campaign for the Republican ticket in her hometown Waterloo in June, 2011.
Minnesota congresswoman Michelle Bachmann announced her campaign for the Republican ticket in her hometown Waterloo in June, 2011.
Credit Pat Blank / IPR
Vice President Joe Biden stumps alongside 4th Congressional District candidate Christie Vilsack in Fort Dodge, Iowa on November 1, 2012
Vice President Joe Biden stumps alongside 4th Congressional District candidate Christie Vilsack in Fort Dodge, Iowa on November 1, 2012
Credit Clay Masters / IPR
Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan stopping by the Iowa State Fair the day after he was announced as Mitt Romney's running mate on August 13, 2012
Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan stopping by the Iowa State Fair the day after he was announced as Mitt Romney's running mate on August 13, 2012
Credit Clay Masters / IPR
President Obama speaks to supporters on the University of Iowa's campus on September 7, 2012.
President Obama speaks to supporters on the University of Iowa's campus on September 7, 2012.
Credit Clay Masters / IPR
Speaking to a crowd at the Hotel Fort Des Moines, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney told supporters a 'prairie fire of debt' was sweeping across Iowa and the rest of the country in May, 2012.
Speaking to a crowd at the Hotel Fort Des Moines, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney told supporters a 'prairie fire of debt' was sweeping across Iowa and the rest of the country in May, 2012.
Credit Clay Masters / IPR
GOP VP candidate Paul Ryan speaks to a group of supporters at a rally in Cedar Falls on November, 2 2012.
GOP VP candidate Paul Ryan speaks to a group of supporters at a rally in Cedar Falls on November, 2 2012.
Credit Pat Blank / IPR