Former Secretary of State and one-time Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton returned to Iowa Sunday for the first time since her 3rd place finish in the Iowa Caucuses in 2008. She was the featured speaker at retiring Democratic Senator Tom Harkin’s annual steak fry. Even Harkin admitted she stole the show.
Senator Harkin took the stage before some ten thousand activists and said this is a hell of a crowd:
“And to think you all came here just to see me,” Harkin joked with the crowd. “Who am I kidding? You've had some steak now it’s time for some sizzle.”
A group known as Ready for Hillary is offering an all-expense paid trip to Iowa and the 37th annual Tom Harkin Steak Fry later this month. Bill and Hillary Clinton will be the featured guests, and Hillary Clinton’s backers want a big turnout.
Tom Harkin has served in Congress for nearly 40 years. During this River to River interview, Harkin talks with host Ben Kieffer about immigration, health care and the Americans with Disabilities Act, one of Harkin's landmark pieces of legislation 24 years later.
The first of the 2014 legislative session comes to a close today, perhaps overshadowed by Governor Terry Branstad announcing he’s running for reelection. Many state lawmakers have their eye on looming national and state elections. Associated Press Statehouse and Political Reporter Catherine Lucey talks with IPR’s Clay Masters about how Iowa politics are shaping up at outset of 2014.
Friday is the last day lawmakers are scheduled to be at the Iowa Statehouse, but adjournment seems unlikely. Host Ben Kieffer talks about the issues and the sticking points dragging out the 2013 session with Chris Larimer, University of Northern Iowa and Tim Hagle, University of Iowa. They also discuss the President's renewed push to close the detainment facility at Guantanamo Bay and the likely Republican candidates for U.S. Senator Tom Harkin's seat.
The last time politicians had an open race for a Senate seat in Iowa, Paul McCartney & Wings were topping the charts with "Band on the Run" in 1974. On today's River to River we talk about the likely contenders for retiring Senator Tom Harkin's seat.