Harkin and the changing Democratic Party

Sen. Harkin's (D-Iowa) seat will soon be open. (Reuters)

Retiring Sen. Tom Harkin is seen as one of a dying breed of Democrats. At a time when many in his party have run from the label and government’s effectiveness has been called into question by Republicans, he remains unabashedly an old-fashioned liberal.

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Harkin and the changing Democratic Party

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