Play of the Day: Dodd Moves to Iowa

The Associated Press
Friday, October 19, 2007; 7:29 PM

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Democratic presidential candidate Chris Dodd will have a new pitch to Iowans: Vote for a neighbor.

The Connecticut senator has rented a house in Des Moines, where he and his family will live until the caucuses in January. Dodd and his wife, Jackie Clegg Dodd, have two daughters, 6-year-old Grace and 2-year-old Christina.

"They've rented a house in Des Moines and the girls will be coming out as well," campaign spokeswoman Taylor West said Friday. "It's one more piece of strengthening our operation in Iowa. We are committed to the state."

The Dodds are arranging to enroll Grace in kindergarten.

It's not the first time a contender has moved to the state. In the 1988 election cycle, then-Rep. Richard Gephardt of Missouri rented an apartment in Iowa and became a virtual resident. He won the caucuses that year, but quickly faded.

Dodd spokeswoman Colleen Flanagan said Dodd has 72 paid staffers in Iowa, many of whom started in New Hampshire before the campaign shifted most of its resources to Iowa. The campaign hopes a strong showing in Iowa will propel him upward in polls, where he badly trails his better known rivals. But he hasn't forgotten about New Hampshire, where he formally put his name on the state's primary ballot on Friday.


Compiled by Mike Glover

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