The Daily 202 Live with James Hohmann and Hon. Tom Vilsack
On September 27, 2016, the morning after the first presidential debate, The Daily 202’s James Hohmann spoke one-on-one with Tom Vilsack. The former Iowa governor – who Hillary Clinton considered as a potential running mate – shared his take on the debate, including how the candidates are resonating with rural voters.
    Program Highlights
    Speaking to The Washington Post's James Hohmann Tuesday, Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack said Democrats struggle to reach rural voters. "We don't do as good of a job at speaking directly to rural voters," he said, noting that the party generally reaches other minority groups. Despite this, Vilsack says there is an opportunity for Clinton to "drive a wedge" between her and Donald Trump in Iowa, who he says has wavered on his position on renewable fuel standards, an issue important to rural voters in the Midwest.
    • Sep 27, 2016
    Speaking to The Washington Post's James Hohmann Tuesday, Hon. Tom Vilsack said rural America and its agriculture economy are "not appreciated enough" for its positive impact on the economy. "We have a functioning agricultural economy and because of that successful agricultural economy we've bben able to urbanize," Vilsack said.
    • Sep 27, 2016
    Speaking to The Washington Post's James Hohmann Tuesday, former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack said rural populations are disproportionately served by addiction treatment centers in the U.S. "This is an issue that costs us $25 billion unnecessary healthcare dollars," Vilsack said. "It is incredibly important for us to focus on this."
    • Sep 27, 2016
    Hon. Tom Vilsack
    Tom Vilsack was elected Iowa's first Democratic governor in more than 30 years in 1998 and was re-elected to a second term in 2002. He served as chair of the Democratic Governors Association and was a member of the executive committee of the National Governors Association.
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    James Hohmann
    James Hohmann is a national political correspondent for The Washington Post.
    About The Daily 202 Live
    James Hohmann, a Post national political correspondent and author of The Daily 202, will interview Beltway power players and political operatives about the issues and news shaping Washington.
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