CEDAR RAPIDS,IA.--Iowa voices.
Dori Boot, an administrative assistant from Ankeny, Iowa. 62. Not a regular caucus voter. Has no favorite.
On Hillary Rodham Clinton: “I think she really knows her stuff.”
On former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack: “I just don’t think he has the experience and background to handle the United States.”
On John Edwards: “I just don’t know enough about him to have an informed opinion.”
On Barack Obama: “I think he is a very interesting person.”
Carl Van Tuyl
Des Moines. Social studies and American government teacher. 58. Regular Democratic caucus goer. Favorite: Edwards.
On Edwards: “I think he’ll be good for the country. I think he is right on the issues.”
On Obama: “I have no negative feelings against him. He is trying to tone down the polarization in politics.
Kim Bolte, Ankeny, manager for financial industry. 39. Regular Democratic caucus goer. Leaning Clinton.
On Clinton: “First of all, it would be nice to have a woman in the office.
On Obama: “He’d be my number two.
Frank Thomas, Pleasant Hill, attorney. 55. Regular Democratic caucus goer. Supports Clinton.
On Clinton: “I support Hillary because I think she has the seasoning. She is extremely articulate and smart and I think she is compassionate.”
On Obama: “I don’t think it is his time.”
“He does not have the seasoning. He just jumped from the state Senate in Illinois to the Senate. He just does not have the seasoning to make that happen.”
Queen Dennis, Des Moines, retired school teachers. 79. Regular caucus goer. For Clinton.
On Clinton: “I think it is time for a woman president.”
On Obama: “I think a lot of him, but I think it is a sex thing.”