MASON CITY, IA.---A candidate can't be everywhere; surrogates fill the gaps. Michelle Obama is starting a seven-day Iowa swing on Wednesday and Barack Obama's two half sisters will also be traveling for him in the state.
Obama launches a "Stand for Change" swing in Mason City this morning.
Clinton starts a "Solutions: Time To Pick A President” tour today with former President Clinton and former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack and his wife Christie.
Obama has a time-effecient system to autograph his books people bring to events. Here, a staffer at an Obama rally Wednesday morning at Newman Catholic High School asks a woman to leave her book with her and fill out a slip with id information. Obama later, in a holding area,will speed sign books lined up at a table. (photo by Lynn Sweet)
(photo by Lynn Sweet)
Those yellow slips of paper are being handed out to people at the Obama rally as they come in; the point now is to make sure people know where to go on caucus night. The "Ticket to Change" includes a phone number to call to find a caucus location. High school students are being heavily recruited to vote. They can if they will be 18 by November, 2008.
At this event, for example, the high school students at Newman Catholic are being asked to gather together so they can get a group picture taken with Obama. It's a stroking technique designed to provide incentives to the students--engaged enough to show up at this rally-to attend the caucus on Jan. 3