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January 15, 2014

Professor shares political insights

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Turning to Presidential politics, Green believes that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) will come out of his current scandal with little reputation damage. A mayor in Christie's state did not endorse the governor's race for reelection, and the George Washington Bridge that connects New Jersey and New York, one of the busiest bridges in the world, had several lane closures in retaliation.

A staffer responsible for the action has been fired. Christie spent nearly two hours in a press conference on Thursday to address the issue. Green believes that unless more evidence arises, that indicates Christie's direction to close the lanes, Christie still stands a chance of earning his party's Presidential nomination in 2016.

Green's concern is that Christie may choose to ignore Iowa during a campaign. Green also believes a top Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, may be reluctant to spend much time in Iowa as well.

For either of these candidates, or anyone else who wants to seek the Presidency, "retail politicking" is important. This is getting out and meeting people, including spending time in small Iowa coffee shops. Clinton, during her 2008 bid, spent time in Iowa, but Green believes that Clinton does not favor "retail politicking" over aspects of being a candidate.

Green said that part of Barack Obama's success was his grassroots movement and ability to meet with small-town people. In 2007, Obama took the time to speak on a household doorstep in Pella, a town he was unlikely to gain much support. When Obama was seeking reelection in 2012, he came back to Marion County for a visit to the Coffee Connection in downtown Knoxville to shake hands and greet voters.

Iowans, especially those in Marion County, are likely to receive visits from 2014 candidates in the coming months and 2016 candidates over the next two years.

The 2014 Iowa Legislature convenes on Monday, Jan. 13. Green also expects a short, uneventful session.

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