Posted: October 10, 2007 6:43 PM
Dodd Ready to Fight in Iowa's Undecided Battleground
Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., said the race in Iowa isn’t in the bag yet, and looked to boost his campaign in the state this week with an endorsement from state Sen. Tom Hancock.
Hancock, who has served in the Iowa Senate since 2004, endorsed Dodd at a news conference Tuesday morning at the State Capitol in Des Moines. He is also a past president of the Iowa Fireman’s Association. Earlier in the year, Dodd won the support of the International Association of Fire Fighters union.
Hancock admitted he had not planned on endorsing a candidate for the caucuses, but said he was compelled to speak out on Dodd’s behalf. “Chris Dodd, more than any other candidate in this race, offers leadership that has brought people together and gotten real results that have made our country a better place,” said Hancock.
At the same news conference, Dodd once again rejected the notion that the Democratic nomination had already been determined. Dodd pointed out that there were still some 90 days to go before the Iowa contest, and “Iowans have proven over the years that they wait a little while before making that final decisions.”
Also on Tuesday, the Dodd campaign announced Julie Andreeff Jensen was named Iowa Field Director. Andreeff Jensen served as John Kerry’s Iowa political director in 2004.
Dodd spokeswoman Colleen Flanagan said the addition of Andreeff Jensen was “another sign of the growing strength of the Dodd campaign in Iowa.”