Democratic candidate Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., spent the week before Thursday’s Iowa caucus trying to rally support in the state, making 28 stops in his 6-day “Caucus for Results” tour.
On New Year’s Eve before a crowd in Waterloo, Iowa, Dodd touted his experience serving on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Reacting to last week’s assassination of Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, who he considered a “great friend,” Dodd emphasized the need for the next president to have foreign policy experience and not “on the job training.”
Dodd also highlighted his ability to reach out across party lines, which he says would help him win against the Republicans in November. “Over the past quarter of a century, on every issue I’ve been involved in I’ve sought people from the other side to find if I could find a partner to get things done and create change,” Dodd said.
The senator took a jab at some of his fellow competitors, saying that money and celebrity should not be deciding factors in the election. “I know I’m not as well known as some of these candidates; I don’t have as much money as some of them do. But what I’ve always been impressed about Iowans is you’ve never been impressed by celebrity or by money.”
Though he didn’t mention Sens. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., or Barack Obama, D-Ill., by name, Dodd added, “I’m sorry I don’t have Oprah with me tonight or Bill Clinton.”
On Wednesday, Dodd announced that he isn’t telling his supporters whom to endorse as a second choice if he doesn’t earn the required 15 percent to move forward in the caucus, The Hill reported. “The idea that I would go around telling key supporters of mine that tomorrow night, if for whatever reason we didn’t get 15 percent, I want you to do the following — I’m not sure I’d vote for me,” Dodd said. “The idea that you’re trying to market me, auction me off to some other campaign, would truly bother me.”
Dodd will continue to tour Iowa on Thursday before the caucuses later that night.