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Need to Know: Nov 2, 2012: Dubuque, Iowa

For months now, Americans have been bombarded with more political advertising than ever as the candidates try to convince voters that they understand and know what’s best for the people who live and work in “Main Street” America.

This week, Need to Know’s John Larson reports from Dubuque, Iowa — a town in a swing state worth six electoral votes in the road to the White House.

Why Dubuque? It’s not your average “Main Street” town. Dubuque’s been called “Little Rome” because it boasts such a strong Catholic population, that the town is considered a barometer for the Catholic vote nationwide.

Read the complete transcript.

What’s on this week:

Main Street: Dubuque, Iowa

An in-depth look at voter opinion of people living in Dubuque, Iowa — a town called “Little Rome” for it’s strong Catholic population.

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  • John Larson

    By the way, if you’d like to hear more of Jen Gloeckner’s music you can find her on The song in our story, “Remember When” can be found on her “Miles Away” album. She’s very good.

  • Commonsense

    “The common good.” If more of our politicians and people thought about this, we would be less polarized.

  • Janet Ferguson

    Enjoyed the story and vistas of Dubuque, Iowa. Thanks.

  • lyndsey marsh

    There is another option on who to vote for, check out! You don’t have to vote for the lesser of two evils. Gary Johnson has everyones best intrest in mind! We need to do something before our free america is run amuck! Please spread the word that there is another option! Gary Johnson for president!

  • lyndsey marsh

    Check out there is another option!

  • Crabby Appleton

    This is NO longer a government Of the people, For the people. It is a government of self perpetuating bureaucrats. YES THE SYSTEM IS BROKE AND THE PEOPLE ARE JUST OUT WITH NOTHING. No wonder no one wants to vote. What good would it do?

  • Shari

    What an outstanding piece. I wish it were required viewing for everyone out here on the west coast–the prevailing stereotype of the midwest just doesn’t match the reality. After marrying into an Iowa family, I have come to learn firsthand that their dominant characteristics are their reasonableness and thoughtfulness, their tolerance and their respectful civility. Not the narrowminded backwardness and reactionary ignorance that is so much the prevailing view. This piece could not possibly have been a better picture of the true midwestern ethos. Thanks for sharing it.

  • sarah s

    Excellent snapshot of Main Street, good to see Sister Farrell again, she’s a powerful voice for standing up for one’s deepest spiritual beliefs in a way that acknowledges rather than rejects our diversity.

  • dubhtail

    A horrible place to be. Counting down the days until we can leave this racist, divisive, bullying town. It only looks cute from the outside.

  • Camille Ruiz-Pfeiffer

    I counted down too until I left… So happy for that choice