Trudging Through Iowa

Roads and voters have yet to thaw in a Democratic race that is still uncertain

Danny Wilcox Frazier / Redux for TIME

Democratic presidential hopefuls descend upon the state of Iowa in order to win support in the Iowa caucus.

This is when running for PresidentĀ gets really hard. A bleak, windy Sunday morning in Fort Dodge, Iowa. The local roads are ice. As John Edwards enters the community-college cafeteria, his campaign workers are picking up rows of chairs--to make sure the media don't shoot the empty seats. Edwards trudges through his stump speech--the least engaged I've ever seen him--and specifically asks the sparse gathering for questions about the issues he considers important: health care, global warming, poverty, the economy. There are none such. The questions are odd, off point. A Native American accuses Hillary Clinton of saying something outrageous about Native...

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