Biker Babbitt

Peddling himself in Iowa

Politicians will go to remarkable lengths to get the attention of voters, but Arizona's Democratic Governor Bruce Babbitt outdid even the most tireless baby kisser and hand shaker last week. From Sunday to Saturday, he bicycled across 397 miles of Iowa, pausing only for an emergency trip to Phoenix to attend the funeral of a legislative ally. "They told me this state was flat," mumbled the tall, lean presidential hopeful, as he and his wife Hattie forced their Schwinns up a series of long, steep hills. Following along in an air- conditioned camper, Babbitt's two sons good naturedly egged him on....

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