Campaign 2000: Vote for Forbes And Get a Gold Pin

And much more: a T shirt, music and a free ride to the poll. Will Iowans buy the hucksterism?

Steven Grubbs, the earnest young Iowa coordinator for Steve Forbes, was in a slight crouch, weaving back and forth before the 45 people in Bon's Bakehouse on the sweltering town square of Greenfield, Iowa.

He was in his fevered pitch for them to leap at multimillionaire Steve Forbes' offer to join his hired caravan to the city of Ames next week. That's where diehard Republicans will gather on Aug. 14 for a day of speeches and tub-thumping and then cast a vote for one of 11 candidates. The Iowa poll, when it was invented 20 years ago, was a fund-raising gimmick...

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