Dick Gephardt on the Campaign Trail

The campaign used today's news to promote Gephardt's support from the unions. "The only two candidates to have any labor support are Gephardt and Dean. This is increasingly becoming a two-horse race. There's a clear division between Gephardt and Dean within the labor movement. We've got 20 international unions supporting us and he's (Dean) has two or three … big ones. With the SEIU and possibly AFSCME endorsing Dean, there's a clear split."

That list of the 20 international unions who are backing Gephardt was promptly assembled by the campaign and e-mailed out to Web site subscribers. Also e-mailed out Thursday: a statement on Howard Dean's confederate flag flap, a day after the other campaigns did their venting and only hours after Dean's big news became public.

Murphy said Gephardt is still hoping for the endorsement of the UAW and they "feel good about it." UAW backing for Gephardt could bring upwards of 20,000 more union members in Iowa alone to rally support on caucus night, in addition to the support of the 54,000 members he already has there.

On Thursday, Gephardt claimed a nod from the 32,000-member Missouri National Education Association.

While rivals "rock," Gephardt rolls along in Iowa

Nov. 5 — While his opponents "rocked the vote" in Beantown, it was business as usual for Congressman Gephardt, who skipped the event to attend an "important" union meeting in Des Moines and an evening campaign stop at the Uptown Cafe in Jefferson, Iowa.

Late Tuesday afternoon, Gephardt met with members of AFSCME, which reportedly will endorse some time in early December. Gephardt is pulling out all the stops to try and secure their backing. The union's officials have already met with three other top candidates and Tuesday was Gephardt's turn.

In Jefferson, some people were actually surprised to see Gephardt at his own event. They knew they were attending a Gephardt meeting, but surely he must be in Boston with everyone else? When he walked in, there were a few confused faces. Without missing a beat, he launched into his typical campaign speech and barely mentioned the debate.

After the speech, Gephardt paid an impromptu visit to a girls dance class down the street. Two of the dancers had waited in their leotards to meet him earlier but had to leave since the campaign was running late. When he spontaneously showed up at their make-shift studio, the group of girls giggled as he joked around and asked them for their votes. As one woman put it, "He's a smart man. Now, their parents will at least vote for him."

As the night was winding down, word spread that Dean had been ripped to shreds at the debate on the Confederate flag issue. There were grins on the faces of campaign staffers. While Gephardt remained cool and made no comments on the matter, Bill Burton, his Iowa press secretary, said "I know Dean is running in the Democratic race but it's beginning to sound like he's running in a Republican one. The next thing we know, he's going to be campaigning at Bob Jones University."

Gephardt goes Granite for first time in weeks

Nov. 4 — Congressman Gephardt seemed to make up for lost time on Monday, his first day campaigning in New Hampshire in the last few weeks. The drizzly day began in Exeter, where Gephardt state campaign chairman Jim Demers picked up the Congressman in his plush 1999 motor home, which he bought at a bargain basement price on E-bay.

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