Dodd’s Pitch: Experience Equals Viability

By Jennifer Parker

Dec 31, 2007 8:39am

ABC News’ Donna Hunter Reports: Iowa voter Dennis Wolf walked into Four Brothers Pizzeria in Le Mars, Iowa as an Independent but he walked out a proud supporter of Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn.

With tears in his eyes he recalled his sister who lost her battle with breast cancer, he said if it had not been for Dodd’s Family Medical Leave Act he would have been unable to take the necessary time off from work to attend to his dying sister.

"He’s seasoned, tested, knowledgeable, and his service has had a real impact on my life," Wolf said.

In the days leading up to the caucuses, the Senator has spoke about his "proven track record."

"I’ve spent 26 years in the Senate, served in the military, served in the peace corps. I know the Middle East well, I know Latin America well, I’ve worked on domestic issues,  I wrote the family medical leave legislation… its what I’ve done for a quarter of a century."

So why has it been so hard for Senator Dodd to break through in the polls and get that name recognition like some of his bigger name counter parts?

Harold Schaitberger, President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, says forget about the polls and the celebrity names. Dodd has the backing of the influential fire fighters.

"The polls have alleged that Senator Dodd is at one percent of which we simply don’t accept," said Schaitberger.

What Schaitberger does accept is that come caucus night anything is possible. “Four years ago at this time we were aiming to come into third place with Senator John Kerry, D-Mass., we hoped to come in second but quite frankly we had no idea that we would win the Iowa caucus. Right now we are trying to be viable, I believe there is going to be four tickets coming out of Iowa and a ticket would be an incredible achievement for Senator Dodd." 

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