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Iowans look back on nine memorable Clinton visits

Wednesday, December 27, 2000

President Clinton visited Iowa nine times during his years in office, touring schools and visiting farms, doling out hugs and words of comfort to flood victims, even swapping jokes about hogs.

"No one ought to be president who doesn't know anything about hogs," he quipped, quoting Harry Truman, as he arrived in Des Moines in 1995 for a conference on rural issues.

Six of his visits included overnight stays.

"He's enjoyed going to Iowa, and he's gone to Iowa more frequently than his average travel to other states," White House spokesman Jason Schechter said.

By contrast, Clinton visited Nebraska just once - a recent trip to the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument, commemorating the nation's historic trails.

Read the rest of this article in the 12/26 Pilot Tribune.



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