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Tom Cotton and Iowa

This state’s junior U.S. senator and senior statesman Tom Cotton showed up to address a group of Iowans visiting Washington the other day to promote that state’s economicand political—interests. The senator may have had his own interests to promote, for Iowa is the first in the nation when it comes to holding presidential caucuses. “If you’re a Democrat,” he told the group, “you’re probably going to be seeing [a presidential candidate] every weekend now for the next three years.” But if you’re a Republican hopeful, how distinguish yourself among what could be a crowded field in the future? Tom Cotton found a way to do just that, pointing out that his connection with Iowa is close indeed. “I’m the only one,” he told the crowd, “who loves Iowa so much I married a woman born there.”

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