It rained. It froze. It snowed. That wasn't a good combination for the Presidential campaigns Tuesday. Campaigns had to cancel at least 20 events with candidates and their spouses. Staffers were busy figuring out what to do with their VIP visitors.
Mitt Romney-made his photo op with would be-voters at Des Moines' Kaleidoscope Mall. It helps that his hotel is just a few blocks away.
Ann Romney-walked with her hubby inside the mall. Canceled two stops.
Jackie Dodd-the only other to make a scheduled appearance. She checked out a homeless shelter in Des Moines. But her trip around town to pick up homeless youth went on ice. The storm covered her van in a thick coating of ice. Plus, she had a flat tire. Oh, and she told us her only warm coat was at the dry cleaner's. Our photographer told me she had to borrow one from the shelter.
John Edwards-canceled three stops. Stopped by the Hamburg Inn #2 in Iowa City. Did he vote for himself in the world famous coffee bean caucus?
Bill Clinton-canceled three trips. Called in to local tv in the Quad Cities to brag about his wife.
Mike Huckabee-scrapped four appearances. Made pitch to voters at Bob Feller's baseball museum in Van Meter.
Michelle Obama-halted five visits. Started calling some of the 28,000 Iowans who saw her hubby and Oprah.
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Mitt Romney defended his newest ad. It's the first time I believe that one Republican takes on another Republican in a spot running here in Iowa. Romney told me, don't call it negative. Here's the ad and his response to me about it.