Our #HoyasInIA cohort of six students spent four days on the ground leading up to the Iowa caucus. While in Des Moines, these students had the chance to hear directly from candidates and their surrogates from both sides of the aisle, talk to senior campaign staff who shared insight into their strategies in the lead up to the nation’s first primary contest, and chat with national and state journalists to understand how each covers caucus night.
Students included: MacKenzie Grimm (COL ’21), Kelvin Doe (GUSY), Grace Xu (GUSY), Kira Macauley (GUSY), Grace Shevchenko (GUSY), and Jack Ryan (MPP ’20)
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After flying into Des Moines, our #HoyasInIA met with Troy Price, Chair of the Iowa Democratic Party as well as Jen Palmieri, Marie Harf, and Byron York. On Saturday, the students shadowed canvassers for Pete Buttigieg, watching them share their excitement and reasons to support the former mayor. Before heading out, they went through a quick canvassing workshop with Congressman Anthony Brown (D-MD).
Later on Saturday evening, Hoyas met with Symone Sanders, Senior Advisor to presidential candidate Joe Biden, and Lis Smith, Senior Communications Advisor to Pete Buttigieg. They ended night #1 by attending a rally for Amy Klobuchar.
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On Sunday, #HoyasInIA joined a live taping of Jake Tapper’s “State of the Union” and attended rallies for Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden. By speaking with supporters at these rallies, students learned how candidates have uniquely inspired their supporters. Students had the opportunity to chat with several political experts, including Karl Rove, Martha MacCallum, Ari Fleischer, Dana Perino, and Georgetown’s own Donna Brazile.
Later on Monday, the Hoyas crossed the aisle to check out a Trump campaign “Make Iowa Great Again event, where they spoke with Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, Trump campaign National Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, and Eric Trump. Bringing the trip to a close, they ended the night at Pete Buttigieg’s caucus night victory party.
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These six students, after days of hearing valuable analysis and watching the different campaigns in action, strove to better understand the voter sentiment in the state, and shared their experiences with the wider Georgetown community. The afternoon of the caucus, they each made their predictions on who would win the state.Back to Top