Last week was a big one for political junkies in Hardin County. Former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders — both veterans of national political offices — stopped in the Scenic City to share the messages that they hope will win over voters and propel them forward as they seek the Democratic Party’s nomination for president.

Here in Iowa we have a front row seat (whether we want it or not) to the beginning of every presidential election cycle. Our first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses draw most candidates here as they court votes in the hope that an Iowa win will give them a jump in the polls as more Americans recognize their name and learn about their positions on key issues.

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