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February 09, 2016
Stump speeches: Regulators, locusts and jokes aplenty
Des Moines, United States (AFP) Feb 5, 2016
Agence France-Presse has launched a weekly series of reporters' blogs taking readers behind the scenes of the 2016 US election for a look at the events and attitudes shaping the White House race. The second post in the series comes from the heartland state of Iowa, which on February 1 held the first vote in the months-long nomination process leading up to the November election: - On the stump - On the US presidential campaign trail, a candidate can make up to seven speeches a day. So he or s ... read more

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