Ep97: Tom Vilsack On 2020 Dems’ Rural Iowa Message

The Iowa Starting Line Podcast host Pat Rynard interviews former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on how 2020 Democrats are talking about rural America, how the Trump Administration is undermining the renewable fuels industry, and why he decided to take a pass on a U.S. Senate run.

Ep96: IA-02 Opening, Buttigieg Visit, NARAL Interview

The Iowa Starting Line Podcast host Pat Rynard talks with State Representative Jennifer Konfrst about Dave Loebsack’s retirement plans and the 2nd District race, Pete Buttigieg’s momentum, and the Noah Wasserman’s arrest. And we talk with two leaders for NARAL, the pro-choice organization, about what they’re seeing candidates talk about on the caucus campaign trail.

Ep95: Online Vs Offline Democrats, 2020 Fundraising Numbers

The Iowa Starting Line Podcast host Pat Rynard talks with State Representative Lindsay James about early fundraising numbers for the 2020 field, how “very online” Democrats differ from the rest of the party, how Democrats should handle the “socialism” label, and what’s left to watch up at the Statehouse this year.

Ep94: Beto O’Rourke Interview & Ever-Expanding Dem Field

The Iowa Starting Line Podcast host Pat Rynard sits down with Beto O’Rourke during his recent Iowa trip to talk about his generational pitch, how he’s adjusted to the media onslaught, and what kind of “normal” he wants to bring to D.C. Plus, I talk about the ever-expanding Democratic presidential field and why everyone feels they have a shot.

Ep93: How Democrats Are Talking About Rural Iowa

The Iowa Starting Line Podcast host Pat Rynard is joined by Robert Leonard of Knoxville’s KNIA Radio-AM, a frequent writer on rural issues, to recap this weekend’s Heartland Forum in Storm Lake. We discuss how Democrats have started to change how they talk about rural Iowa.

Ep92: Buttigieg Momentum, Steve King’s Mess, Rural Forum Preview

The Iowa Starting Line Podcast host Pat Rynard is joined by Patty Judge to talk about Pete Buttigieg’s momentum in an Iowa poll, Steve King’s never-ending controversies, the Mueller report dud, and the big rural Iowa forum coming up this week.

Ep91: Media Mania For Beto & Biden, Special Election Win

The Iowa Starting Line Podcast host Pat Rynard is joined by State Representative Jennifer Konfrst to talk about the media hype around Beto O’Rourke and Joe Biden. We also discuss how candidates like Kirsten Gillibrand are impressing people on the ground, and we talk the special election results in the SD 30 race.

Ep90: Running A Presidential Campaign, Joe Sanberg Interview

The Iowa Starting Line Podcast host Pat Rynard is joined by Cory Booker’s national campaign manager Addisu Demissie to talk about managing presidential candidates, how campaigns fill out their schedules, and what organizing tactics they’re focused on this year. And we interview entrepreneur Joe Sanberg, a possible 2020 candidate who has hired J.D. Scholten to push the Democratic field on poverty issues with the Working Hero Iowa organization. 

Ep89: Beto’s In, Eastern Iowa Visits, Joni Ernst’s “Paid” Family Leave

The Iowa Starting Line Podcast host Pat Rynard is joined by State Representative Lindsay James to talk about candidates’ visits to Eastern Iowa, Elizabeth Warren’s ability to stay in the news, some Statehouse topics like the Ag Gag law, and Joni Ernst’s new “paid” family leave program.

Ep88: Sanders’ Return, His New Rural Pitch, Iowa Poll Results

The Iowa Starting Line Podcast host Pat Rynard is joined by Patty Judge to contrast Bernie Sanders and John Hickenlooper’s appeal and message. We also discuss Sanders’ new approach to rural America messaging, and we look at the latest Des Moines Register Iowa Poll.