The Democrat presidential candidate backed by Iowa Senator Tom Harkin placed third in Iowa’s caucuses and second in New Hampshire’s primary, but Harkin says former Vermont Governor Howard Dean’s campaign will most certainly carry on. Harkin says “Less than two percent of the delegates to the convention have been chosen. If this were a hundred-yard dash, they wouldn’t even be off the starting blocks yet. They might’ve lifted one foot. So, you can’t hardly say what’s gonna’ happen.” Harkin says fellow Senator John Kerry, of Massachusetts, has had a great start, but there’s no guarantee he’ll win the nomination.Harkin says Kerry has not had the “kind of scrutiny Mr. Dean has had” for the past year, which Harkin expects will now begin with Kerry’s first-place Iowa and New Hampshire finishes. Harkin sounded almost reminiscent of Dean’s now-infamous caucus night speech as Harkin listed off states where he believes Dean will post a good showing.Harkin says he doubts Kerry would chose North Carolina Senator John Edwards as a vice presidential running mate, should Kerry win the nomination. He notes no U.S. Senator has ever defeated a sitting president.
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