This is day two of Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards four-day swing through Iowa and at its end he will have crossed something off his "to do" list.
"I will complete my goal of reaching all 99 counties, I might add for the second time," Edwards says.
Edwards made stops in each of Iowa’s 99 counties back in 2003, a threshold he crossed in December before finishing a surprising second in the Iowa Caucuses back in January of 2004.
"When I finished visiting my 99th county is when I started to gain significant momentum in the caucuses in Iowa last time and it was important for me to do this time so that every caucus-goer in Iowa knows that I’m asking for their support and I want to hear what their concerns about and I want to look ’em in the eye and answer their questions," Edwards says.
Edwards is making stops in Corning, Bedford and Indianola today. By the end of his four-day trip through the state, he will have visited 15 cities and towns.
"I’m not just campaigning in particular parts of Iowa and I’m not just campaigning in the places with the highest populations," Edwards says. "…I want to be the president that represents all 99 counties in this state."
Former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, a Republican, made it a practice to visit each of Iowa’s 99 counties each year during his 16-year run as governor.