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Iowa's Harkin says fundraising, lack of relationships hurt Senate
Iowa's Harkin says fundraising, lack of relationships hurt Senate

There were 500 of the truest-believing Iowa Democrats outside the ballroom doors waiting to get in, but Tom Harkin had one more story to tell, even as an aide tugged his sleeve and admonished, “Tom, you’ve got a lot of people here that want to see you.” Harkin is retiring from the U.S. Senate after 40 years in Washington and last Friday night he was inducted into the Iowa Democratic Hall of Fame, an honor he seemed to cherish no less for the fact that many — Republicans,  conservatives, tea party faithful — would see the moment as no crowning achievement. After the doors opened, and the plates of chicken and mashed potatoes were cleared away, Harkin...

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