Friday, April 17, 2009
Benjamin Rude from Des Moines, Iowa
English name(or American name),
Down town Des Moines, Iowa, USA ; view from the south bank of Raccoon River. Photo credited to Tim Kiser, taken on 2-10-2006
Des Moines is the 3rd livable city in USA as ranked by www.Forbes.com
Des Moines is an important city in United States presidential politics as the capital of Iowa, which is home to the Iowa caucuses. The Iowa caucuses are noteworthy for the amount of media attention they receive during U.S. presidential election years. It has been the first major electoral event in nominating the President of the United States since 1972. Many presidential candidates set up campaign headquarters in Des Moines. A 2007 article in the New York Times stated "if you have any desire to witness presidential candidates in the most close-up and intimate of settings, there is arguably no better place to go than Des Moines."