A day in the lives of presidential candidates Bob Russell, Matt Santos, and Arnold Vinick, who are in Iowa trying to gain support for their campaigns. Iowa is the first state in the nation to hold their presidential caucuses, and issues affecting farmers and rural areas are the focus. The most important issue on the table is the large federal subsidies for ethanol fuel given to corn growers, which is supported by Iowa residents but seen as naked pandering by the rest of the country. Josh continues to clash with Santos over winning votes instead of proposing radical policy. Donna and Josh continue to avoid speaking about the state of their relationship. Written by
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Senator Arnold Vinick: "I could take these people to a DMZ, it wouldn't take their minds off ethanol and abortion." The reference to the DMZ (De-Militarized Zone) in Korea is possibly a reference to Alan Alda's role as Hawkeye Pierce in M*A*S*H, which was set during the Korean War. See more
The episode shows a day in life of three presidential candidates, all starting in the same motel in Iowa at 5:46 a.m. However, in all scenes of the wakeup calls, the sun can be seen streaming through the window blinds. At that time of the morning in February in Iowa, dawn isn't until at least 1 hour later, let alone full daylight. See more
Green. Green Grass of Home
Written by Curly Putman
Performed by Johnny Cash See more