Rob Reiner and Martin Sheen, two of Howard Dean’s most outspoken Hollywood supporters, will travel across Iowa for two days next week to stump for their favored presidential candidate.
Iowa, which kicks off the Democratic primary season with its caucuses on Jan. 19, has turned into a major battleground between Dean and Missouri Rep. Dick Gephardt. In an increasingly bitter fight for Iowa, polls have shown Dean with a narrow lead over Gephardt, whose candidacy depends on a win there.
“We’ll be crisscrossing the state and hitting a lot of events. This year Iowa is going to be more important than it has ever been,” Reiner told Daily Variety. “If Dean wins Iowa, I think he’s going to have a solid shot at the nomination. And if Gephardt doesn’t win Iowa, I think he’s done.”
Reiner and Sheen will spend Tuesday and Wednesday in the state, making numerous appearances in small towns and college campuses. Among the places they plan to visit are Morningside College in Sioux City, U. of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls and Iowa State in Ames. The goal will be to pep up Dean’s supporters and recruit volunteers to help get people to show up at the caucuses.
The trip will culminate on Wednesday with an event in Des Moines, where Reiner and Sheen along with Sen. Tom Harkin, who endorsed Dean on Friday, will launch Dean’s bus tour of the state, dubbed the “People Powered Road Trip.”
“Essentially you’re making sure everyone is energized,” Reiner said.