ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (KCRG) -- Late in President George H.W. Bush's 1992 re-election campaign, he held a rally in Albuquerque, New Mexico. TV9's Bruce Aune was there and was then able to interview him aboard Air Force One on a flight to Des Moines.
Bruce asked him, "In eastern Iowa, where I'm from, we have a situation where unemployment is low, where housing starts are way up, in fact, you could almost say the recession hasn't hurt us that much, and yet Bill Clinton is still leading in this state. Has your message been reaching the people?"
President Bush responded, "Well, it's going to reach 'em, and that's why I'm coming back to Iowa. But I think you're right. I think the people get blasted from the national media all the time about how terrible it is. I've never heard a report on how eastern Iowa is doing. All I hear is all the things that are wrong. And in an area where things are going reasonably well, they ought to look carefully at not only who has the best program to keep the economy moving, but to help the rest of the people. And I think we have by far the best program. I don't think raising taxes and increasing government spending is the answer."
Bush did not carry Iowa in that election and lost the presidency to Bill Clinton. But his life was filled with service to his country.