Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin not slowing down as term draws to end

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Posted: Saturday, November 23, 2013 12:00 am

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — When Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin completes his last year in office, the longstanding lawmaker may take a certain brand of liberal Midwestern populism with him.

A so-called "prairie populist," Harkin was raised amid the social programs of the depression, witnessed the horrors of the war in Vietnam and charged into politics vowing to fight for the working classes, minorities and those with disabilities. Many of his like-minded Midwestern peers are no longer in government.

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