Tsongas focuses on N.H. primary

August 04, 1991|By Boston Globe

NASHUA, N.H. -- Paul E. Tsongas, the only announced major Democratic candidate in the 1992 presidential race, has decided to concentrate on the New Hampshire primary instead of the Iowa caucuses.

The shift was revealed last week when Mr. Tsongas' Iowa field director, Emily Smith, announced her resignation. She said that the Iowa race had changed because Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin would probably run. Mr. Tsongas changed strategies, she said, because Mr. Harkin could win "90 percent of the vote" in the Iowa caucuses.

Mr. Tsongas, who was attending a political picnic here yesterday, said, "We recognized that Tom is going to win Iowa overwhelmingly." He said that he would still try to debate Mr. Harkin in Iowa.

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