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In the week between the Iowa and New Hampshire, The Takeaway has be going behind the scenes of political campaigns to get an inside look at the lives of the people who make elections run.
We have spoken with an opposition researcher, who digs up dirt on opponents; an advance man, who helped plan events for Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney; and a tracker, who followed opponents through nearly every state. Each of these different roles requires 18 hour days, and living on the road for months on end.
For the fourth and final installment of the series, "Road Warriors: Life on the Campaign Trail," Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich spoke with Becky Rothmeier Loewen and Gordie Loewen. This husband and wife team function as Democratic political operatives in Minnesota, and they've done just about every campaign job there is.
At least one of them has worked on a campaign every year since 2004. It's a political marriage, but not the Bill and Hillary Clinton kind that the public is used to. Rather, the Loewens are on the other side of the camera, but still manage to be idealistic and find meaning in their work.