While other candidates have made Iowa their home away from home, spending the night in hotels and motels before America's first caucus, Donald Trump has taken a different approach. Trump flies home to Manhattan in one of his private planes or copters so he can snooze in his own bed in Trump Tower every night, reports Reuters. For instance, Trump attended eight campaign events in Iowa in November and December, and he hightailed it back to NYC afterward each time. "It works very well for me," he tells Reuters, mentioning he uses a Boeing 757 with a larger bed when he's flying into bigger airports, and a smaller Cessna for tinier destinations. But Reuters talks to political analysts and others who think the strategy could end up costing him votes.
"Not everything in a presidential campaign can be accomplished with a speech or a rally," the chairman of the American Conservative Union says. "You attend a family event of a supporter in a key state ... these have an important psychological impact." Ted Cruz has been able to go to about 12 town halls and about two dozen smaller schmooze sessions in part because he holes up in local accommodations after his work is done—and while his numbers can't necessarily be pegged to his lodgings, he's now leading Trump in Iowa polls. Still, as one blogger notes, you can bet Trump isn't worrying about his travel habits. He "not only defies political conventional wisdom on just about every score, but he's proving to other candidates that they don't need to follow them either," writes Dan Calabrese at caintv.com. (Two women who say Bill Clinton targeted them are fans of Trump.)