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The Press of ''Meet The Press''

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by Danielle Wagner

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- The eyes of the nation were on Iowa Sunday morning as Tom Brokaw interviewed Republican Presidential Nominee Senator John McCain on Meet The Press in our KWWL studio. As you can imagine, we had a lot of visitors, including other press.

Ten months... that's how long NBC's McCain correspondent Kelly O'Donnell has been on the road.

"It's been a long year. I started covering a group of Republicans in December and McCain was one of those so I've been effectively on the road almost everyday for the last 10 months," said Kelly O'Donnell with NBC.

Sunday, O'Donnell was in Waterloo for McCain's Meet The Press segment. She also appeared on the show to give her perspective on the campaign.

"One of the biggest differences I see is McCain is often seen as older, angry. What we see day to day covering him is much different than that. He's energetic, he's often funny. I try to add what I see day to day to try and fill that picture out," said O'Donnell.

Other traveling press spent the morning listening to McCain and logging sound bites just outside the KWWL building. O'Donnell and other reporters describe the campaign trail as grueling but exhilarating.

"You get to watch candidate in all stages, days when he's up, days when he appears frustrated, days when the crowds are huge, days when it's not. I find that to be really fascinating to feel how the pulse of a campaign changes," she said.

Emily Hetzler isn't a reporter... she's with Jiva Salon and Spa in Cedar Falls... but she got a special invitation to be part of Meet The Press... doing Tom Brokaw's make-up.

"It was great to meet him. Something a lot of people won't have a chance to do," said Hetzler.

As soon as McCain was finished with the show, the campaign and the media packed up for the next stop in Cedar Falls. Soon... all the traveling will be over... at least for another four years.

"It's been a remarkable race. Either way there will be huge news on November 4th," said O'Donnell.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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