This is a partial transcript from On the Record with Greta Van Susteren, January 19, 2004 that has been edited for clarity.

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GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, HOST:  Joining us now, from Des Moines, Iowa, is John Kerry's wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry (search).

Congratulations -- Mrs. Kerry.

TERESA HEINZ KERRY, CANDIDATE'S WIFE:  Thank you very much -- Greta

VAN SUSTEREN:  I guess that's in order.

Did you ever expect it was going to be this high, 38 percent?

HEINZ KERRY:  I didn't expect -- I didn't know how to measure the numbers but I knew from my gut and my hard work that what I felt and what I saw as I went around the state, and I've done about 20 trips, that Iowans really responded to what I said and I'm sure they did to John, although I didn't campaign with him.

And, you know, that's all you can do, is to have great conversations.  And if I had to kind of get a baptism by fire in presidential elections, I think Iowa was the best state to do it, because you have an awful lot of opportunity to really interact with people quietly and intelligently and they care about the questions and they care about policy, and I've been very grateful for that, and they've been very kind.

VAN SUSTEREN:  Well, I certainly -- I always have to make this disclosure, that my husband is an early supporter and raised money for your husband for the benefit of the viewers, so I have to make that disclosure.  But what was it -- was there a single issue you ran into in Iowa that interested the Iowa voters about your husband?

HEINZ KERRY:  You know, I think what Iowans care most about -- I think -- they're very close to earth.  They're very close to reality.  And I think Iowans really care about how you think, even more than what your position is, because we all disagree on different things, you know, husbands and wives, politicians.  It doesn't matter.  But the intellectual or intrinsic honesty of how you think and how you go about resolving problems, I think that's what they like, and I think partly it's because they have an intimate process.  They're not cynical, and so it was wonderful.  I had a lot of fun, and I thanked them for it.

I don't think there is one issue.  I mean, you can talk about the demise of family farms and what happens to them, to the parents who lose it and their kids go somewhere else because they don't have a job, and I've seen that happen in Pittsburgh, you know, with the demise of steel and all of our older generation losing their young kids and grandkids who move away.  I identify with that because I worked hard on that in Pittsburgh.

And so there are a lot of issues like that that really pertain to people's lives and people's feeling of security.  Do they have a future.  And so I felt very at home, actually.  It's very much the kind of work that I do with our endowment, and I liked it.  It was fun and it was interesting and most importantly it's about real people's lives, and I like that.  That's what I like.

VAN SUSTEREN:  Do you give the senator advice and tell him when he does well and doesn't do well on the campaign trail?

HEINZ KERRY:  You know, I'm not with him.  I stay -- I've been with him maybe six, seven days, max, on this whole campaign.  I've been campaigning on my own, as have Christopher Heinz, my son, and Vanessa Kerry, sometimes together, sometimes apart, and we've been everywhere.  You know, it's been fun.  I've met up with my son only twice, once up in Tacora (ph).  We had a lot of fun.  He interrupted me as I was speaking saying, "Mom, mom, mom."  He was kind of cute.  But he was right, he had good points.

And it's been part of the family business, because our family does care about all these issues.  So that's how we talk around the dining room table.  We're interested in the world.  We're interested in foreign policy.  We're interested in the environment.  We're interested in people's well-being.  I mean, that's the work I do six days a week.  That's who I am.

VAN SUSTEREN:  Are you looking forward to New Hampshire?

HEINZ KERRY:  Yes, I was in New Hampshire two days this week and two days the week before.  I fact, I drove about 950 miles 10 days ago, Thursday and Friday, in the terrible snowstorm up in the mountains and in the north (ph), and it was quite hairy, but we've done well.  We've gotten good newspaper coverage.  The people are warm.  It is a different style of campaigning, but they're still great Americans.  They're just in different states, but they're great.

VAN SUSTEREN:  All right, well, we'll be watching from New Hampshire.  Thank you very much for joining us and congratulations to your husband.

HEINZ KERRY:  Thank you so much, Greta.  Bye.

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