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2012 Election Coverage

November 5, 2012

Iowa candidates make final push

CLINTON — Iowa candidates seeking an Election Day victory campaigned in Clinton Saturday and Sunday.

With less than a handful of days until the election, both Democrats and Republicans encouraged voters to “get out the vote.”  

On Saturday, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad joined Republican candidates Andrew Naeve, State Senate District 49; John Archer, Second Congressional District; and Tom Determann, County Board of Supervisors, for a rally at 392° Caffé.

Branstad urged for the election of Mitt Romney. He also drew comparisons between Iowa and Illinois, by highlighting Iowa’s surplus and the move to lower taxes.  

The stumbling block for lowering individual and corporate income tax and commercial property tax, Branstad said, is the Democrat controlled Senate.  

“This senate race is one of the most important ones in the state in terms of determining who’s going to have control,” Branstad said. “I’m really really proud.  I’m looking forward to working with Andrew and I’m just really looking forward to that Republican majority.”

Branstad also called for getting size and cost of the federal government under control.

“We can’t afford increasing the national debt a trillion dollars a year. That goes to why we need John Archer in Congress,” he said. “We need somebody’s who’s going to be on the side of the taxpayer to work with the new Romney administration.”

The Governor went on to praise Archer’s experience working as an attorney for John Deere and his pro-business, pro-growth stance.  

Branstad concluded the 10-minute speech by thanking the residents of Clinton County for their support.

Receiving the public gubernatorial support in the finals days before the election was meaningful, Naeve said.

“A lot of people respect him and he’s been on board since the beginning. I feel great.  I think we’ve got a lot of momentum and we’re going to finish strong.”

Republican candidates were not the only ones asking for the support of Clinton County’s 35,000 voters. Sunday, Democratic candidates U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack, State Rep. Mary Wolfe and Rita Hart took to the streets of Clinton for door knocking.

Hart said she was unfazed by the Governor’s support of her opponent as she seeks the seat for Senate District 49.   

“We have our game plan, we’re sticking to it.  This is about reaching out to the people and seeing what they care about,” Hart said. “I feel cautiously optimistic.  I’m happy to have had this experience.  It’s convinced me how much responsibility there is in a position like this.”

Loebsack, the three- term incumbent facing Archer in the race for Iowa’s Second U.S. Congressional district, maintained confidence that he will be elected for another term.  

“I feel very good about the race.  All indications are that we’re going to have a victory on Tuesday.  I’m just looking forward to going back to Congress and doing what I’ve done the last six years: Working across the aisle in a bi-partisan way to make sure we address the major issues that are affecting this country,” he said.

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