The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Politics

October 14, 2006

No Kennedy, but lots of campaigning

CLINTON — Clinton County Democrats were there. Iowa gubernatorial candidate Chet Culver was there. U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa was there. But U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass, was not.

Kennedy was scheduled to accompany Culver and Harkin on a blitz through Davenport, Clinton and Dubuque to boost Culver’s gubernatorial campaign against U.S. Rep. Jim Nussle, R-Iowa.

Harkin expressed Kennedy’s regrets for not being able to attend.

“Sen. Kennedy is the ranking member of our education and health committee in the Senate and I serve on that committee with him,” Harkin said. “He was obviously going to be here today… there is a close governor’s race in Massachusetts this year and some things had come up in that race and he needed to be there this weekend.”

The rally took place Friday at the Durgin Center on the campus of Ashford University. Harkin, who serves as the ranking Democrat of the Senate education funding subcommittee, said education is not an expenditure.

“Education is an investment,” he said. “Education is a lifelong process.”

Locally, Harkin was responsible for a $1 million construction grant that helped build the new Jefferson Elementary School.

Harkin said Iowa’s new governor should be someone who cares about Iowa. “I can tell you, I have known Chet Culver since he was a small boy… yes he once was a small boy,” he said with a laugh.

“I can tell you without any doubt that Chet Culver has the character, the caliber and the vision to be our next great governor…

“He is a fifth-generation Iowan and again, speaking here at Ashford University … nothing is an important as public education. We have always taken pride in the here in Iowa. Chet’s been there — as a high school teacher and coach, he knows the importance of quality teachers and investing in our schools.”

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