A number of Republicans have been applying heat to U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley for over a month now concerning his willingness to negotiate with the Obama administration regarding its health care reform package. Now, a well known national group is chiming in. Yesterday, the Club for Growth began to run radio and TV ads urging Grassley not to cave into the liberals on health care.
Once again, the ad takes an approach similar to that used by the American Future Fund and Iowans for Tax Relief in dealing with Grassley regarding this controversial issue. The ad is very respectful, but it sends a very clear message to Grassley.It’s ok to sit down and talk, but don’t cave in the liberals’ demands.
Club for Growth President Chris Chocola said, “We need to reform our healthcare system with patient-centered, free-market solutions that bring down costs and ensure more Americans have access to quality care. But some in Congress are pushing for government-run healthcare, which would crowd out existing plans, increase costs, and stick taxpayers with a bill they can’t afford.”
The Club for Growth’s $1.2 million ad campaign will run through the August recess. The ad campaign is aimed at members of congress who may be persuaded to reject a government-run health insurance program, as well as members with leading roles in the healthcare debate.
Senator Grassley has calmed some Republicans’ fears on the issue by explaining his position at his town hall meetings. However, if Grassley ultimately supports a reform package backed by the Obama administration, the Club for Growth could play a vital role if Grassley is challenged in a Republican primary for his Sentate seat. In 2002, the Club for Growth played a critical role in helping Congressman Steve King win a highly contested four-way primary in Iowa’s 5th Congressional District. Currently, no Republican has stepped forward to challenge Grassley. That could change, however, if Grassley votes with the Obama administration.
To Grassley’s credit, he continues to hold more town hall meetings than the most elected officials. He has done more meeting in one day than Congressman Boswell has done all month. The following is a list of Grassley’s town hall meetings for next week.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Humboldt County Town Hall Meeting – Rustix Restaurant in Humboldt – 9 to10 a.m.
Palo Alto County Town Hall Meeting, Centennial Park in Ruthven- 11:30 – 12:30 p.m.
Pocahontas County Town Hall Meeting, Expo Center, Pocahontas County Fairgrounds in Pocahontas – 2 to 3 p.m.
Calhoun County Town Hall Meeting, Rockwell City Community in Rockwell City – 4:15 to 5:15 p.m.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Plymouth County Town Hall Meeting, Knights of Columbus Hall in Le Mars – 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.
Cherokee County Town Hall Meeting, Sanford Museum in Cherokee – 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Ida County Town Hall Meeting, Community Hall in Ida Grove – 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Emmet County Town Hall Meeting, Regional Wellness Center, Iowa Army National Guard Gym in Estherville – 8 to 9 a.m.
Dickinson County Town Hall Meeting, Sami Bedell Center for the Performing Arts in Spirit Lake – 10 to 11 a.m.
Lyon County Town Hall Meeting, George North Community Room in George – 1:45 to 2:45 p.m.
Clay County Town Hall Meeting, Clay County Courthouse Steps in Spencer – 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Friday, August 28, 2009
O’Brien County Town Hall Meeting, O’Brien County Courthouse, Assembly Room, in Primghar – 8 to 9
Greene County Town Hall Meeting, Greene County Fairgrounds, Clover Hall in Jefferson – 3 to 4 p.m.
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