TheIowaRepublican.com is at the First Annual Scott County Ronald Reagan Dinner. The room is packed. Nearly 350 people are expected to attend. Former New York Governor George Pataki is the keynote speaker. Christian Fong, Chris Rants, Rod Roberts and Bob Vander Plaats are in attendance and will each get five minutes to address the crowd.
Also in attendance but not speaking is Secretary of State candidates Matt Schultz and George Eichhorn, 1st congressional candidate Rod Blum, State Treasurer candidate Dave Jamison and numerous other local candidates.
Great crowd. Lot of energy. Wonderful event.
Dinner has been served.
County party raised $25,000 for the event.
Honoring the former county treasurer who served 50 years in that capacity.
Reading letter from Senator Grassley who is in Washington.
Ross Paustian will once again challenge Rep. Elesha Gayman
Jamison, Eichhorn, Schultz, and Blum address the crowd.
Gubernatorial Candidate Speeches
Fong give a good speech. Best speech that I’ve heard him give. Lots of talk about vision and conservative principles.
Rants speech was really good. Did a great job of talking about local issues. Respectfully took on Fong and Branstad on certain issues. Rants talked about how Republicans have to walk the walk, not just talk the talk. Ended up about talking his record of accomplishments.
Rod Roberts talked about his background. Talked about protecting Iowa’s right-to-work status. Not just defend right-to-work, but champion it. Eliminate the corporate income tax. Complete highway 30 and highway 20. Very similar to the speech he gave in Des Moines, but more forceful.
Vander Plaats begins by mentioning the Faithful Four, Rants, Roberts, Fong, and Vander Plaats. Big at Branstad for not attending these county events. Four things I’m going to do. 1. Executive order to stay gay marriage. 2. Make state government more efficient. 3. Open up Iowa for Business. 4. Reorganize education.
Tonight’s winner? In my opinion its Rants.
Governor Pataki was very funny at times but brutally harsh on Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and President Obama. Democrats are wrong on health care, wrong on the economy, and wrong on foreign policy. It’s not America’s strength that causes problems in the world, its American’s weakness that causes problems around the world.
Pataki gave a great speech.
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