Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty is the featured speaker for tonight’s Republican Party of Iowa fall fundraiser. Pawlenty will share the stage with six Republican gubernatorial hopefuls, including former governor Terry Branstad, who will share the stage with his counterparts for the first time this election cycle.
What to look for…
Governor Terry Branstad is considered by many to be the front-runner in the race. Branstad held a rally at his campaign headquarters earlier this afternoon which was attended by more than 200 people. His communications director, Tim Allbrecht, said that all the people who attended the rally this afternoon were generated through new media and social networking. No phone calls or postcards were used to turn out people.
Branstad is probably the only candidate who will have to manage expectations. If he is able to excite the audience in front of the assembled media, the narrative that the Branstad campaign has been using will continue to spread and take hold in the media. If he falls short, his opponents and their allies will attack.
For the other gubernatorial candidates, tonight’s venue provides an opportunity to attack Branstad. Will Chris Rants continue to publicly question Branstad’s record? What about Bob Vander Plaats?
Will the campaign field winnow?
Events like these also provide an opportunity for candidates to bow out of the race gracefully. The best example of this would be when Mitt Romney used the CPAC stage to exit the presidential race. Rumors abound that some candidates are getting low on campaign funds. As campaigns run low on cash, the likelihood of candidates dropping out increases.
Update: Rod Blum
1st District Republican congressional candidate Rod Blum stopped by blogger’r row. Blum said the he is likely to kick off his campaign later this month. Blum is a real estate developer and is the CEO of a software company. Blum said that he will devote a significant amount of time to his campaign.
Pat Bertroche – Candidate for 3rd Congressional District
Straight talker, physician
Straight forward. Will vote how he says he will. And will aks the people which direction he should go
Solution for healthcare
-none of the bills in congress offer true reform
Medication and device reform – too expensive to bring to market
Interstate competition for insurance companies
Costs of training doctors
We spend 2.5 time on alternative therapies
How do you feel about the 2nd amendment ?
– He’s all for it.
-Used to hunt.
-Ate what he killed
-with dear wasting disease, it’s too similar to mad cow, so he doesn’t want to eat it and he just shoots skeet
1000 foot rule as schools is stupid
-won’t stop criminals
-need others around to shoot the bad guy
County meetings – how are those going
-positive reaction to his campaign
-similar to Huckabee
-hitting Pizza Ranches
-Huckabee only had 2 or 3 people at his first pizza ranch visit
-Pat had 20 at that same Pizza Ranch
Even Dems are paying attention to his message
– Show quoted text –
-want a positive, responsible message
Not a politician – people find his approach refreshing
Chris Reed – Candidate for 2nd Congressional District
Were you pleased with your recent kickoff events?
-Pleasantly surprised at turnout in Ottumwa
You have a bigger entourage this time around?
Go after rural vote
Steve Burgmeier is on board and will help deliver that rural vote
-SB thinks CR’s conservative message will resonate
What kind of time are you going to have to put into the race?
-this is easier that a statewide race
-in business for 12 years, and have a great staff who can cover
-can’t be everywhere, but have volunteers in all counties who can be there and help out
Following the example of Tom Latham – modeling his campaign after TL’s , don’t reinvent the wheel
Matt Schultz – Candidate for Secretary of State
Currently a Council Bluffs city councilman
2nd term – 4th year – Attorney
Announcement focused on jobs – what can SOS do about jobs?
-has a bully pulpit who can be and advocate for business
-federal deductibility Mike Mauro should have been the first to say that would be bad for Iowa business
Matt has tried to make CB a business friendly community
What about voter fraud, same day voter registration, ACORN. What can be done to make sure vote is secure?
-photo ID – he supports it
-need to do that to get on a plane, pay with check at Hy-vee
-Same day registration need to be reformed
-should be cast as provisional ballots
-give candidate opportunity to challenge these in close races
30 married 3 kids, married 8 years
Young, but he’d put his resume against anyone
On city council, he cut taxes every year
Cut $1 mill form mayors budget
6:05 p.m. Event kicks off
Crowd surprised with the loud rock tune: “Welcome to the Party”
4th District Central Comm. Member – Isaiah McGee – welcome
Pledge of Allegiance
Invocation – Pastor from Walnut Creek Church
“As goes the pulpit, so goes America”
6:11 – Video from State Auditor Dave Vaudt
-still calling attention to
-governor trying to muzzle the taxpayers’ watch dog with huge budget cuts
Vaudt: “In God we trust. Everyone else, we audit.”
-Huge roar from crowd
Video from Sec. of Ag. – Bill Northey
Introduction of Dignitaries
-County Central Committee members
-State Central Committee members
-Christopher Reed – 2nd Congressional District Candidate
-Pat Bertroche – 3rd Congressional District Candidate
-Dave Funk – 3rd Congressional District Candidate
-Dave Jamison – State Treasurer Candidate
-Matt Schultz – Sec. of State candidate
-George Eichorn – Sec. of State candidate
6:16 – Video from Congressman Latham
-In Washington getting ready to vote on Pelosi’s healthcare bill
-This is a government takeover of healthcare
6:20 – Video from Congressman King
-Working hard to stop Pelosi’s health bill
-crown jewel of liberal political agenda – federal funding of abortion
-cradle to grave socialism
-need to kill the healthcare bill with a “wooden stake through the heart”
-Dedicated to funding the military
-Obama needs to make a decision on Afganistan
Video from President of the Federation of College Repblicans
-Speaking on Behalf of Grassley
-Grassley goes to every corner of the state
-gets support of young people
-introduces live speech from Grassley
6:24 – Senator Grassley speaks
6:24 – Senator Grassley speaks
-“Tonight our common focus is leadership. Tonight, we are looking forward.”
-“Enthusiasm is building in our party.” Victories in New Jersey and Virginia
-Discussing huge attendance at recent town hall meetings
-Iowans of all political stripes are scared of what’s going on in Washington, the legacy of debt we are leaving to our children
-He has longest streak of not missing a vote of any senator today. – Applause
-Neither Pelosi nor Reid have focused on main street America.
-“Raising taxes, cutting medicare, and raising premiums is not the healthcare Americans are asking for.”
-Under Pelosi bill, you can go to jail for 5 years for not having the kind of healthcare the government is mandating.
-First time ever the federal government is saying you have to buy something. Violation of 10th Amendment.
-GOP is not for the status quo, but we do not want a government takeover and a huge deficit
-free market forces should be unleashed
-buy insurance across state lines
-Congress has a choice between liberal 2000 page bill, or a more sensible 200 page bill.
-Do we want to grow government, or return to the era of personal responsibility?
-Quotes Barney Frank – crowd boos
-“Hope and change have brought Americans fear.”
-Next year, voters will get to choose between higher taxes or maintaining taxes, between a government that encroaches on every aspect of life, or a government that allows you to make decisions for yourselves.
-This meeting is about coming together and getting America back on track.
-Election is less than a year away. We need to make a case for new leadership.
-“They want to redistribute wealth and take property without just compensation, and that is unconstitutional.”
-“I’m ready for the coming election and the debate that will pursue.”
-“We are ready, we are prepared, and we will win.”
6:40 – Chairman Strawn takes stage
-Iowa’s current first district representative was the author of the cash for clunkers program. We need to take our candidate, Rod Blum, and trade in the clunker in Washington right now.
-Big victory in Ron Corbett’s mayoral victory in Cedar Rapids.
Turns to Culver
-generational debt thanks to Chet Culver
-leaders trust citizens to vote on marriage amendment
-tough budget times call for tough decision – across the board cuts were lazy
-Help is on the way. Iowa’s GOP candidates will provide competent, principled leadership.
-Tim Pawlenty has provided that kind of leadership to our north.
-reformed schools, cut budget, lets his constituents purchase health insurance across state lines.
-vice chairman of the Republican Governors Association
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