The excitement surrounding Ben Lange’s campaign was on display Tuesday night at the Scott County Republican Party’s Annual Ronald Reagan Dinner. As Lange was announced, the crowd of over 450 people sprung to their feet to welcome him. Before beginning his remarks, Lange thanked the people in Scott County for believing in him before anybody else did and said that their support will lead him to victory on Tuesday.
He then launched into his critique of Braley. He reminded people about Braley’s record of supporting Obamacare, government bailouts, and voting to raise the nation’s debt ceiling five times. Lange then said, “We all know his record. He’s made his bed, and now he has to lie in it.”
Lange then criticized Rep. Chris Van Hollen (Md.), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for his comments about the 1st District race. Van Hollen told The Hill, “We’re going to war in that district’s race.”
Lange smiled and welcomed Van Hollen to eastern Iowa.
He then remind people that another east coast resident was on his way to the district, Vice President Joe Biden. At this point, someone in the crowd blurted, “bring him on.” Lange then recognized that all the visits and all the money that the DCCC is going to spend is just an acknowledgement of how far his campaign has come.
He ended his remarks by saying, “This race with Bruce Braley will come down to inches. You know this is worth fighting for. I’m asking for you to kick, scratch and crawl with me these final days. If you do that, we will absolutely win this,” Lange concluded.
Lange was given no chance at winning his race against Congressman Bruce Braley, but he has turned out to be an exceptional candidate. Lange has also kept things simple. For instance, his television and web ads feature him speaking directly into the camera while sitting on his front porch. He’s also limited his campaign to just talking about Obamacare, cap and trade, stimulus, and the national debt. Focusing on just a handful to big issues is smart for a challenger like Lange.
Lange has given 1st District Republicans a candidate who they can believe in. With Vice President Biden coming into help Braley at the last minute, Democrats must believe in Lange’s ability to win the seat as well. This will be a race to keep your eye on next Tuesday night.
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