Congressional candidate and former Iowa First Lady Christie Vilsack got an earful from two pro-life Democrats during her “Listening Tour” stop in Onawa Thursday. 22 Democrats attended the event. The crowd was divided into three smaller groups, and she visited with each group for about 20 minutes each.
Toward the end of the event, two of the attendees talked with Vilsack for a few minutes about the looming threat of late-term abortionist Leroy Carhart opening a business in western Iowa. One lady gave Vilsack a newspaper article about Carhart and said, “I’m concerned. Are we going to be the capital of abortion in Iowa? The Midwest, not just Iowa?” Vilsack’s response was, “Well, I’m sure this is an issue that is gonna come up, and we’ll have a …,” before the lady interrupted her to discuss the issue more.
A man on the other side of the table then joined the conversation and pointed out that “50 million kids have been aborted and there’s guys that could have been a future President of the United States, or a future representative or a doctor or a lawyer.” He later added, “We’ve got to do something”.
Vilsack never told the attendees her stance on Carhart, late-term abortions, or the life issue in general. That is probably because she did not want them to know that she has spent the last few years as the executive director of The Iowa Institute, an umbrella group of abortion providers. It is obvious her views on life will be a very difficult sell in the new 4th Congressional District, even among Democrats.
For the most part, Vilsack is avoiding talking about the issues. Instead, she asks them repeatedly about what they think “Iowa values” are and if there are any interesting spots in the area she should visit. “I’m not really answering so many questions as I am listening to you,” Vilsack said just seconds before the abortion topic came up.
Vilsack did make her stance known on one topic. She loves anything funded by the taxpayers. “I feel very strongly about public institutions,” Vilsack said. “I’m a public schoolteacher, this is a public library, public health, public transportation. Public means of the people. I think it’s really important that we support the institutions. To me, that’s about the value of giving people an opportunity through our institutions and supporting them.”
At the end of each stop, Vilsack promises that she will return “many times”. It is clear she has already decided to run against Congressman Steve King in 2012. It will be very interesting to see what she decides her values are.
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