Iowa Congressman Steve King pulled no punches during his speech at the Iowa State Fair soapbox on Wednesday. The conservative firebrand slammed his favorite target, ObamaCare, and the need for a full repeal of the law. King also issued a challenge to Republican presidential nominee-to-be Mitt Romney.
“I want to ask Mitt Romney, will you call for a mandate from the American people for a balanced budget amendment to the United States Constitution,” King said. “Will you use the bully pulpit of the presidency to pressure Congress to pass a balanced budget amendment out of the House, out of the United States Senate, send it to the states for ratification, where I want Iowa to be the very first state to ratify a balanced budget amendment to the United States Constitution.”
A group of liberal protestors planned to disrupt Congressman King’s speech, but fair security and the King campaign thwarted their attempts. The CREDO group, which often protests at King events, planned to bring two cakes into the fairgrounds, possibly to throw at Congressman King. However, gate security would not allow them to bring the cakes through the fair gates.
Attempts to sneak the cakes in also failed. A dozen or so protestors did attend the King speech at the fair soapbox, however they were boxed in on all sides by the congressman’s supporters. That included one conspicuous protestor who planned to use a funnel cake as a prop, but was unable to get close to Congressman King.
The protestors were greatly outnumbered by 300-400 King supporters. There were no disruptions during the Fifth District congressman’s speech and he was cheered wildly by 99.5% of the crowd. When King finished his 15-minute dialogue, the liberal group began chanting, “Cut the cake, save Social Security”. The chant made sense only to the group of protestors and was drowned out by the conservatives in the crowd chanting, “King! King!”
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