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June 19th, 2013
 

David Young Begins to Hone His Message

When David Young officially entered the race for the U.S. Senate, he made sure that people knew he was his own man and not merely a clone of his former boss, Sen. Chuck Grassley.  Having served as Grassley’s Chief of Staff for seven years, making that distinction was probably necessary, but there is little doubt that Young’s association with Grassley is what makes him a legitimate candidate to replace retiring Sen. Tom Harkin.

Young spoke to the Des Moines Conservative Breakfast meeting on Tuesday morning.  Unlike in his initial interviews as he entered the race, Young now seems to have honed a message that he will use across the state.  He also mentioned Grassley’s name no less than ten times during his 15-minute speech.  Being your own man is one thing, but distancing yourself from one of the most popular and respected politicians in the state was never a good idea.

There was still plenty of background information included in Young’s speech.  He talked about growing up in Van Meter a lot, and how his dream job had always been working for Grassley in Washington.  Young also hit on common themes that regularly turn up in candidate speeches like, jobs, the economy, and the debt and deficit.  He said that he favors a tax system that is flatter and fairer, although he admitted on WHO Radio that he wasn’t aware of the Fair Tax a couple of weeks ago.

Young wants permanent tax reform for individuals and corporations.    He also pushed for a balanced budget amendment by reminding those in attendance that 49 of the 50 states have some sort of balanced budget mechanism with which they must comply.  He then pointed out that Sen. Grassley is in line to be the chairman of the Judiciary Committee should Republicans gain control of the chamber after the 2014 election, which would have jurisdiction over a balanced budget amendment.

As a U.S. Senator, Young said that he would strive to be an “equal opportunity watchdog,” by rooting out waste, fraud, and abuse in the federal government.  Young stated that he learned first hand how to conduct oversight investigations from the master, Chuck Grassley.

Before concluding his remarks, Young said that we need to take an all-encompassing approach to stopping the implementation of Obamacare that includes repealing, slowing down, and defunding Obamacare.  He then lamented the fact that he remembers when you could count government scandals on one hand, now it takes two.  “In addition to a spending deficit, we also have a deficit of accountability and trust,” Young said.  He mentioned fast and furious, the IRS scandal, the AP scandal, and Benghazi.

Young concluded his remarks by saying that Republicans can beat Bruce Braley in November of 2014.  “Congressman Braley is beatable. He’s vulnerable. He’s not as well known, [or] as popular as folks think or even he thinks, even in his own district. He has a very liberal record that is out of step with everyday Iowans – even more liberal than Tom Harkin.”

For more information on Young’s campaign, go to YoungforIowa.com.

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Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of TheIowaRepublican.com, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country. Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and TheIowaRepublican.com as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states. Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site, TheIowaRepublcian.com. Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing. Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.




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