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March 12th, 2014

Convention Speeches: Third Congressional District Candidates (VIDEO)

The Republican candidates running to replace Tom Latham as Iowa’s representative in the Third Congressional District all converged on Ankeny High School Saturday to speak to the delegates at the Polk County GOP convention. Each was hoping to gain an edge in what is expected to be a very competitive contest.

Below is a look at each of the speeches:

Matt Schultz

Although he is none for being a one-issue politician, Matt Schultz showed he has a firm grasp of the issues by delving into various topics during his speech. He spoke of fixing Washington, with the main target being Obamacare.

“When I go to Washington, I am going to fight to make sure that we repeal Obamacare,” Schultz said. “If we want to fi Washington, we have to repeal Obamacare and we have to put a free market solution in that allows people to purchase insurance across state lines, which allows small businesses to group together, which forces transparency and wellness. We have to replace it with that.”

He also spoke of the nation’s crushing debt, a balanced budget amendment and instituting term limits.

“Honestly, if we want to fix Washington, we need term limits. We have to have term limits,” Schultz said. “I love Chuck Grassley, but every Chuck Grassley there’s Chuck Schumer, Harry Reid, Diane Feinstein, Dick Durbin. Go down the list. We can’t afford anymore of those people going to Washington.”

Schultz has always impressed voters on the stump and Saturday’s performance was no different. All of the candidates delivered solid speeches, but Schultz’s shined above the others and was probably the best overall speech of the day, outshining 23 other candidates and officials.

As usual, Schultz echewed speaking from behind the podium. In doing so, he brings himself closer to the audience in a literal and figurative sense. It is an effective technique and one that Schultz is very comfortable in.


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