Race for Iowa: Bachmann, Perry campaign in Council Bluffs


December 28th, 2011

Editorial note: In the final week before the Iowa caucuses on Jan. 3, KVNO News will take a look at the final candidates vying for the GOP nomination. Tuesday, we examined two candidates low in the polls but still knocking on doors: Jon Huntsman and Rick Santorum. Today, we’ll look at two more candidates who made a splash at the start of the race, and have since struggled to maintain momentum at the polls: Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry. Both stopped in Council Bluffs on Tuesday.

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Michele Bachmann brought her campaign tour bus to Council Bluffs Tuesday. (Photo by Robyn Wisch)

Omaha, NE – Michele Bachmann made a late-planned stop at Scooter’s Coffee House in Council Bluffs Tuesday morning. The Congresswoman from Minnesota has portrayed herself as the “true conservative” in the race. Met by a throng of reporters, Bachmann touted her credentials on two hallmark issues of social conservatives: gay marriage and abortion.

“I believe that children have the right to life because they are made, as we all are, in the image and likeness of a holy God,” Bachmann said. “This is an inalienable right that’s guaranteed to us through the Declaration of Independence,” she said. “And if we don’t respect those who are born and unborn, then our morals and values will be without meaning in the future.”

Bachmann said she has a 100 percent pro-life record, and took aim at the other candidates in the race, calling them “confused” about their positions.

“This is an issue that our candidate can’t get wrong, and can’t take lightly,” Bachmann said.

John Michael Hogue, 15, said he supports Bachmann because "she stands on her principles." (Photo by Robyn Wisch)

“I’m both privately and publicly pro-life. And our candidate has to do more than just check the box on this issue of life. They need to have a proven record when it comes to standing up for the unborn, and not be confused about what that means.”

Bachmann also called the other candidates confused on gay marriage, taking aim at Mitt Romney, who she said has signed “multiple marriage licenses for same-sex couples” while Governor of Massachusetts. Bachmann said she would fight for a federal constitutional amendment that would overrule states that have legalized same-sex marriage.

Bachmann signed a few autographs inside Scooters on Broadway in Council Bluffs. (Photo by Robyn Wisch)

Bachmann won the Iowa Straw Poll in August, but has since fallen in the polls. She’s currently sitting at an average of 8.7 percent in Iowa, according to Real Clear Politics. That’s down from a peak of 27 percent. But Bachmann has performed well in debates, particularly recently. And that has some supporters, like John Michael Hogue of Omaha, hopeful she’ll pull ahead.

“I like that she stands on her principles,” Hogue said. “I think she’d be open to legislative compromise, because I think that’s the kind of compromise Americans want. But like she said, she’s not for sale. She’s not going to compromise her values and beliefs.”

Hogue will have to wait a while before he can demonstrate that support, however. He’s still a high-school sophomore.

Iowans filed into Council Bluffs' Main Street Cafe to hear Rick Perry Tuesday morning. (Photo by Robyn Wisch)

Pulling ahead of Bachmann, at a 12 percent polling average in Iowa, is Texas Governor Rick Perry. Perry also made a stop in Council Bluffs Tuesday. His event was put on his public schedule earlier, and drew a larger crowd.

Dozens crammed in to the Main Street Café in downtown Council Bluffs, where resident Mark Allman was squeezed in at the back. He said the two most important issues to him are the federal debt and illegal immigration. And what’s keeping him undecided on Perry is his support for in-state tuition in Texas for children born to illegal immigrants.

“I really like him until I heard about the in-state tuition in Texas for illegal aliens,” Allman said.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio from Arizona introduced Perry at the event, giving his endorsement. (Photo by Robyn Wisch)

“Now I just really don’t know. I get the impression that Joe Arpaio supports him, so that’s good. So I’m going to listen, and hopefully he can sway me over.”

Joe Arpaio is the sheriff of Maricopa County in Arizona, where he’s well known for his crackdown on illegal immigrants. He was there to introduce Perry and help beef his border credentials, and Perry drove the point home at the podium.

“And here’s my pledge to you,” Perry said. “We will secure that border. We will shut it down within one year after my hand comes off of that Bible.”

Perry also touted his fiscal record at the campaign stop. That includes, he said, cutting spending, creating jobs and balancing budgets. He also has an idea to cut spending, and “government interference,” on Capitol Hill.

The room was packed at Perry's event. A few found some room on the balcony. (Photo by Robyn Wisch)

“One of the real keys to making Washington inconsequential in your life is to have a part-time Congress,” Perry said. “Cut their pay in half, cut their time in half that they spend there, cut their staffs in half. Send ‘em back home and let ‘em get a real job like you have to work to keep this country going.”

Perry made a big splash in the race when he first jumped in. But some verbal blunders along the way have kept his numbers slipping.

Thursday, we’ll look at two candidates who’ve been vying for the lead nationally: Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney.


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  1. Dave francis says:

    Surprisingly in 2012 Kansas State Democratic Leaders will mark the second year in a row that will introduce jobs legislation with an explicit immigration-enforcement component. The ‘Kansas Job First’ plan would require state and local governments, and their contractors, to use E-Verify for vetting new hires.

    “With Families are still struggling to keep a roof over their head, to pay for their child’s doctor bills, to keep their gas tank full,” Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley said at a Dec. 21 new conference announcing the plan. The E-Verify component is expected to be similar to that contained in Bill H.B.2026 which was introduced in Jan. 2011. The odd thing about another state immigration law is they could sponsor Lamar Smith’s Law (R-TX) and start to eliminate illegal aliens from the workplace. Doesn’t Sen. Hensley know that three Democrats, have gone against their own party and signed onto the nationwide H.R. 2885–E-Verify, ‘The Legal Workforce Act?

    Related legislation announced would crack down on businesses that misclassified their employees as independent contractors to avoid paying payroll taxes or minimum wages. Or most recently in California in not applying federal immigration laws the state is weighed down with illegal aliens as is Nevada. They even now condoning that foreign nationals who are driving without a driver’s license not have their car impounded. As a legal resident see how far you get without a driver’s license or insurance. Does the Sanctuary State—the haven for criminal illegal aliens, ID thieves and a rising crime rate, think they are immune from federal intervention? But I guess they are under the Liberal Obama administration and the political pirates in Sacramento stealing taxpayer’s money to support illegal aliens and their instant citizen babies, that the payee is the residents. Even before they arrive in sunny California illegal parents have a ‘Bill of Fare’ to all the free entitlement programs they can access. There is massive welfare fraud in the ‘Once Golden State’ that has compromised low income Americans by illegal aliens.

    Wouldn’t it make more sense to co-sponsor the Mandatory ‘Legal Workforce bill’ or the federal E-Verify for all 50 states? The so-called unbiased Department of Justice headed by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will likely sue Kansas, as they have against Arizona, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina. Admittedly, they haven’t judiciously assaulted South Carolina and North Carolina, but the threat is lingering there? But what is a state to do when hundreds of thousands or even millions have crossed state borders and raiding the welfare system. Arizona was the first state to cry out in financial pain, under the impact of unfunded mandates of health care and education for the offspring of the children of illegal aliens; expecting resident taxpayers to foot the fiscal burden. Yet the US government has sat on its rear for decades, until the numbers of illegal aliens that have entered this country by overstaying visas, or slipping past the Border Patrol has duplicated in number and in triplicates. The cost for all citizens and legal residents is unbearable and lawmaker like former Speaker Newt Gingrich wants to be generous and give them a free pass.

    No Way says the Chairman Michele Bachmann (R-MN) head of the growing numbers of Tea Party members in thousands of small chapters. No amnesty of any form, No Dream Act and No Sanctuary Cities, where officials will be prosecuted for disobeying federal law. Years of unconcerned administrations has brought this abomination on themselves and its people, which they supposedly elected to protect. The Obama household of Liberal Socialists has failed to secure the border on their watch, although for a time the president has set a standard of ridding this country of criminal aliens; that however has slowed, owing to the open border critics screaming their spittle of lies. America is forging its own destruction unless we stop this insanity now, as our own student schools are clogged with the offspring of illegal parents, hospitals forced by law to treat illegal families going bankrupt and a overloaded prison system filled with thousands of murderous drunken drivers, drug dealers, pedophiles and other heinous assortments. Is this Americas future of having to carry the enormous yoke of illegal aliens, which is stealing average peoples, young children’s, the dead and even troop’s overseas Social Security numbers; nothing is sacred anymore, including that only citizens vote?

    My story about ID theft is similar to most of the hundreds of thousands of other people. I’m a retiree now, but it wasn’t so long ago that I was a partner in a small business. The company based in Indianapolis was succeeding quite well. I was suddenly taken ill and whisked off to hospital. During the time in hospital one of the 4 graphic artists the company had hired, found my Social Security number, Drivers license and other pertinent ID in my desk. It wasn’t until I returned to the office in the large house we owned, when the mail man gave me registered letters from large stores and when the phones began ringing from aggressive debt collectors that I was made aware of the credit theft that confronted me? I was enlightened when I applied to the three main credit bureaus; somebody had taken advantage of my illness and stole my personal information.

    The graphic artists we had hired temporarily had already completed the work and had since vanished. After realizing the seriousness of my situation I hired a attorney office to try and resolve my problem. So far, many of the accounts have been repaired. However, I refused to pay for something that was not mine, so I’m still haunted by debt collectors. As yet my credit report is still in the red, but I have upgraded credit score. However there are still four accounts that remain my responsibility, even though the amount owed is just $3,600 dollars. Prior to this predicament, by chance I found that three persons were using my SS number to get employment. I informed the Social Security Administration and they had located one of the criminals, working as a Security guard in a Security business in Houston, TX. The SSA told me not to worry and so far, the problem has not been cured to my satisfaction?

    People are complaining to the Social Security Administration, the police and other agencies, but little or nothing has been done to halt this very lucrative enterprise? Millions of innocent victims are having their personal ID stolen and even being accused of running up revolving accounts and other credit. Billions of dollars are being stolen and the—DO NOTHINGS—In Congress have not even recognized it as a damaging issue, that must be stopped.



    Save our nation from economic illegal aliens, bleeding our health care, education, public assistance and crowded prison system. We need to secure our borders and check all airline passengers who over-stay their visas–permanently. Our taxes are being extorted by the IRS for instant citizenship for babies, with a rising cost of $113 billion dollars a year as specified by a survey from the Heritage Foundation. Contractors are some of the worst offenders, stealing jobs from reputable honest companies; large and small.

    Your state is represented on the Judiciary Committee and can be reached through the Washington Switchboard at 202-224-3121 to make E-Verify a mandatory law. You will only get the facts from NumbersUSA, American Patrol, Judicial Watch, so you can read about the corruption we have inherited in Congress and individual state Capitols. Of course there is growing opposition from mainly the Leftist Progressives, Democrats and even certain Republicans? The Liberal wants the future voting blocs and GOP establishment insists cheap labor for their campaign contributors. Join the Tea Party as they will work to free America from Congressional oppression and the corruption that’s matured in Congress and state legislators. Join the Tea Party; merge and reduce government; return agencies such as Department of Education back to states; Dispatch the unfair tax code and draft a new flat tax, with no special privileges for mega farms, the food industry, international corporations or any financial donor to the politicians. Obama wants to borrow another 1.3 Trillion dollars from foreign countries, so the TEA PARTY says No! Appose other elevated financial costs to taxpayers and our grandchildren. Demand Washington and our bloated government borrow no more money and liver with what is taken in by the IRS.

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