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Vilsack asks voters to break 'tie' in race

Monday, November 5, 2012

Christie Vilsack told Democrats in Le Mars Friday her campaign for Congress has been like a job interview.

Vilsack campaigned for the Fourth District congressional seat during an appearance at Plymouth County Democratic Party headquarters Friday.

"Now it's time for the people of the Fourth District to decide who they think should be their representative in Washington, but also on the national news and around the world," she said.

The former teacher lives in Ames and is trying to unseat Republican Congressman Steve King, of Kiron.

Vilsack told the Le Mars gathering she thinks she is the person for the job representing the congressional district and asked for their help to get elected.

"I want to be a problem solver, not a partisan fighters and that's really what we need in Washington right now," she said.

Her plan to represent the district emphasizes education to build up a workforce to attract businesses and jobs, Vilsack said.

She also spoke of the need to create jobs connected to what is grown in Iowa.

"My plan involves innovation which is building our renewable fuels and wind and biofuel industry, which we've been doing for the last 15 years," Vilsack said.

She said innovation could create small businesses that employ 30-60 people.

Vilsack cited a $1.7 billion expansion planned by CF Industries to expand fertilizer production and add jobs at Sergeant Bluff as an example of investing in an existing ag industry.

"Those are the kind of jobs we want to create and that's about innovation, it's about agriculture and making things from what we grow so we can't ship those jobs overseas," she said.

Vilsack claimed incumbent Congressman Steve King, R-Kiron, is campaigning on issues that are causing people to disagree which she described as "divisive."

"So while I'm talking about creating jobs, he's out talking about immigration which is a divisive issue and he's out talking about dog fighting and all sorts of things like that that are much more emotional issues," she told the Le Mars group.

In the end, the Democratic candidate for Congress said the race is not about Steve King and it's not about her.

"It's really about all of you and what I want for all of you is to be able to look your children and grandchildren in the eye and say we're creating the very best jobs in the country right now in Iowa and we want you to stay and take those jobs," Vilsack said.

She said the race with King is tied and there are not enough Democrats to elect her or enough Republicans to elect the Republican incumbent.

"Thirty-seven percent of this district is independent and our task has been to create a message that would appeal to everybody, across the spectrum, Vilsack said.

She added she'd always known the race couldn't be won by a lot of votes.

"We just have to win by a little," Vilsack told approximately 25 people at the party headquarters in downtown Le Mars Friday.

She asked those attending to make sure people vote.

"I'm counting on you to do that because what you do between now and Tuesday will for me be the margin of victory because as I said 'we're tied,'" Vilsack said.

In the days leading up to the Nov. 6 election, she'd had fellow Democrats campaign with her, she said.

"I was with Vice President (Joe) Biden yesterday and I was with President (Bill) Clinton on Monday so I'm getting a lot of help from a lot of places," Vilsack said.

Her husband, U.S Secretary of Agriculture and former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack, had also joined her on the campaign trail recently, she said.

She described the campaign help from 'big guns' as giving her a 'big toolbox to work from."

"These are all people I can draw on and ask for help when I go to Congress to find out what I need to know and to learn as much as I can about representing this district so I appreciate it," Christie Vilsack said.

The most important people right now were in the county Democratic Party headquarters, the Democratic congressional candidate told the group.

"You're the ones that are going to get the vote out for me and it may only be a couple of votes in each precinct or each county, but those votes will add up and we only need to win by one," Vilsack said.

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Steve King is worth his weight in gold.

-- Posted by Becket184 on Mon, Nov 5, 2012, at 2:25 PM

Uh Christie... it was your allies that brought up dog-fighting. holy cow

-- Posted by machiavelli on Mon, Nov 5, 2012, at 6:45 PM

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