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DC Dave Dodges Debate As He Distances Himself from His Constituents

DC Dave Loebsack was set to finally debate Dr. Chris Peters this Saturday, but then Loebsack did what he does best: he dodged the opportunity to debate in front of his constituents at the last minute. Loebsack was apparently so afraid to shine a light on his troubling record for the district that he decided to undercut the established debate rules and claim that he could no longer participate. We get it, Dave: your policies are becoming more in line with the Democrats in DC than the Iowans you represent. Loebsack’s recent news hasn’t helped, either: a recent poll showed Peters within striking distance of him, and while Loebsack didn’t go up ...

RPI Statement on Tonight’s Gubernatorial Debate

Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Jeff Kaufmann released the following statement after the second debate in the Iowa Governor’s race: “Tonight, Governor Kim Reynolds built on her momentum from the first debate and further displayed why she’s the only candidate in this race with a plan to Keep Iowa Moving. While Governor Reynolds has delivered results for Iowans including historic tax reform, bipartisan mental health reform, and record K-12 funding, Fred Hubbell has repeatedly failed to offer a real vision for Iowa’s future - except for his plan to raise your taxes wherever he can. “Instead, Hubbell stuck to using partisan rhetoric ...

Fred Hubbell’s “Plan” for Iowa? Raising Every Tax He Can Find

Fred Hubbell’s “Iowa Sucks” Campaign came home to roost at last week’s debate. Under the lights, Hubbell proved that he doesn’t have any vision for Iowa’s future - instead, he’s left with poll-tested talking points that attempt to create an alternate reality contrary to Iowa’s successes.  As we approach tonight’s second Gubernatorial debate, Hubbell has made only two things clear: he’s still running an “Iowa sucks” campaign - and importantly for the taxpayers, Hubbell wants to implement every tax hike he can get his hands on. Hubbell’s Plan: Hike All the Taxes We know Hubbell would have vetoed Iowa’s historic middle ...

RPI Statement on First District Debate

RPI Chairman Jeff Kaufmann released the following statement after the conclusion of tonight’s First Congressional District debate: “While the voters of Eastern Iowa were once again shut out tonight by Abby Finkenauer’s absence on the issues, they heard a compelling record of results from Rod Blum. Despite the fact that Blum’s faced millions in attack ads from Finkenauer and her allies outside of Iowa, he’s winning over Iowans who respect that he’s offering real solutions and not hollow rhetoric. “Finkenauer’s absence on the campaign trail has left an increasing number of Iowans with more questions than answers, and the contrast ...

What Finkenauer Sees “Working The Best” on Healthcare: The $32 Trillion, Tax-Hiking Medicare for All

Tonight is the final debate between Abby Finkenauer and Congressman Rod Blum, which means it’s Absent Abby’s last chance to be upfront with Iowans about where she stands on the issues (which, shocker, she hasn’t been), including healthcare. When Finkenauer had the opportunity to share her position on healthcare with a larger audience at the first debate, she shied away from talking about Medicare for All. But when talking with a small audience of her supporters about healthcare, she wasn’t afraid to shine light on what she truly believes: “To be honest, what I see working the best would be Medicare for All. I think that is something we ...

Fred Hubbell’s “Iowa Sucks” Campaign Is Backfiring

Fred Hubbell’s performance at the first debate in the Governor’s race fell flat. For 15 months, Hubbell’s been attempting to tell Iowans how bad he thinks the state is doing - even though reality shows our economy is growing, our budget has a surplus, and incomes are rising. The progress our state is experiencing means good news for Iowans, but bad news for Fred Hubbell. “Only Fred Hubbell would label a $127 million surplus and continued positive indicators as a ‘disastrous’ direction for our state,” said Jesse Dougherty, Communications Director for the Republican Party of Iowa. “Fred Hubbell’s relentless negative campaign means ...

Cindy TaxMe’s On Defense About Her Planned Taxe Hikes

Liberal Cindy Axne dodged the tough questions during last week’s Third Congressional District debate, having no clear answer on everything from Pelosi to Medicare for All to even how she’d work with President Trump. If there’s one takeaway for Iowans from Cindy Axne’s performance, it’s that she detests the GOP tax cuts that are benefiting everyday Iowans. Even so, Axne is still dodging the fundamental truth about her plan to raise taxes on Southwest Iowans. From last week’s debate: Moderator: “You have said you would not have supported the GOP tax cuts. Doesn’t that mean you would raise taxes?” Axne: ”I have said I would ...

RPI Statement on Third Congressional District Debate

RPI Chairman Jeff Kaufmann released the following statement after the conclusion of the Third District Congressional Debate tonight: “Tonight, David Young showed why he visits all 16 counties in the Third District every month: to make sure he understands this district, its constituents, and their priorities like the back of his hand. Southwest Iowans were reassured tonight that they have a fighter for them in Congress. Whether they are Iowans with pre-existing conditions or defenders of our freedoms, David Young has worked tirelessly to ensure that their voices are heard. “In contrast, Cindy Axne is the candidate who would take marching ...

Axne’s Appalling Anti-Ag Record Becomes Front and Center

President Trump came back to Council Bluffs this week to announce he’s kept another promise: to approve the usage of E15 year round. This is great news for our ethanol industry and our farmers, building off of the new trade agreement with Mexico and Canada and the effective blockage of the harmful Waters of the US Rule (WOTUS). But the problem for Southwest Iowans is that while Cindy Axne praised the E15 announcement, she can’t be trusted on ag. “Cindy Axne is so far to the left of Iowa’s farmers that she still supports Obama’s harmful WOTUS rule and is being bankrolled by liberal groups that oppose ethanol production,” said Jesse ...

RPI Statement on First Debate in Iowa Governor’s Race

Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Jeff Kaufmann released the following statement after the first debate in the Iowa Governor’s race tonight: “Tonight’s debate showed what Fred Hubbell’s doom and gloom campaign can’t ignore: under Governor Kim Reynolds, Iowa is working. Governor Reynolds understands what makes Iowa tick, and it showed tonight as she was the clear winner. Her leadership will continue to make our state the best place to live in the country, and she’s only just getting started. “If it were up to Fred Hubbell, Iowans would be subject to higher taxes and a far-left agenda that we can’t afford. There’s only one candid...