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Officer Thomas Hadden, Correctional Officer Tim Jacques and Teacher Doug Walter Respond to Romney’s Economic Plan to Cut Jobs for Teachers, Police Officers and Firefighters PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Obama for America Press Office   
Thursday, 14 June 2012 07:03

Press Conference Ahead of Romney Event in Davenport Monday

DES MOINES – Today, Davenport Police Officer Thomas Hadden, Correctional Officer Tim Jacques and Bettendorf Teacher Doug Walter will host a press conference to respond to Mitt Romney’s comments from Friday in Council Bluffs when he revealed that he wants to cut jobs for teachers, police officers and firefighters. Romney will have to answer to these comments when his in Davenport Monday.

The Quad Citians will address Mitt Romney’s record of Governor, when he put his beliefs into action. In his first year in office, Romney slashed investments in local aid, eliminating 14,500 jobs for teachers, cops, librarians and others.  He took 600 police officers off the streets of Massachusetts and vetoed millions of dollars for fire-safety equipment.

 

Romney’s economic plans are in stark contrast to President Obama’s efforts to get more Americans back to work, putting more money into the pockets of those who are working, and creating an economy that’s built to last.

 

Thursday, June 14

11:00am

 

WHAT: Iowans to respond to Mitt Romney’s comments in Council Bluffs when he revealed that he wants to cut jobs for teachers, police officers and firefighters.

WHO: Police Officer Thomas Hadden

Teacher Doug Walter

Correctional Officer Tim Jacques

 

WHERE: OFA Headquarters

1706 Brady St. #205

Davenport, IA 52803

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Former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack to Hold Conference Call to Announce Rural Iowans for Obama Steering Committee PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Obama for America Press Office   
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 08:43

DES MOINES – Today, former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack will host a conference call to announce the Rural Iowans for Obama Steering Committee.  Two members of the Rural Steering Committee, Bruce Rohwer, a corn farmer from Northwest Iowa and member of the Iowa Corn Growers Association and Cathy Lafrenz a small business owner, who runs Miss Effie’s Country Flowers from rural Scott County, will join former Iowa Governor Vilsack on the call.

The call will focus on the work the Obama administration has done to support rural Iowans and grow new economic opportunities for small towns, farmers, and Iowans across the state. Since day one, President Obama has worked to build stronger and more diverse economies in rural Iowa through investments in renewable energy, manufacturing, education and agriculture.

The Rural Iowans for Obama Steering Committee Members will play a key role in organizing their communities, talking to friends and neighbors about President Obama’s record to build an economy that is built to last and Mitt Romney’s lack of experience in dealing with rural issues and agriculture. Rural Iowans and Iowans all across the state launched President Obama’s campaign in 2008 and will be critical to this next election.

Members of the committee come from Alta, Ames, Birmingham, Chelsea, Clarinda, Clear Lake, Creston, Des Moines, Donahue, Emmetsburg, Fort Dodge, Graettinger, Indianola, Lacona, Mingo, Mt. Pleasant, New Vienna, Paullina, Polk City, Walnut and Waukee.

Wednesday, June 13

1:00 PM

WHAT: Former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack will host a conference call to announce the Rural Iowans for Obama Steering Committee Members

WHO: Former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack

Bruce Rohwer, of Paullina, corn farmer from Northwest Iowa and member of the Iowa Corn Growers Association.

Cathy Lafrenz, of Donahue, small business owner in rural Scott County, running Miss Effie’s Country Flowers.

RSVP: Click here to RSVP 

Please note: Tom Vilsack will be speaking to press in his personal capacity on behalf of Obama for America.  Please refrain from using his official title at the event and in related press reports, and note that we will not be taking questions concerning his official responsibilities.


 
Loebsack Calls for Ending Taxpayer Funding of Presidential Nominating Conventions PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 08:14

Becomes first House Democrat to sign on to bill

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack recently became the first Democrat in the House to cosponsor legislation that would end the taxpayer provided subsidies for political party conventions.  The legislation, HR 5912, will prohibit the use of public funds for political party conventions and return the funds for deficit reduction.

“Under no circumstance does it make sense that the presidential nominating conventions held every four years by both Democrats and Republicans are paid for in part by the American taxpayers.  There is no question that each political party has the resources to privately fund each event and is not in need of public support.

“Working families sitting around their kitchen tables have had to make tough decisions about how to cut their budgets.  Eliminating this subsidy seems like a pretty easy decision for Congress to make to help get their own fiscal house in order. This is outdated and outrageous and needs to end.”

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State Rep. Tyler Olson Responds to Mitt Romney’s Promise to Cut Jobs for Firefighters, Police, Teachers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Elizabeth Purchia   
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 07:55

DES MOINES – On Friday, Mitt Romney mocked the President’s plan to keep teachers in the classroom and to put fire fighters and cops to work protecting our communities in Council Bluffs, IA.  With Romney’s announcement yesterday that he will return to the state next week, State Rep. Tyler Olson responded to Mitt Romney’s job elimination plan.

Watch a video of Mitt Romney’s comments on Friday HERE.

“I talk to Iowans every day and they are thankful for the service and sacrifice of our police, firefighters, and teachers who working tirelessly to make sure every Iowan has a shot at the American Dream and the opportunity to live in a safe, prosperous community. These are hard-working folks who want to make their cities and towns a better place by teaching our children and responding in times of crisis. President Obama is focused on getting more Iowans back to work, putting more money into the pockets of those who are working and creating an economy that’s built to last. An important part of the President’s jobs plan would put more first responders on our streets and teachers in our classrooms.

“On Friday, in a stunning moment of candor right here in Iowa, Mitt Romney mocked that idea. He said we need to ‘cut back on government and help the American people’ – suggesting teachers, police officers and firefighters don’t help the American people, do unnecessary jobs, or make essential contributions to our communities. Everyone but Mitt Romney knows that without teachers, police officers and firefighters doing their jobs our communities can’t function.

“Mitt Romney will need to explain to firefighters, teachers, policemen and all Iowans when he returns to the state next week why he plans to cut their jobs just like he did in Massachusetts, undermining our recovery and hurting the middle class. Romney Economics didn’t work then and it won’t work now. We know that firefighters, policemen, and teachers are the backbone of successful communities and Romney suggesting they aren’t vital to our well-being is just another example of how out of touch he is with Iowa's priorities.”

 
Loebsack Statement on the Primary Election Results PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Fritsch   
Friday, 08 June 2012 12:28
Iowa City, IA – Congressman Dave Loebsack delivered the following remarks this evening after winning the Democratic nomination in Iowa’s Second Congressional District.  Below is the text of his remarks, as prepared for delivery.

“Thank you all so much!

“I want to thank all of the great volunteers who have been making phone calls, displaying yard signs, and supporting my campaign.

“I truly could not do any of this without you and I’m incredibly honored by all of the support and enthusiasm you have shown.

“One of the traits of our Democratic Party that makes us great is that we’re a big tent – we include folks with all sorts of views and we’re stronger for it.

“Senator Seng has served Davenport and our state for years, and I’d like to thank him for his dedicated service and for the respectful primary that was run.

“There are many things he and I agree on and I hope to have his support as we work towards November.

“Because I think we all know that the tough work begins tomorrow.

“We’ve already seen SuperPacs and national political groups taking an interest in this race.  And it’s only going to increase starting tomorrow.

“We have our work cut out for us.

“Because November 6th is going to be about choices.

“Do Iowa families come before special interests?

“Do seniors have a safety net in retirement or will their Social Security be privatized and their Medicare turned into vouchers?

“Will Iowa families be able to send their kids to college?

“And will we live in a country where women are paid equal wages for equal work?

“These are the choices that will be made in November.

“And over the next five months, we need to tell Iowans what’s at stake.

“It’s going to take a lot of work but I’m ready to get to work and I know you are too!

“And it’s going to be worth it.  Because this election is critical.

“Iowans are hurting.

“And we’ve been hurting for way too long.

“We’re not just worried that our kids and grandkids aren’t going to have the same opportunities we had to work hard and succeed; we’re worried about jobs and what each day holds for middle-class families who just can’t catch a break in this economy.

“But the Republican Congress and their nominee to run our great nation are far more focused on rewarding their special interest backers, ending Medicare as we know it, and declaring a war on women than they are in creating jobs, making sure families can send their kids to college, restoring the American Dream, and rebuilding an economy that works for ALL Iowans.

“That’s not just misguided priorities – it’s flat out wrong.

“My priority is, and always will be, supporting and strengthening working families and getting Iowans back to work – creating good jobs for hard-working Iowans.

“Iowa’s best days are ahead of us.

“And if we fight together, we’ll make those better days a reality for everyone.

“Because, if we don’t, the Republicans will win and Iowans will lose.

“Our priorities are Iowans’ priorities.

“And we must fight together to make those priorities heard.

“I cannot thank all of you enough for your support today and over the past weeks and months.

“I’m looking forward to working shoulder to shoulder with you all the way to victory in November!

“Thank you again!”

 
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