Iowa Gubernatorial Candidate Rod Roberts traveled to Council Bluffs Tuesday evening for an old fashion meet-and-greet with local Pottawattamie County Republicans and other supporters. The event was held in the Meeting Room of the Madison Avenue Hy Vee, and judging by the larger than normal crowd and the genuine enthusiasm, Roberts’ personal style and conservative massage is catching on fast.
For two hours Roberts talked, and answered questions, about the important issues and problems that face Iowans today. Out-of-control state spending, shady politics, gay marriage, and the newly passed health care reform bill were the issues that most dominated the conversation. If elected, Roberts outlined a three-pronged approach to revitalize Iowa’s lagging economy—eliminate the corporate income tax, reinforce Iowa’s right to work laws, and implement a marketing campaign that will tout Iowa’s new business friendly environment.
Roberts also addressed the gay marriage issue, and gave this advice. On the November ballot, voters should not vote a straight party line ticket. This will allow the voter the option to vote to retain, or not retain, three of the Iowa Supreme Court judges that ruled allowing gay marriage in Iowa. Roberts suggested that Iowans vote NOT TO RETAIN any of the three judges, thereby, sending a message that will undoubtedly reverberate among the remaining Iowa Supreme Court judges.
When asked about priorities, Roberts stated that within ten minutes of being elected Iowa’s Governor, he will instruct the Iowa Attorney General to join with other state Attorneys General and file suit to legally challenge the landmark health care reform bill, otherwise known as Obamacare. This response drew the greatest applause of the evening, and greatly improved his standing with the few undecided voters in the room.
While summarizing his qualifications towards the end of the evening, Roberts effectively made his case that he was the right candidate for the job. In describing the two other candidates for Iowa Governor, Roberts stated that Terry Branstad left the Governorship in 1998 and has not been involved in state politics since, and Bob Vander Plaats has never held an elected office. As State Representative for House District 51 for the last ten years, Roberts felt he was the most active candidate, and the most qualified to lead Iowa into the new decade. For those that gathered on a Tuesday evening to hear Rod Roberts speak—they agreed.