Thursday, July 24, 2008

The Weekly Stampede - July 23, 2008

House Republicans Lead Opponents in Campaign Cash

Republican candidates for the Iowa House are leading their Democrat opponents in cash reserves according to financial reports filed this week with the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board. Reports due Monday, July 21st, show Republican candidates hold a $12,500 advantage in cash on hand, a key indicator of campaign strength heading into the November elections.

We are in a very solid position right now,” said House Republican Leader Christopher Rants, R-Sioux City. “If fundraising stays at the pace we expect, then our chances look very good to win the seats necessary to take back the majority in the Iowa House.”

During the reporting period, ending on July 14th, Republicans running for the Iowa House had $1,177,107 cash on hand compared to the Democrat candidates having banked $1,164,602. Republicans in leadership positions out raised the Democrat leaders by nearly two to one and reported twice as much cash on hand.

The candidates running under the Republican banner this year are the most qualified, aggressive, and effective campaigners that I’ve ever worked with,” said Kraig Paulsen, R-Hiawatha. “They’re fundraising hard, knocking on doors, and doing all the things it takes to win their elections.”


Iowa Veterans Unite Behind John McCain

DES MOINES, IA -- U.S. Senator John McCain's presidential campaign announced the launch of the Iowa Veterans for McCain Leadership with a gathering at the state capitol to pledge their support for John McCain and to screen the campaign video entitled, "The Obama Iraq Documentary: Whatever the Politics Demand."

"Whether as a soldier, a leader or a citizen, John McCain has always put his country first," said Curly Hultman, Chair of Iowa Veterans for McCain. "He has been a tireless advocate for our troops who are currently serving, as well as all the soldiers from different generations who have returned to civilian life. Unlike his opponent, John McCain doesn't need to make campaign stops overseas in an attempt to beef up his foreign policy credentials. He already has the credentials, the experience and the judgment we need. That is why veterans throughout Iowa are eager to give our support to John McCain."

Chuck Larson Sr., Vice Chair of the Iowa Veterans for McCain, added, "My son and I have both spent time in the combat zone in Iraq, and I can say that in these dangerous times we cannot afford to have an inexperienced commander in chief. We need a leader with strong foreign policy and national security experience and that is Senator John McCain.

Featured speakers included Iowa Veterans for McCain Chairman Major General (Ret.) Evan (Curly) Hultman and Vice Chairman Colonel (Ret.) Charles (Chuck) Larson Sr.

Click Here to see the entire Iowa Veterans for John McCain Leadership Team.