MASON CITY — Republican U.S. Rep. Steve King wasted no time Tuesday in separating his views from those of Christie Vilsack, his Democratic opponent in the November election.

King, of Kiron, speaking to about 30 supporters at the Historic Park Inn Hotel, said he has a four-point platform.

• Repeal Obamacare.

• Balance the federal budget.

• Promote Iowa’s renewable energy resources and American-made energy.

• Create jobs by cutting taxes and government regulations.

“I think Christie Vilsack disagrees with me on every one of these points,” he said.

“Full, 100-percent repeal of Obamacare is my number one plank and the number one plank of Mitt Romney,” he said.

During a question-answer session at the end of his talk, a man in the front row of the audience challenged him on remarks the man said King had previously made about Medicare.

King told the man he was mistaken, to which the questioner, who identified himself as “Chris,” said, “You are a liar. You are a professional liar and a homophobic.”

The crowd booed, King told the man, “We’re done, I don’t have to put up with this,” and a plain-clothes police officer came over, took the man by the arm, and led him out of the room.

Regarding the economy, King said, “The will to balance the federal budget does not exist in the Congress today. The Ryan budget still doesn’t balance the budget for 26 years. That’s not fast enough.”

He said he’d like to see a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced federal budget and for Iowa to be the first state to approve it.

King said he believes in an “all of the above” energy strategy that includes everything, including approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

“In opposing the Keystone Pipeline, President Obama has rejected tens of thousands of American jobs and countless barrels of new American energy,” he said.

“We need to do with renewable energy what Texas did with oil. We need to sell it to the rest of the world.”

King’s final point was how Americans are losing their freedom because of all the government regulations, and how the situation has worsened during the Obama administration.

“Younger people don’t generate as many ideas as previous generations did,” said King.

He said in his generation, if someone had an idea, they’d say “there’s no law against it” so they’d try it.

Today, King said, people have to check to see if they have government permission to try something.

King is a five-term congressman from northwestern Iowa. Redistricting has placed him in the new 4th District which reaches into north central Iowa.

Vilsack, wife of U.S. agriculture secretary and former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack, has a residence in Ames and is seeking public office for the first time.

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bagodad

When guys like King say they want to repeal Obamacare, do they want to replace it with something or just go back to Americans going bankrupt because they got sick? I'm guessing King is ok with the old way. It sounds like Chris was the only one who had a clue at this event!

NathanPralle
NathanPralle

[quote]bagodad said: I'm guessing King is ok with the old way.[/quote]

Exactly. You know what? I have *awesome* health care. I don't need the benefits offered by Obamacare. But I still support the idea of massive reform because I want those who do NOT have good coverage like myself to not be screwed by the system. We can have good discussions about how better to fund it, how to get folks more skin in the game, etc., but going backwards is not acceptable to me.

Todd Blodgett
Todd Blodgett

Nathan, there ARE Republicans who have tried to, and succeeded in, helping those w/o health insurance to get the care they need. Dems REFUSE to go for Tort Reform, the lack of which drives cost$ UP. The forced practice of defensive medicine, which Docs do to avert lawsuits, is directly caused by greedy trial lawyers. Having a UK-type Loser Pay law, which also holds lawyers accountable, would dramatically LOWER health care costs.

Todd Blodgett
Todd Blodgett

Several people who attended that event commented about the large earring that the ousted man wore. Maybe he's for 'ObamaCare' because he thinks taxpayers will be on the hook to pay to have his other ear pierced, and then buy him an earring to match.

YouDon'tSaaay

Here's the link to the DMR story and video of the confrontation between King and the guy who was ejected from the meeting:

http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2012/05/22/man-calls-steve-king-a-professional-liar-is-removed-from-event/

Citizen1

Mr. Blodgett, you continue to throw out the tired example of tort reform as the answer to our health care debacle. Please do your research and you will discover that malpractice suits are not even on the radar of affecting health care costs in this discussion. And again...do some research and find that the Heritage Foundation was the initial instigator of what is now termed "Obamacare"; where individuals would be required to purchase insurance.

Brittanicus


HOW MANY DOLLARS IS YOUR STATE CONTRIBUTING TO ILLEGAL ALIEN WELFARE?

Bring in the top of the cream with the highest credentials and qualifications, but not annual millions of poorly skilled as so called skilled contenders for jobs covertly? Partisan Senators have drafted a bill to bring more STEM workers (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) workers to the U.S. What the politicians and pressure groups have failed to inform, is that there are qualified, U.S. workers out there to

Todd Blodgett
Todd Blodgett

'Citizen1', I HAVE done my research. I've spoken with M.D.'s, hospital administrators, and legal analysts about tort reform. And even ATLA doesn't dispute the idea that if the USA passed a UK-style, 'Loser Pay' law, which ALSO made loser's lawyers pay the winner's attorney's fees in the event that their clients couldn't pay, AND required them to pay for all court costs, and if lawyers weren't allowed to use contingency fee schemes, health insurance costs would plummet.

LGBTAlly
LGBTAlly

The title of the article: "King outlines platform for less government." Many Iowans already know what to do:

For less and more effective gov't,
elect anyone BUT Steve King.

Ezekiel
Ezekiel

Down with King. Obamacare helps us Po' Folks. End of story.

Todd Blodgett
Todd Blodgett

'Ally' says, "for less and more effective gov't, elect anyone BUT Steve King." But even liberals ADMIT that 'ObamaCare' is a MASSIVE gov't program, unprecedented in its scope, co$t, and power over our citizens. King OPPOSES it, while Vilsack FAVORS it. King also voted against the gov't funding of the Union takeover of GM, and against Solyndra, etc. Vilsack is FOR all of those. King CONSISTENTLY votes AGAINST more gov't programs, and spending. So HOW is King for overall LESS gov't than Vilsack?

LGBTAlly
LGBTAlly

No need to drag Obama, Vilsack, or anyone else into the discussion: King's record is deplorable in and of itself. As for his so-called platform, it's just empty rhetoric for the benefit of those who might be considered his audience.

Todd Blodgett
Todd Blodgett

Ally: your claim that King's record is "deplorable" either is wrong, OR many honorable citizens, LOTS of whom have done MUCH for Iowa and the USA, are dupes. Assuming you're not wrong, how is it that you're smarter and more knowledgeable than the successful, well-informed, CHARITABLE citizens who attended King's MC visit? King asked my dad, about whom you've written very favorably on this site, to introduce him to those at the Park Inn. Do you REALLY think my parents support a "deplorable" man?

Todd Blodgett
Todd Blodgett

'Zeke', I understand how you feel about the need to help poor people with their heath care/medical needs - and we AGREE. But what's wrong with vouchers for the truly needy, and exempting all U.S. citizens with net, AGI of under $50K, from having to pay federal taxes, AND implementing the Republican F.A.P., which passed the U.S. House in 1970? 100's of BILLION$ could be saved, long-term, with this compassionate approach, and 99% of the bureaucrats could be fired. That's how to BEST help the poor.

LGBTAlly
LGBTAlly

Todd, my friend, your parents are well known, staunch party regulars whose good will and support is sought by Republican candidates in this part of the world. It may be more relevant to ask if your father accepted the invitation to introduce King, and with what grumblings and reservations. After all, we all know that your parents outclass King by a long shot.

Citizen1

Todd Blodgett-how convenient of you to ignore the fact that the plan used as a basis for the Affordable Health Care Act was designed by Heritage Foundation/Republicans. Reps only oppose it because they didn't present it and President Obama did. And your research is faulty; numerous studies show that effect of tort reform on health care costs is theoretically ambiguous and some liability creates incentives to take greater precautions and avoid unnecessary risks. Reps & King have no plan.

Citizen1

Todd; if you & your family are going to support King, you better get your talking points straight--especially about the 50% of people that don't pay taxes.For 50 percent of those that don’t pay federal income taxes, standard deductions and personal exemptions are enough to counteract their taxable earnings;A couple with two children earning less than $26,400, will pay no federal income tax in 2011 because their $11,600 standard deduction and four exemptions of of $3,700 cuts income to nil.

Citizen1

22 percent are senior citizens who get a more generous standard deduction, can exclude some or all of their Social Security income and may have tax-exempt interest from mutual funds and municipal bonds. For those who itemize, charitable contributions and medical expense deductions also subtract from their tax liability.
15 percent are working families, many of them low-income, who qualify for one or all of the Earned Income tax credit, the Child tax credit, the Child and Dependent Care tax cred

Citizen1

The remaining 13 percent are a mix of mostly higher-income individuals with enough itemized deductions for items like mortgage interest, health payments, or charitable contributions, education tax credits, or tax exempt interest to zero out their income taxes.

From May 26,2012 issue-Business Insider.

You're welcome.

Todd Blodgett
Todd Blodgett

'Citizen1' - Heritage's plan and 'ObamaCare' are VERY different. The type of Tort Reform described on May 24 would DEFINITELY lower medical costs, especially where 'defensive medicine' is concerned. Run those ideas past an M.D., and you'll see why. Regardless of the REASON, I believe it's simply wrong for those who benefit more from gov't than they pay in taxes to be able to negate the votes of net federal taxpayers. Disenfranchising them will end gridlock in the most effective possible manner.

Todd Blodgett
Todd Blodgett

In reply to 'Citizen1': the health care plan you cited, which you correctly said was proposed by the Heritage Foundation, didn't (and doesn't) represent united conservative thinking. Back in about 2002, in DC, a pro-business group called 'ALEC' sponsored a legislative conference in which my father spoke on health care. Several Heritage scholars asked him - and other speakers - about such mandates, and he and the others ALL opposed them. The CATO Institute better represents conservative opinion.

Citizen1

No Todd...disenfranchising citizens from voting is not American--especially because they don't make as much money as you think they should.

Todd Blodgett
Todd Blodgett

'Citizen1', are you aware that in your 12:55 post, you attacked George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, and our founding fathers, as being "not American"? To them, and to millions of today's citizens, what's "not American" is that those getting something for nothing are allowed to share equal voting status with their benefactors! It's not about how much money anyone makes. But taxpayer-dependent citizens shouldn't be able to negate the votes of taxPAYERS. IMO, that's VERY "American".

Todd Blodgett
Todd Blodgett

Also, 'Citizen1', there's a DIRECT correlation between illegitimacy and welfare. Compared to 1962, U.S. inner cities today are like war zones - welfare caused that, too. GRIDLOCK is caused by taxpayers and tax recipients having equal weight on election day. The great progressive John Stuart Mill wrote that, "He who cannot by his labor suffice for his own support... by becoming dependent on the community ... he abdicates his claim to equal rights with them in other respects." Now, do you get it?

Todd Blodgett
Todd Blodgett

'Citizen1', it's NOT about how much anyone makes. The issue is that it's unfair for net tax consumers to be able to vote. An elderly lady I know only makes $2950 a month, after taxes, independent of SS. But she's been smart, she has no mortgages, her cars are paid for, and her farm income goes into a trust (which will go to her kids when she dies) that she uses to supplement the $2950 she nets from her annuity. She pays her own way, and her opinion counts for more than any tax-supported citizen.

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