Rating the King-Vilsack debate

2012-09-20T23:08:00Z Rating the King-Vilsack debateBy JANE CLOSE Mason City Globe Gazette
September 20, 2012 11:08 pm  • 

We attended the congressional debate last Monday between Christie Vilsack and Steve King in Hampton. We found insight into each of their personalities and character by the contrast in their demeanor.

Vilsack gave serious thoughtful answers and treated her opponent with respect even as she asked him to explain his controversial positions, whereas King treated her with a condescending and patronizing attitude. He would roll his eyes with a “There you go again, Lucy” look, when in fact Vilsack asked perfectly legitimate questions such as why King wouldn’t help bring the long-delayed and critical Farm Bill up for a vote in the House.

King made a point of refusing to dignify any of Vilsack’s questions with a response and the audience was the loser because there was no dialogue.

Watching King in action, it was easy to see why this is the most divisive and dysfunctional Congress since the Civil War and the worst Do Nothing Congress since the Truman administration. It is in part, because King is a hyper-partisan ideological ranter who enjoys mugging to his base.

King knew what stunts would set off the cheers and jeers and at one point he actually pulled an acorn out of his pocket with a smirk. He is a divider; not a uniter. A representative who enjoys throwing rhetorical bombs is not who we need to represent us. We need someone who will work for us on this district’s needs.

If voters want to change the toxic political atmosphere in Washington, they can start by exchanging the dividers for the problem solvers. Early voting starts Sept. 27 at the courthouse auditor’s office.

— Jane Close is from New Hartford. Also signed by Meta Brost, Clarksville; Jeanne Loomer, Greene; Faye Mansheim, Parkersburg; and Bonita Turner, Aplington.

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  1. Rookie
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    Rookie - September 23, 2012 5:05 pm
    JB - if you seriously haven't decided who you're voting for and are listening to both candidate's campaigning with an open mind, then I sincerely apologize for my remark. So, is that the case? What other contested races are you still undecided on?
  2. LGBTAlly
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    LGBTAlly - September 23, 2012 3:06 pm
    If Steve King is indeed a "sincere, well-informed, and articulate, and a pleasant man in person," then it would seem that his public image, words, etc. would indicate that.
  3. bigbrown828
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    bigbrown828 - September 23, 2012 8:56 am
    You are right JB. I should have said " but he is still a disgrace and embarrassment to any rational thinking Iowan and a buffoon." That work better for you?
  4. xvolunteerfireman
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    xvolunteerfireman - September 22, 2012 11:15 am
    King hasn't even gotten around to planting the seed (acorn) of what he wants to get done yet. Doesn't suprise me one bit.
  5. JB Johnson of Britt
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    JB Johnson of Britt - September 22, 2012 7:38 am
    As a Iowan please do not speak for me. I don't for you.
  6. JB Johnson of Britt
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    JB Johnson of Britt - September 21, 2012 11:27 pm
    Rookie, thought about posting a snappy little reply but then figured why waste the time. People who take shots behind a fake name are not worth the time.
  7. Roadster
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    Roadster - September 21, 2012 6:47 pm
    And now they voted against the veteran's employment legislation as well. Way to to GOP, keep it classy! Jerks
  8. bigbrown828
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    bigbrown828 - September 21, 2012 3:19 pm
    He may be "sincere, well-informed, and articulate, and a pleasant man in person", but he is still a disgrace and embarrassment to all Iowan and a buffoon. I would be ashamed to call him my Congressional Representative.
  9. RJ
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    RJ - September 21, 2012 12:55 pm
    Only RINOs would like Chuck Hagel. Hagel is like most politicians, full of himself.
  10. RJ
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    RJ - September 21, 2012 12:53 pm
    Bush never had 60 votes in the senate. You just destroyed your own argument.
  11. rivercityfan
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    rivercityfan - September 21, 2012 12:19 pm
    "The guests at that reception were ALL smart, informed, successful, job-creating Iowans who pay tons of taxes and are the OPPOSITE of how you slam King."
    well...whoopy poopy.
  12. Todd Blodgett
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    Todd Blodgett - September 21, 2012 11:16 am
    'Scot', you're at least honest - which I also am - and you're also correct about how some Republicans say that they're to King's left, and some would like him to moderate his views. I can't deny that. But they strongly support him, because he votes their way on taxes, spending, etc. That said, they, as well, wouldn't agree with your characterization of the Congressman as a 'clown". Have you ever spoken with Mr. King? He's very sincere, well-informed, and articulate, and a pleasant man in person.
  13. Scotsman
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    Scotsman - September 21, 2012 10:32 am
    Todd, if only I could obtain the "real" thoughts from the smart and informed Republicans who attend your get-togethers to learn if they would prefer a Chuck Hagel type Republican (that I referred to earlier) over the buffoon and goofball that they're stuck with. I know I would and I would be surprised if your pals wouldn't also trade King in for a much better model.
  14. RedBaron
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    RedBaron - September 21, 2012 10:22 am
    Thankfully, WHAT PEOPLE SAY no longer matters. I mean, I hung out with Steve once and he was a great guy so it's ok that thinks all the multicultural clubs at ISU are victim groups that feel sorry for themselves, that he excuses rape, finds no problem with dog fighting, thinks Obama was born in Kenya, compares immigrants to cattle, and believes contraception will destroy America. I mean, these are just things HE HAS ACTUALLY SAID, but that doesn't matter. How dare anyone call him not decent.
  15. Scotsman
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    Scotsman - September 21, 2012 10:22 am
    They are also all Republicans so I can't muster much awe and surprise for them attending a reception for a Republican - where else would they be? At a reception for a Democrat?

    It takes immense chutzpah for someone like you to take issue with my personal observations and opinions of King, given how you go at it every day on this site with EVERYONE to the left of you as your target. In my sincere opinion, King is a buffoon, a goofball, and an ineffective representative for Iowa.
  16. Todd Blodgett
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    Todd Blodgett - September 21, 2012 10:06 am
    Scot, referring to King as "Hee-Haw", and a "buffoon", and claiming he's not "decent" and guilty of "bad representation and goofball antics", isn't only biased, but it's very unfair to the Congressman AND to his supporters. In July, my parents co-hosted a reception for the Congressman. Are they and their friends indecent, 'Hee-Haw'-type buffoons? The guests at that reception were ALL smart, informed, successful, job-creating Iowans who pay tons of taxes and are the OPPOSITE of how you slam King.
  17. Rookie
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    Rookie - September 21, 2012 10:01 am
    I've noticed in mailings the republican strategy of connecting democratic candidates to Pelosi to discredit them. She is viewed as a liability (rightfully so). I've also noticed mailings discrediting Romney by connecting him to Steve King. Apparently, King is reputed as being equally repulsive as Pelosi. Californians probably aren't smart enough to vote out their liability - are Iowans smart enough to vote out King? (PS - I can't wait for the mailings to stop.)
  18. RedBaron
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    RedBaron - September 21, 2012 9:27 am
    You need 60 votes to "get things done." (Overcome a filibuster.) Due to Al Franken being in limbo land and Ted Kennedy's illness Obama controlled the Senate for 4 months. During the first year and 8 months, the Republicans made history with the amount of filibustering they performed. DESPITE this, he prevented a depression, helped fix our image worldwide, and enacted much needed healthcare reform. Bush, if you remember, had full control for 6 YEARS. He sure did a lot to help this country.
  19. Gumshoe
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    Gumshoe - September 21, 2012 9:21 am
    The Iowa Press interview with Christie was all I needed to see. Those 2 hard hitting, non-partisan, female reporters often create the most intense 1/2 hour of TV for the whole week. Christie would not engage them. She wouldn't answer any questions. It was embarrassing as Christie began to tear-up; one reporter shot a sidelong glance at the other as if to say "should I keep hammering, if I do she is going to cry". They let up and talked low level happy talk. Christie is unacceptable for Iowa.
  20. Scotsman
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    Scotsman - September 21, 2012 9:18 am
    I share your lament. If King (R - Hee Haw) was ever challenged by a Chuck Hagel type Republican, voters in this district could actually have a decent R on the ballot after this long, l-o-o-o-n-n-g drought of bad representation and goofball antics.
  21. midwest
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    midwest - September 21, 2012 9:00 am
    I had to read the article again. I thought she was talking about Obama. RedBaron what is the excuse for not getting anything done the first two yrs of Obama when he had control of all 3 branches? The Dems are just as big of obstructionists as the Rep. Plenty of blame on both sides. Example from the Dems --Harry Reed stopped all votes yesterday in the senate so a Rep. could not use having to vote as an excuse for not going to a debate. There are alot more important things then one debate Harry.
  22. Rookie
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    Rookie - September 21, 2012 8:42 am
    Anyone else notice the hypocrisy in the comments "open mind" and "allready (sic) decided who to vote for"? To restate my comment from a different story: It's not that we A) need Vilsack but rather B) we need to get rid of King. Unfortunately B depends on A.
  23. RedBaron
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    RedBaron - September 21, 2012 8:37 am
    Mitch McConnell: "The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president." The GOP is the party of obstructionism. Preventing Obama from scoring political points is more important than the American people. I would like to thank the GOP for obstructing the raising of the debt ceiling which caused America's credit rating to drop for the first time ever. But hey, at least it gave them something to use against Obama. Who cares about the people?
  24. Scotsman
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    Scotsman - September 21, 2012 8:20 am
    King is a clown and in no way is he the embodiment of a serious-minded and productive Rep I would ever support. How many times do we have to see clips of him making an ___ out of himself (and tarnishing Iowa) on the House floor or in an interview as he vomits one of his famous bizarre and/or divisive statements?

    I'm not certain Vilsack can muster the type of leadership in the House that Iowa needs, but there is no way I could ever cast a vote for that buffoon from western Iowa.

  25. MrToot
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    MrToot - September 21, 2012 8:12 am
    Third paragraph - king loser.
  26. JB Johnson of Britt
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    JB Johnson of Britt - September 21, 2012 6:42 am
    why would you want to vote early? A lot can happen in 5 weeks.

    And I'm sure these letter writers went to the debate with a open mind and had not allready dedided who to vote for.
  27. Todd Blodgett
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    Todd Blodgett - September 21, 2012 1:34 am
    This letter writer claims King "is a divider, not a uniter". Yet, Vilsack is the pro-OBAMA candidate, who the ersatz President who got not a single GOP vote on ObamaCare, and yet, said, "I won." By a 5-4 SCOTUS decision, ObamaCare was upheld. Obviously, this writer is for a candidate - Vilsack - who continually pushes for more pro-Pelosi/Pro-OBAMA votes in Congress, which is the LAST thing we need. If Democrats had to pay their OWN bills, there'd be LOT fewer Dems than they are: they'd starve.
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