Presidential candidate Chris Dodd is scheduled to unveil his Rural Revitalization Proposal in a tour of northwest Iowa this weekend.
Dodd, the Connecticut senator, will host a Community Kitchen Table on rural economic development Saturday at 11:45 a.m. at Seibens Forum, Buena Vista University. The event is open to the public.
Dodd, who paints himself as a small-town candidate, said that, "For too long, the needs of our nation's cities and towns have been ignored by Congress."
Dodd has pushed issues such as home ownership assistance and improved technology for rural areas, saying that savings that could be had from ending the war in Iraq could help fund such efforts.
"I believe this is a time when the gap between America's promise and America's progress is wider than it has been in many years - certainly in my lifetime. On the one hand, it is a time of nearly unparalleled possibility. Every day we read or hear about new breakthroughs in technology, in medicine, in science. These developments harbor vast potential to create new hope of a better life for all people. Yet, at the same time, here at home, far too many of our children are forced to learn in crumbling schools," Dodd said in a statement provided to the Pilot-Tribune.
"Too many families find it impossible to get decent healthcare. Too many working men and women struggle to find well-paying jobs and security in their retirement. And late at night, in homes across our nation, too many parents look in on their sleeping children and wonder if they will inherit a lesser life in a lesser land."