State Sen. Steve King not only hopes to win the 5th Congressional District seat in western Iowa, but he is committed to turning out the Republican vote in western Iowa.
The 32-county district has about 59,000 more Republicans than Democrats and is a key to candidates running statewide, he said.
"Any statewide office has got to have a good turnout where the Republicans are if they're going to win a statewide office and that's our job," King said. "We've focused a lot of our energy and a significant amount of our staff on building an organization."
A heavy Republican turnout Nov. 5 would guarantee King a victory, but the conservative Republican from the small Crawford County town of Kiron in west central Iowa is not taking for granted the built-in advantage he may have.
"By Nov. 5, I will have visited in the area of 330 towns," he said.
In addition to countering what he characterizes as misrepresentations by Democrat Paul Shomshor, King is talking about promoting economic development, overhauling the federal tax system, transportation and education.
King is known for speaking his mind on issues that come from his staunchly conservative viewpoint.
He is against abortion under any circumstances and makes no exception for rape or incest and he believes a national sales tax would be preferable to the current income tax system.
King supports legislation that would make English the declared official language.
"In Florida, for two cycles in a row, there are people that are not conversant or are illiterate in English, that are selecting the next leader of the free world," he said.
King also once advocated the "God and Country Bill" in the state Senate, which his opponent has characterized as a bill forcing the teaching of the Bible in public schools.
King said the bill he wrote six years ago did not say that, but it did advocate teaching that the United States derives its strength from "Biblical values, free enterprise capitalism and Western civilization."
Although he pushed the bill in the Legislature, King said he makes no pledge to introduce such an idea in Congress.
King has garnered endorsements from former presidential contenders Alan Keyes and Gary Bauer.
Bauer called King "one of the most fearless advocates for our pro-family, pro-life values that I know" in his endorsement announcement and Keyes referred to King as a "gifted legislator." Keyes said King is the kind of leader needed in Congress because he will "fight to restore common sense governance and freedom to the American people."
King, 53, was born in Storm Lake and graduated from Denison schools. He attended Northwest Missouri State University, but never earned a degree.
Instead, he started his own successful construction business in 1975, a business which is still run by his family.
King's business background and service on the business and labor relations and commerce committees in the Legislature have created very strong views about where the state should be headed.
"Unless we change the culture of Iowa so that young people grow up expecting to build their future here, we're going to continue to export the most precious resource we have and continue to depopulate Iowa," King said. "We must change the culture so that they will be able to see their future here. That is the most important thing."
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