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Democrat big guns rally in Storm Lake

Monday, November 4, 2002

Harkin promises more support for SL dredging

It was a packed house for a Democratic rally last night at the Boathouse in downtown Storm Lake, as supporters stood shoulder to shoulder to hear Tom Harkin, Tom Vilsack, Sally Pederson, Paul Shomshor and other Democratic candidates for state office.

The Democrats were met with cheers and applause as they set forth their platform for the future of the state. The rally is part of an 11th hour Democratic bus tour leading up to Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Lt. Gov. Sally Pederson said it has been an "incredible four years" for her and Gov. Vilsack.

"I hope you give us four more years to do good work on the behalf of Iowans," she said.

The Democrats called for boosting health care and Medicare spending in the state, while lowering prescription drug costs, protecting both agriculture and the environment, and supporting both Iowa teachers and Iowa college students.

Vilsack called his first term in office an "amazing journey." Vilsack gave credit to his wife, Christie, who was by his side last night.

"I figure Christie's a third (of the office), Sally's a third and I'm the last third," he joked.

Vilsack said if re-elected, he will work to develop an interest free college loan program for students.

He also spoke for control of the hog industry. "We absolutely want a strong pork industry, but we also want a strong sense of community," he said.

He encouraged voters to get out on Tuesday.

"Every single Western Iowa vote is extremely important," he said. "This is an opportunity Democrats have not had in the state for a very long time."

Senator Harkin said there is a momentum leading into Election Day.

"I'll tell you, I can feel it - it's coming on Tuesday," he said.

Harkin supported the Democratic candidates, saying Shomshor's challenger, Republican Steve King, does not support the "mainstream values" of Western Iowa.

He also spoke of what he has done for the state and Storm Lake. Harkin is chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, the first time an Iowan has held that position in 100 years.

He promised to help dredge Storm Lake even more, while promoting Iowa's agriculture and protecting its environment.

The goal of the Democrats is simple, Harkin said: "To make sure we make government work for the average person."

And Harkin said it's not just talk. "It doesn't end on election day," he said.

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