Two Democrats who’re planning to run for president in 2008 are in Iowa today.
Massachusetts Senator John Kerry is in Ames this morning campaigning with Michael Mauro, the Democrat running for Iowa Secretary of State.
Indiana Senator Evan Bayh arrived in Iowa this weekend just after he voted against a bill that allowed terror suspects to be tried by military tribunals and allowed U.S. officials to use certain interrogation techniques to undercover terror plots.
“Look, the war on terror is important and we’ve got to apprehend bad people and we’ve got to be able to question them to get information to protect ourselves but we’ve also got to do it in a way that’s consistent with our values because we don’t want our own people getting tortured when they’re apprehended,” Bayh says. “We don’t want to confuse the fact that we are morally superior to the people we’re fighting so we’ve got to go about doing this the right way.”
Bayh, who served as governor of Indiana before being elected to the U.S. Senate, says as he travels the country, says he senses a disconnect between voters and their elected representatives in Washington. “They think Washington is broken. They don’t understand why politicians can’t behave like normal people and try and get along from time to time and I think frankly people have had enough of that and I think they’re entitled to feel that way,” Bayh says. “I hope one of the things this election will do is to have a sort of breath of fresh air blow through our nation’s capitol so we can move this country forward.”
Bayh made stops in Davenport, Coralville and Ankeny on Sunday and by the end of today he’ll visit Mason City, Cedar Rapids and Fort Dodge.
Barak Obama of Illinois, another Democrat in the United States Senate, made a campaign stop in the Quad Cities this past Saturday for Bruce Braley, the Democrat running in Iowa’s first congressional district.