“On Sunday, we’re going to cross the finish line on our 99th county,” Delaney said. “…I think Democrats should campaign everywhere, right? There’s no reason why the message of the Democratic Party or at least the message we need going forward doesn’t sell in every district in this country.”
Delaney argues “hyper-partisan politics” has damaged the basic functions of government and voters want action, not more talking and more fighting.
“So many Americans are concerned about what’s happening, how our the norms in our society are being degraded, how our position around the world is being reduced, how things aren’t getting done for them,” Delaney said this morning. “This is our opportunity to campaign in places we haven’t been able to campaign in a long time and what’s happening right now with trade and tariffs gives us an amazing opportunity to campaign all across Iowa.”
Delaney supports universal preschool, universal health care and he said it’s time to significantly increase spending on basic infrastructure and provide incentives for private capitol investment in economically depressed areas. According to Delaney, 80 percent of the investments in start-ups last year went to businesses in just 50 U.S. counties.
“What voters are looking for…(are) some fairly y basic things,” Delaney said. “…They want us to get real things done that make a different in their lives.”
Delaney spoke late this morning at The Des Moines Registers’ Soapbox at the Iowa State Fair. Near the end of his speech, John Boehner, the former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, walked up to the outdoor venue. Boehner visited his friend Tom Latham (LAY-thum), the former Iowa congressman, last night and Boehner said he’s on his way to Omaha later today to help a Republican congressman there raise money.
Boehner told reporters his fellow Republicans “have their hands full” when it comes to keeping GOP control of the U.S. House and Boehner voiced concern about President Trump’s approach to international trade.
“I think I would do this a little differently. I always thought you caught more bees with honey than you do with vinegar,” Boehner said. “…Let’s get this issue resolved. Get to the table and get it resolved.”
Boehner said he doesn’t have a vote and will let Republican House members decide among themselves who should be their future leader. Current House Speaker Paul Ryan, who took over from Boehner, is not seeking reelection this fall.