Whitaker Woos Small Town Voters


Whitaker Woos Small Town Voters

Senate candidate Matt Whitaker continues his “farm listening tour” around the state. The campaign ventured to Warren County for the latest stop, held Thursday afternoon at the Carlisle Antique Tractor Museum. 10 local residents sipped on lemonade and snacked on cookies provided by the campaign as they held an informal chat with the senate candidate.

Although the event was designed for a discussion about agriculture -related issues, the conversation veered into a wide variety of topics, including education, infrastructure, the IRS and term limits. Illegal immigration was also on the minds of attendees.
“I’m not in Washington, D.C., I’m not from Washington, D.C., but I know what my fundamental principles are. That is, let’s bring the best and brightest from around the world and have them contribute to our economy. Let’s not give amnesty to those who come here illegally, but at the same time, let’s make it work. I mean, everybody wants to complain about it, but nobody ever wants to fix it,” Whitaker said.

That response was in line with what attendee Verle Spence wanted to hear.

“I like him and I like his ideas and I like the way he’s trying to proceed with things,” said Spence. “Especially the way he talked about immigration. I’ve felt that for a long time.”
Whitaker, an Ankeny native, admittedly is not well versed in ag-related issues. However, he provided some depth to his answers on topics like the estate tax and the farm bill. Whitaker also steered the dialogue toward his overarching campaign theme of wanting to trim a bloated federal government.

“The overregulation of all parts of our economy is cause for concern,” Whitaker said. “It seems to me that one of the foundations of our country is free enterprise and the good farmer, good small business owners, succeed. The ones that aren’t good don’t succeed. Inserting the federal government in an overregulation situation, like we have across so many different industries, is really not good for what America is founded on.”

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