King, Vilsack Debate Voter Fraud, Farm Bill
Date posted - September 18, 2012
Hampton, Iowa — A deep disagreement over voting and lack of progress on the Farm Bill were the hallmarks of last night’s debate between Republican Congressman Steve King and Christie Vilsack, his Democratic challenger. The two candidates appeared together at a forum in Hampton and King said it’s time to not only require a photo I.D. for voting, but for election officials all over the country to check the voter registration lists for non-citizens.
Vilsack expressed reservations about requiring a photo I.D.
Vilsack did not directly address King’s comment about non-citizens casting ballots, but she did speak to his assertion there is voter fraud.
King was given a minute to offer a rebuttal.
According to King, voter fraud is “real” and if it’s not addressed, he said it will change the “destiny” of the U.S.
The subject of the Farm Bill was raised by the debate’s moderator.
Throughout the debate King accused Vilsack of lobbing “baseless charges” his way. He also attacked the way Vilsack’s husband, former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack, is running the U.S.D.A., twice mentioning a “Meatless Monday” idea unsuccessfully floated by an agency employee. Christie Vilsack did not speak of her husband’s role as U.S. ag secretary during the debate. Vilsack closed the debate by saying she’d be able to hold her own in congress because — as a former 8th grade teacher — she’s “used to dealing with adolescent behavior.”
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