Lange Challenges Voters to Choose New Leadership
By James Q. Lynch
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Eastern Iowa voters have a choice between the same old, same old and new, bold leadership, Republican Ben Lange said Sept. 12 in criticizing his opponent for lack of a plan to solve federal spending issues.
Lange, the challenger in Iowa’s new 1st District that includes Cedar Rapids, unveiled his “Compact with Iowans” including his promise to tell the truth, face the nation’s problems and “do what I say I’m going to do.”
Lange, who criticized Rep. Bruce Braley for contributing to the growth of the national debt and the federal government, said it’s time to elect a new generation of leaders who “have the courage to do something about the problems we are facing as a nation.”
The alternative is to “send the same old politicians back to Washington DC to get the same old results with kicking the same old can down the same old road,” Lange said at his Cedar Rapids campaign headquarters.
Braley, he said, doesn’t have a plan to deal with the big issues facing the country and said his plan is what sets him apart from the Democratic incumbent.
“I’m tired of politicians tearing down their opponents for the sake of political expediency without talking about what they will do,” Lange said. His compact, which Lange signed in front of supporters, “is what sets us apart.”
Braley has a plan, too, his campaign manager Jeff Giertz countered.
“Bruce Braley’s plan is called results: working across party lines to expand job training at Iowa community colleges, pass tax cuts for small businesses that hire workers, and securing back-pay owed to Iowa veterans,” Giertz said. “Mr. Lange is clearly a selective reader, so it’s no surprise he hasn’t found time to review Rep. Braley’s record of working for Iowa either.”
However, Lange said Braley has had six years to be a part of the solution. Instead, he has contributed to a national debt that has exceeded $16 trillion, supported President Obama’s health care plan that will expand the size and scope of the federal government and voted against plans to balance the budget.
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