Emotions flare at Congressman Blum's town hall meeting in Dubuque

Published: May. 8, 2017 at 10:23 PM CDT
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Voters confronted Congressman Rod Blum on a number of issues, including healthcare during a much-anticipated event at Dubuque Senior High School.

About 1000 people packed into the Nora Gym at Senior High School. As Congressman Blum gave his opening remarks people in the audience quickly began interrupting him.

Staff randomly drew numbers to select the audience members who'd be allowed to ask questions. Many of the questions came from people who did not support Blum's recent vote to repeal Obamacare.

People also asked about topics like cuts to education funding and to the Environmental Protection Agency.

"I came here to learn and I think it was, for the most part hi-jacked," said Robin Walter.

"I don't think he's going to change any minds, no I don't," said Linda Louko.

"I think it was fair. People are upset a and they have a right to voice their opinions," said Bill Stumpf.

"I hope a lot of people walk out of here tonight and say, I feel much better. Because quite frankly this bill is a tweak of Obamacare. It's not a repeal and replace. Not even close," said Congressman Rod Blum.