King Touts Roots, Vilsack Uses Farm Bill in House Debate
ORANGE CITY, Iowa -- It's hard to imagine that when it's all said and done are going to be seven debates between Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa and state's former first lady, Democratic challenger Christie Vilsack.
Here we have two candidates so entirely different that it certainly won't take all seven of them for voters to know their differences. So it wasn't a surprise Thursday night in Orange City that the two candidates sounded a bit repetitive to anyone who has listened to the previous three rounds between them.
The debate happened in the heart of King country -- Orange City is the seat of Sioux County, the most conservative county in the state. Speaking at the Christ Chapel at the Northwestern College, a private Christian school, King made his case as a God-fearing man whose family has lived in the area for generations. Speaking about his three sons who live in the area, King said: "Their roots go deep, they've only known one mother, one father, one church, one house, one school."
"I live here, my roots are here, and I'm going to stay here no matter what happens in November," he went on to say, making a less-than-subtle dig at his opponent, who moved to Ames to run in the 4th Congressional District.