The Value of Common Sense Tour

Waylon Goodwin, Shift Editor

Friday October 12, 2012, Christie Vilsack and former U.S. President Bill Clinton were in Sioux City, IA  for Vilsack’s ‘The Value of Common Sense’ tour.

An estimated 1,500 people huddled together Friday night, on Sioux City’s historic Fourth Street to welcome Iowa’s former first lady Christie Vilsack, as she campaigns to be the first woman in the Congressional District of Iowa.

The tour not only brought Christie Vilsack to Sioux City, but at this particular rally, they also had a special guest speaker: Former U.S. President Bill Clinton.

“I’m not really a fan of either, but it’s good for students to get involved and to be educated.” Brent Brudwick, USD Law School student replied, when asked which candidate he came to  see.

During Vilsack’s 15 minute speech, she briefly touched on some of the key points of her campaign:  supporting head-start, preserving Pell Grants for college students, and Loan forgiveness, which will make it easier for college students to pay back their loans for education.

Vilsack said that her opponent Steve King “has turned his back on women” and that,” women play a key role in America’s economy today.”

Before introducing previous U.S. President Bill Clinton, Vilsack also went on to say,” I have someone here who knows about strong-minded women,” referring to Clinton’s wife: Secretary of State Hilary Clinton.

“I see things through the eyes of local citizens, he sees things through the eyes of congress.” Vilsack went on to say.

During his speech, Clinton reminded supporters that bipartisanship is the only way Americans can succeed.

”We can change the future if we understand the present and we vote for people who got their head on straight, and are thinking about you, and want to move the country forward. Not right, not left…Forward, and that’s Christie Vilsack.” he said.

Vilsack will be debating (R) Steve King in Carroll, IA on October 28,2012. If you can’t make it to that debate, she will also be bringing her ‘Value of Common Sense’ tour to Mason City, IA on October 30,2012.

Anyone wanting to contribute to the Vilsack campaign can send donations to campaign headquarters located at 600 Fifth St, Suite 300, Ames, IA, 50010.

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