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Sunday, October 28, 2018
ICYMI – Delaney Campaign to Unify the Country, Efforts to Support Iowa Democrats, Featured in Burlington Hawk Eye
WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney’s (MD-6) work to support local candidates in Iowa and his campaign message of unity and addressing the needs of the future was highlighted in coverage published today in The Hawk Eye of Burlington, Iowa.
Delaney is in eastern, northeast and central Iowa this weekend campaigning with local candidates. Delaney has already campaigned in all 99 Iowa Counties. Delaney has invested over $250,000 to Iowa candidates and committees this cycle and has been providing local candidates with staff and field support.
Burlington Hawk Eye– 10/28/18
By Elizabeth Meyer
At a time when American politics appears at its most divisive and lawmakers have broken themselves decisively into two camps, Congressman John Delaney wants to be the president to make the nation whole again.
Delaney, a three-term member of the House of Representatives, was the first Democrat to declare his candidacy for the 2020 presidential election.
He was in Burlington Friday night making calls to help turn out voters for legislative candidates Rep. Dennis Cohoon and Lanny Hillyard, and Saturday he was in Fairfield on behalf of Iowa Senate candidate Mary Stewart.
“I do really get a strong sense from voters that they’re just so depressed at the state of our politics, and that they are going to be looking for something more positive and more optimistic in 2020,” said Delaney, who has campaigned with candidates across the country, up and down the ballot, ahead of the Nov. 6 midterm election.
Delaney was elected to Congress in 2012 to represent the D.C. suburbs and rural counties in northwest Maryland. When he launched his campaign for president in July 2017, the congressman said he would not seek re-election to the House in 2018.
He’s campaigned in each of Iowa’s 99 counties, including meet-and-greets over the last year in Mount Pleasant and Fort Madison.
In an interview Saturday morning with The Hawk Eye, Delaney dove into what he described as the top two components of his campaign: unifying the country and preparing it for a changing economy.
“As a former entrepreneur, I tend to be very focused on where the world is going, and I think one of our failures has been that we have not done enough of that,” he said. “The world’s changed a lot, and we haven’t prepared our citizens for it, and a lot of them have been left behind as a result.”
A New Jersey native, Delaney, 55, tells voters about his blue-collar roots growing up the son of an electrician, and how a scholarship from his father’s union afforded him the opportunity to go to college.
He talks about the nation’s “social compact” and how it must be updated to fit the needs of 21st-century Americans.
“We haven’t done that in decades, which is why we have such economic dislocation in this country,” he said, noting the advances that must be made in health care, job training and education to prepare people for a high-tech future.
Delaney advocates in favor of a universal health care system, free community college or technical training, a federal minimum wage of $15 an hour, a $1 trillion infrastructure initiative, and scores of progressive policies outlined by his campaign.