Republican Congressional candidate Ben Lange made a campaign swing through Marshalltown Friday as he toured the Iowa Veterans Home and was the featured speaker at the Marshall County Pachyderm Club luncheon.
Lange, an attorney from Independence, is running against Rod Blum of Dubuque in the June 5 primary for the right to square off against Waterloo incumbent U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa.
IVH Commandant David Worley gave Lange a tour of the facility.
T-R PHOTO BY ANDREW POTTER
Iowa Veterans Home Commandant David Worley, left, gives a tour of IVH to Republican Congressional candidate Ben Lange of Independence Friday.
"This is an important part of Iowa in the role it plays for providing services to our veterans," Lange said.
Lange said he provides a "vast contrast" on views from Braley. He said Braley supported the stimulus package and government bailouts.
"Those are different principles than Iowans believe in," Lange said.
Much of his discussion on his campaign tours have been about jobs and the economy.
"All those issues are the same across the state of Iowa," he said.
One of the big reasons why he is running for Congress is the mounting National Debt. He said he does not want to saddle his children with huge debt and fears for the future of the country on this path.
"It's time the younger generation stands up for the issue," Lange said.
Lange was narrowly defeated by Braley in his previous run for the U.S. Congress. Braley is often considered a rising star in politics, but Lange does not believe he is and said many in the 1st Congressional District feel the same way.
"I say talk to the people of eastern Iowa," he said.