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Minneapolis mayor stops locally in support of Obama

Rybak said president has been strong leader

October 27, 2012
By ANDREW POTTER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak passed through Marshalltown Friday on a campaign swing through the battleground state of Iowa in support of the re-election effort of President Barack Obama.

Rybak is also vice chair of the Democratic National Committee and was one of Obama's earliest supporters leading up to the 2008 election. He remembers door-knocking for Obama in Marshalltown prior to the Iowa Caucuses.

"I believe in this guy," Rybak said.

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He said Obama has shown consistent leadership and has got the job done time and time again, whether it's ending wars, stepping up for the middle class, or making sure more Americans have healthcare.

"The thing about the Midwest is that people like to get the job done," Rybak said. "They want to see someone working hard and want to see them accomplishing something. This president has accomplished a lot but the job is not done."

Rybak said the president inherited a tough situation - especially economically - and was able to improve the country but making tough decisions.

"You want somebody you can trust and somebody who can make the hard decisions even when they are not popular," Rybak said.

With the last of three debates concluding earlier this week, Rybak feels Obama had a strong showing.

"The president lost one debate and overwhelmingly won two," he said.

Rybak said Republican challenger Mitt Romney has never been able to connect with people in Iowa and he's been "flipping and flopping in the breeze." Rybak has been mayor of Minneapolis for 11 years.

Romney visited Ames Friday and had a different view on Obama's record as president.

"The president's campaign has a slogan: it is 'forward,'" Romney said. "But to the 23 million Americans struggling to find a good job, these last four years feel a lot more like 'backward.' We cannot afford four more years like the last four years."



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