Iowa’s most tenured congressman used his time at the State Fair soapbox to warn attendees about the financial woes our country faces if changes are not made immediately. Latham, who sits on the powerful House Appropriations Committee, provided fairgoers with much of the same information as his regular stump speech. However, he added a few new wrinkles, including a focus on the nation’s jobless rate.
“The biggest problem we have today is the high unemployment, 8.3%,” Latham said. “It’s not sustainable. What we need to do to get the economy growing is give certainty…we can in fact have a huge resurgence of investment and hiring in this country if in fact there was that certainty out there.”
Congressman Latham, who faces fellow incumbent Leonard Boswell for the Third District seat in November, also played up his ability to get things done. That’s an edge Latham has over Boswell and his other Iowa colleagues on Capitol Hill.
“The Register has actually written stories about who can get things done in Washington for Iowans. I’m very proud to be at the top of the list with the Iowa delegation. The way you do it though is to understand that it’s not my way or the highway. That we work together for the betterment of this country.”
A crowd of around 100 listened to Latham’s speech. There were no protestors or detractors.