DES MOINES – Donald Trump will headline Sen. Joni Ernst’s 2nd annual Roast and Ride fundraiser at the Iowa State Fairgrounds tomorrow. Federal, state and local candidates including Sen. Grassley and Congressmen Rod Blum, Steve King and David Young are expected to attend. In response Iowa Democratic Party Chair, Dr. Andy McGuire issued the following statement:
“At today’s Roast and Ride, Iowa Republicans will rally around the new face of the Republican Party, Donald Trump. It is unlikely that Republican leaders will offer solutions to the issues that matter to Iowa’s working families. That’s because Donald Trump is more interested in grabbing headlines than formulating plans to bridge the gender pay gap, make college affordable for Iowa students or create an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top.
DES MOINES–After a recent campaign leadership shake-up, Donald Trump attempted to salvage his abysmal polling numbers among African-American by asking for their support this week. Polls in some states show Trump with 0% support among African-Americans. Trump’s numbers lag in comparison to 2012 exit polls that showed Mitt Romney with 6% of the African-American vote. In a similar attempt to reach out to members of the Latino community, Trump stepped back from his pledge to deport millions of undocumented immigrants, a promise that was one of the cornerstones of his campaign up until this week. Members of Iowa’s African-American and Latino communities responded to Trump’s recent changes in strategy:
DES MOINES – Today, Republican Vice Presidential nominee, Mike Pence, will travel to Cedar Rapids, Iowa’s second largest city. Cedar Rapids is also home to the oldest mosque in America and the first Islamic cemetery in North America. IDP Chair Dr. Andy McGuire issued the following statement in response to Gov. Pence’s visit:
“Cedar Rapids is a diverse city with a long history of welcoming immigrants. Mike Pence represents half of a Presidential ticket that has repeatedly called for a ban to keep Muslims from entering our country so it is ironic that Pence has chosen this city to travel to. Immigrants from all over the world continue to make valuable contributions to Cedar Rapids and to our state and Iowa is more enriched because of our welcoming nature. The Trump/Pence ticket of exclusion, not inclusion is not in line with Iowa values.
DES MOINES–Today, the Iowa Democratic Party announced additional organizing offices in Clinton, Des Moines, Fort Dodge, Ottumwa, Mason City, Waterloo, and Waukee. These offices join previously announced offices in Ames, Burlington, Cedar Rapids, Charles City, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Decorah, Dubuque, Elkader, Fort Madison, Marshalltown, Maquoketa, Marion, Muscatine, Oelwein, Osage and Sioux City, bringing the total number of Iowa Democratic Party organizing offices to 24.