John Archer: 2012 election presents choice between ‘debt, doubt and despair …
John Archer used his time on the Des Moines Registerâ€™s Iowa State Fair soapbox to draw contrasts between his candidacy and that of his opponent and President Barack Obama.
The Republican candidate for the 2nd Congressional District is a corporate attorney from Bettendorf. Heâ€™s challenging three-term incumbent Democrat Dave Loebsack, of Iowa City.
Archer noted the Registerâ€™s review of the Iowa congressional delegation, which earlier this year surveyed experts and found Loebsack to be the least effective of the stateâ€™s seven federal officeholders. Turning his criticism to Obama, he referred to the president as the â€œcampaigner and chiefâ€� and made light of the number of times heâ€™s played golf since taking office.
CROWD: There were three fairgoers sitting on the haybales around the soapbox when Archer began speaking, but the crowd grew to about 20 by the end of his remarks about 5 minutes later.
ISSUES: Archer called for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, Obamaâ€™s signature health-care legislation that is known to many as â€œObamacare.â€� The reform is â€œanything but affordable,â€� Archer said, and will only increase health-care costs and make it more difficult for seniors to get care. He also said he supported the repeal of the Dodd-Frank financial reform passed following the economic collapse of 2008 and called for the end of the estate tax and said it was uncertainty caused by government taxes and regulations that have kept businesses from hiring.
QUOTE: â€œThis election is about big ideas. This election is about the path that this country needs to move towards. Do we continue down the path of debt, doubt and despair? The path of failed European socialism? Or do we once again step back and embrace economic freedom? Do we embrace individual freedom?â€�
REACTION: Archer drew applause from a handful of people in the crowd who arrived carrying his campaign signs. After he spoke, a supporter approached him to say she had been reading the works of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels â€“ the founders of communism â€“ and found startling similarities between their philosophy and Obamaâ€™s actions as president. He agreed with her.
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