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Ashley Judd, Ben McKenzie lend North Iowa Democrats a hand

This news story was published on September 1, 2012.
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Ashley Judd stumps for Democrats in Mason City, Iowa on August 31, 2012.

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer –

MASON CITY – Actress Ashley Judd and Actor Ben McKenzie talked on President Obama’s behalf Friday afternoon at the Cerro Gordo County Democratic Headquarters on North Federal Ave. in Mason City.

“There are a lot of people excited to hear them campaign for President Obama,” said Sharon Steckman earlier Friday morning.

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McKenzie came in first and said, “They have money, we have resources on the ground. We have this room, we have the people in this room and 50 offices all over the state. We have to make those calls, talk to people one-on-on and talk to them from our hearts.”

He checked out the volunteer list on the wall and asked people to volunteer and get involved.

Judd talked about medical issues, farming and economy issues, women and their job losses and how it’s changed. “1.3 million jobs have been added to the private sector.”

Ben McKenzie asks for volunteers to help President Obama to re-election.

Judd and McKenzie are traveling around in an RV that reads “Heartland Tour 2012.”  They have scheduled stops in Adel, Ames, Anamosa, Burlington, Carroll, Cedar Rapids, Centerville, Clinton, Council Bluf, Davenport, Denison, Des Moines, Dewitt, Eldridge, Fort Madison, Jefferson, Maquoketa, Mashalltown, Muscatine and Waterloo, along with Mason City.

Kaya Schafer and Carter Johnson, both Seniors at North Butler High School, volunteered to make some phone calls for the Democratic Office.  They called Des Moines area residents, informing them of the appearance of the President Saturday morning and where they could get their free tickets.

“I’m looking into a future involving International Relations,” said Schafer. “Politics sparked my interest while I was in Ames at the Iowa American Legion Auxiliary Girls State.”


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8 Responses to Ashley Judd, Ben McKenzie lend North Iowa Democrats a hand

  1. Irwin Cory Reply Report comment

    September 2, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Really a great in-depth, insightful, well researched story on the North Iowa Democrats; NOT! Maybe if the senile Clint Eastwood gets lost and ends up at local RepubliLIARS headquarters you could get an interview with him and his empty chair. Better yet, go to RepubliCAN’T headquarters and interview them as to whether they stand behind all of Paul Ryan’s lies. I’d love to know if everyone with R next to their name is an outright liar.

    • David Reply Report comment

      September 2, 2012 at 12:07 pm

      Stop beating around the bush and tell us how you really feel.

  2. Due Diligence Needed Reply Report comment

    September 1, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    You may fool Iowans once but you can’t fool them twice. Send Obama out on retirement. Biden, Pelosi, Reid…the whole bunch.

  3. BIKER Reply Report comment

    September 1, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Ok Obama fans, really lets get to some facts. I’m middle class like most of you, lets get real, middle class Obama keeps preaching that he is for the middle class… Is he so full of shit or are you so stupid that you believe this redric. Just a few facts here, gas, that affects the middle class not the rich has gone up a dollar to a dollar and a half per gallon, you really think that is hurting the upper class in the united states that pay 80 percent of the taxes.? Food, well we are not eating caviar and lobster every night, so guess what, food prices affect the middle class. Taxes on cell phones, utilities, home phone, your cheap f***ing keystone beer, your Newport cigarettes, grizzly chew is all costing YOU 30 percent more than it did three years ago. the list goes on and on… check your facts. Don’t just listen to redric, home values are down 30-50 percent, wake up America unless you want to see a total collapse on our government, economy and way of life as you know it keep voting democratic and all the bottom fetters will go from three kids on welfare to six and you will be paying for it, and lets not forget there free cell phones, childcare, housing, food, car repairs, medical, dental, eye care, weatherization, memberships, soup kitchen, and if you move to California illegal immigrants can go to college for FREEEEEEE!!!

  4. Bill Reply Report comment

    September 1, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Shoulda brot her qut ass 2da north end!

    • Damn north end Reply Report comment

      September 1, 2012 at 10:12 pm

      Yo, Bill, the block where Sporty’s is IS part of the north end!

  5. Joe Reply Report comment

    September 1, 2012 at 8:43 pm


  6. John Reply Report comment

    September 1, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Looks like one person has signed up to volunteer according to the sign up sheet behind Ben.

    Things are not looking good for Obama in Iowa this time. He has been in Iowa more this year so far than any other state. (For our small 6 electoral votes.)

    Inside polling numbers are not doing well in Iowa for Obama.