MASON CITY – Congressman Steve King was greeted by a small crowd Wednesday morning in Mason City as he makes his way to four North Iowa campaign stops.
King took to the podium and with little or no greeting to those in attendance, set upon criticizing President Barack Obama and his policies.
King claimed President Obama said he would circumvent Congress to get things done, by using a cell phone and pen, and that Democrats in the House applauded Obama on that initiative.
King covered a range of topics, including the barbaric ISIS fighters in Syria and Iraq (“We will have to fight them”, he said) and Russia. He said Russian President Vlad Putin sees Ukraine as a chess piece in game like the Soviet union saw countries during the Cold War. King said he was baffled by the Obama administration’s foreign policy which he said was not working.
After a Mason City man said that the 2012 presidential election was rigged, King said he didn’t disagree, and that he carries an acorn in his pocket to remind himself of the political organization ACORN that helped Obama register voters in the 2012 election. The man said that some voting districts went 100% for Obama, and King said he thought people made more mistakes than that.
King was earlier Wednesday in New Hampton. After his stop in Mason City, he will head to Bill’s Family Foods in Forest City and then the Train Wreck Winery in Algona.
King is locked in a campaign against Democrat Jim Mowrer for the Iowa House Fourth District.