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October 17, 2012

Archer, Loebsack debate in Newton


Newton —

"The fact that Congress is dysfunctional is not news," Loebsack said. He pointed to his record of being a champion for wind energy and dug at Archer for not openly saying he would vote for the credit if elected. 

"There's bipartisan support to extend that credit," Loebsack said. He was asked why Congress did not get the credit extended. Loebsack replied, "Ask Speaker Boehner," and went on to say that Tea Party members of the Republican majority do not like the credit and see it as another government handout. 

Archer then began to discuss Loebsack's "ineffectiveness." He said the Second District should elect someone who can go to leadership on both sides of the aisle and promote Iowa values. 

Archer used the Des Moines Register's article in which the newspaper called Loebsack Iowa's least effective legislator again later in the debate. Loebsack dismissed the article as a "beauty contest" for the pundits that really meant nothing. 

A pro-Loebsack campaign commercial was played for the audience, one in which Archer is accused of being a corporate tool for shipping jobs overseas. Archer called the commercial "mostly false." Archer is a lawyer who has been employed by John Deere for 12 years. Though John Deere is never named in the commercial, Henderson pressed Loebsack about this. 

"It's not about John Deere," Loebsack said. He went on to discuss voting against three NAFTA-style trade agreements to try to protect American jobs. 

"It can be any corporation," Loebsack said. "It's his partisan policies." 

"I haven't heard my opponent say 'John Deere,'" Archer said. He added that the trade agreements Loebsack spoke to were supported by Tom Vilsack, United Auto Workers and Barack Obama. 

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