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September 14, 2013

Senate candidates visit Centerville

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Rep. Braley granted the Daily Iowegian 15 minutes of his time prior to his “Meet and Greet” Friday at the Drake Public Library in Centerville.

During the interview Braley talked about his accomplishments as a Representative, why he deserves your vote in November of 2014 and what he hoped to gain by the visit.

“Talk a little bit about my background,” Braley said about his “Meet and Greet” visit. “Where I came from and why I want to run for the Senate seat.”

Braley said he deserves your vote in November of 2014 because he can be “a strong and effective voice for the people of Iowa.”

Braley said while in the House he has forged bipartisan friendships that has helped him get legislation passed.

“I work very hard to develop friendships and personal relationships with people on both sides of the aisle,” Braley said. “And that is incredibly valuable in trying to work together to solve difficulties. I’ve had to deal with Republicans to get every piece of legislation passed that I’ve got passed.”

Braley’s campaign issued what are four principles he will bring to voters during his tour: Bring people together; strengthen the middle class; stand up for veterans; and create economic opportunity.

Braley said he has strengthened the middle class with his “The Populous Caucus” designed to focus on economic issues, put people back to work and create good paying jobs.

Braley said he stood up for veterans when he helped a Dubuque veteran keep his home from foreclosure during the recession and the bill he authored — the Andrew Connolly Veterans’ Housing Act that extends a grant program to help injured and disabled veterans retrofit their homes after they return from combat — which was signed into law by President Barack Obama.

“And it’s a good example of how federal tax dollars used wisely can take care of our veterans and their families,” Braley said of the Andrew Connolly bill.

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