Two more endorsements down.
Western Iowa Republican Congressman Steve King made it dramatic. He said he told absolutely no one of his decision, that he reached this weekend. Not even his wife.
King’s endorsement speech (I’ve just updated this original posting, since I originally accidentally–yes, it was accidentally–called King “Tancredo”) this morning in Des Moines went on nearly 20 minutes before he announced his choice. He said a match up test on the Internet matched him with Duncan Hunter, but he doesn’t think Hunter can win. He likes Tom Tancredo’s work on immigration. But he thinks the other Repub candidates have adopted his ideas by saying they are against amnesty. So he has ruled him out, even though he says his wife and Tancredo’s wife email almost daily. Tancredo said he never met with Rudy Giuliani, the only candidate he didn’t meet. He said he didn’t want to waste anyone’s time.
He ended up going with Fred Thompson. But he acknowledged there may be a problem with Fred’s “fire in the belly.” And if there is, Tancredo told me he would make sure that fire gets there.
Eastern Iowa Democratic Congressman Dave Loebsack also made his choice, although in far less dramatic fashion. He said he is going with Barack Obama. He called Obama a “change agent”. Interestingly, that’s the same phrase the Clinton campaign is now using over and over for Hillary Clinton. Loebsack said Obama has energized people, not just young people, but people of all ages, all professions and all demographics. He said Obama is also the best at bringing in Independents and Republicans.
Now, we’re off to the Temple for the Performing Arts. No drama for this one. Iowa First Lady is going with a familiar face, John Edwards. She liked him last time. She likes him again. Endorsement Monday continues.