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Insiders May 26, 2019: Beto O’Rourke Learns Something from Iowa Day Care Owner, Eddie Mauro Says President’s Customer Service ‘Sucks’

DES MOINES, Iowa — An Iowa day care owner warned presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, a former Democratic U.S. Representative from Texas, that his idea to make child care more affordable could actually force her to close her business. And O’Rourke said the woman got his attention.

Eddie Mauro is making his third run for public office, which he said is a reminder of failure. But he said that's not necessarily a bad thing since other politicians have managed to win after losing previous campaigns. Mauro said this campaign for the U.S. Senate can't be all about the economy but he wants changes with the minimum wage and taxes (although isn't offering specifics yet). Mauro also said as that as a business owner in the insurance industry,  he thinks President Donald Trump's performance is indicative of someone who doesn't serve the public well. "His customer service sucks," Mauro said of the president.

A mother and daughter from Fort Dodge operate a coffee shop that has been in business for 25 years and has served familiar names in politicians, including one with a special drink request.

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, a New Hartford Republican, said that he isn't concerned about the ongoing drama between President Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. 

Political Director Dave Price shares some new ways for people to stay connected with Iowa politics, candidates for president and what's happening in the state.

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