DES MOINES, Iowa–No matter which candidate wins on election night, the winner will be a rookie in Iowa’s Third Congressional District. Republican Congressman Tom Latham announced he was retiring last year. Democrat Staci Appel, a former state senator from Ackworth, and Republican David Young, a former chief of staff to Senator Chuck Grassley are their parties’ nominees to replace Latham next year.
Channel 13 wanted to give viewers in the district a chance to see both candidates side by side, so they could compare their stances on the issues that matter. We would show an issue per day starting on Monday on the Channel 13 News at Four, as well as show answers from the candidates on other news broadcasts, the station’s website and digital platforms.
Both campaigns initially agreed to an interview. Channel 13 interviewed Young at a farm in Van Meter last Wednesday. Appel’s campaign agreed to allow us to do an interview with her last Thursday night in Urbandale.
Two hours before the interview, the campaign canceled because a spokesman said Appel was running too far behind from previous events. He said he would call to reschedule on Friday. That spokesman never called. Channel 13 reached out on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Late Monday morning, the spokesman responded for the first time since Thursday and said Appel would be available Tuesday night. That meant Appel would not be responding in time for the stories that aired Monday and Tuesday during the Channel 13 News at Four.
Since the deadlines were relayed to the campaigns to give adequate time for responses, we aired Young’s response Monday as originally planned and will also show you his answer to the second question Tuesday at 4:00 p.m.
Issue number 1: What would the candidates do better guarantee Social Security benefits would be available for those who need them in the future?
Here is what Young said he would do to.