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“This must be what momentum looks like” — Des Moines Register

When reporters start write-ups like that you something special is going on:

Cedar Rapids, Ia. – This must be what momentum looks like.

It was a dramatic entrance into Iowa for Mitt Romney on Wednesday – as stirring music played, his campaign airplane touched down at the Eastern Iowa Airport, taxied toward a hangar and parked just 50 feet behind the stage, his campaign motto “Believe in America” visible along its fuselage.

Romney stepped down the jetway to meet a cheering, chanting crowd of more than 3,000 and deliver a high-energy speech that was by turns sharply critical of incumbent President Barack Obama and confidently optimistic about the nation’s future under new leadership.

Namely, him.

Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, reeled off a litany of troubles facing the country, from debt and deficits to the weak economy.

“But the American people can overcome those challenges if they’re led by leaders who will tell them the truth and lead with integrity and I will.”

Romney’s appearance capped off one of the busier days of the Iowa presidential campaign, and comes amidst a frenzied final push to Election Day. Obama appeared in Davenport Wednesday morning at the start of a two-day trip that will take him to six battleground states. Romney’s rally followed high-profile visits from other national Republicans, including Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.

The pro-Romney roars at times where deafening inside the sheet metal structure – despite the fact many of the attendees had been in place for hours, and some were turned away at the door per the fire marshal’s warning about the building’s maximum occupancy. (emphasis added)

Paul Ryan Rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Sep 4) 3:30pm

Later today Paul Ryan will visit Cedar Rapids, Iowa following his Westlake, Ohio rally:

Victory Rally with Paul Ryan in Cedar Rapids

When: September 4, 2012 – 1:30pm
Where: Johnson Hall, Kirkwood Community College, 6301 Kirkwood Boulevard SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

To RSVP click here: Paulryanincedarrapids.eventbrite.com

Doors Open 1:30 PM and the event begins at 3:30 PM

All attendees will go through airport-like security and should bring as few personal items as possible. No bags, sharp objects, umbrellas, liquids, or signs will be allowed in the venue. Cameras are permitted.

Questions: (515) 758-0492 or TeamIA@mittromney.com

For Important Campaign Updates: Text IA to GOMITT (466488)

The Battle for Iowa

We have talked before how Iowa usually fades into the background of national politics following its disproportionate focus leading up to its first in the nation caucus. However, 2012 is a unique election in many regards and Iowa’s continued prominence remains top of mind with both campaigns.  Like many Battlegrounds, Iowa contains one of the central paradoxes of the campaign: while the national economy struggles, the Iowa economy is humming right along. Seema Mehta of the Los Angeles Times takes a look at the unique story that is the Battle for Iowa this election  season:

This year, the place where the race for president began may decide how it ends. No matter what the scenario for winning the presidency, Iowa and its six electoral votes are central to the mix. Des Moines and Cedar Rapids are among the top media markets in the nation for presidential campaign advertising.

Iowa economy outpacing the nation

Unemployment in the state is 5.1 percent, well below the national average. New homes are springing up in the suburbs of Des Moines. The farm economy is booming, driven by strong commodity prices and exports – 1 in every 4 rows of soybeans is bound for China.

Tailoring a message

Romney’s solution has been to play to the frugal Midwesterners who populate the state. A campaign television ad released Friday vowed that on his first day as president he would attack the deficit “starting with $20 billion in savings.”

“By Day 100, President Romney is working toward a balanced budget, making sure the government lives within its means,” the ad continued. “President Romney’s first 100 days: For the people of Iowa, they mean fewer worries about their future and their children’s future.” That echoed the thrust of his speech in a May visit to Des Moines, when he invoked heartland imagery as he argued against leaving such a burden to future generations. “A prairie fire of debt is sweeping across Iowa and across the nation, and every day we fail to act we feed that fire with our own lack of resolve,” Romney said. “… This is not just bad economics; this is morally wrong and we must stop it.” Political analysts say it is a smart argument. The state’s pay-as-you-go ethos is evident; Iowa’s residents carry the lowest average credit card debt of any state.

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