Schmett scorns Obama idea
Waving a tire gauge in the air, Republican Kim Schmett, a Clive
Republican running for the 3rd District U.S. House seat, focused on
energy policy at The Des Moines Register's Soapbox on Monday.
Schmett faces 12-year incumbent Rep. Leonard Boswell, a Des Moines
Democrat, in the general election this November. Boswell had 13 times
as much cash on hand as Schmett as of June 30. The 3rd District
consists of Benton, Grundy, Iowa, Jasper, Keokuk, Lucas, Mahaska,
Marion, Monroe, Polk, Poweshiek and Tama counties.
KEY MESSAGE: Americans must drill for oil in the United
States, Schmett said. The country also must be innovative with ethanol
and wind power, he said. But Democratic presidential candidate Barack
Obama "made all my thoughts irrelevant" by proposing saving gas by
inflating car tires, said Schmett, who gave away about 60 free
Chinese-made tire gauges he dubbed "Boswell-Obama Meters."
About 30 people listened to Schmett's 20-minute speech, while a few
dozen more tuned in as they strolled by. A couple crowd members yelled
"Yeah!" when Schmett asked whether Iowans ought to expect more from
Congress. A man in a U.S. Navy T-shirt yelled: "You can fill your tires
up with Democrat hot air!"
"If you're a father or
someone providing for your family, you've got to have one of these
(tire gauges)," said Schmett, a lawyer who until June was the executive
director of a coalition for children's homes and shelters. "These
things are miracle-working devices. They will save a fortune for your
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