U.S. Rep. Steve King vowed Wednesday to move the country to an economy that features less government spending and more private sector production as he rallied Webster County Republicans less than a week before the election.
The Republican congressman from Kiron was joined at a Fort Dodge event by Gov. Terry Branstad, who said cutting property and income taxes are among his priorities for 2013.
Branstad and King spoke to about 40 people Wednesday afternoon at the Webster County Republican headquarters, 900 Central Ave.
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Gov. Terry Branstad holds up a map dating from 1984 during a campaign stop Wednesday afternoon on behalf of U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Kiron, at the Webster County Republican headquarters in downtown Fort Dodge.
While touting the Republican vision for the nation and the state, both men sought to downplay today's Fort Dodge appearance by Vice President Joe Biden.
''The reason why he's coming to Fort Dodge is because they know they're in trouble,'' Branstad said.
King added, ''I expect that he's not going to have a great huge crowd when he arrives here in Fort Dodge.''
He is running against Democrat Christie Vilsack, of Ames, in the 4th Congressional District which includes Webster County and 38 other counties.
King attacked the economic policies of President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats.
''You cannot get the economy back by borrowing and spending,'' he said.
''We have an economic problem because we spend too much money on government and when you spend too much money on government you starve the goose that laid the golden egg,'' he said. ''That's the private sector.''
King said balancing the federal budget and beginning to pay off the national debt are the big challenges facing the country's leaders.
Branstad asked the audience to vote for King. He described the congressman as ''a great advocate for American energy independence.''
''Nobody has been a stronger advocate for agriculture or for renewable fuels than Steve King,'' he added.