Boswell says Latham’s ties to deep pockets won’t matter to voters


May 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Democratic Congressman Leonard Boswell says his Republican opponent in the race for the reorganized Third Congressional District, Tom Latham, has ties to deep pockets when it comes to fundraising, but what will ultimately decide the race is how he stands on the issues.

Congressman Leonard Boswell (D-IA)

Boswell told KJAN News, Wednesday, it’ll be a “High profile race,” and he agrees with some political pundits who say it could be one of the most expensive races in the country.

He says Latham has “plenty of money,” and his close relationships with House Speaker John Boehner and political analyst/Former Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Adviser to President George W. Bush, Karl Rove, will give Latham “endless pockets to raise money.” But in the end, it what Latham’s record on affordable health care and other issues which will sway the voters.

Boehner has said any increase in the debt limit should be offset by greater cuts in spending and tax reform by the end of the year. Boswell agrees the Country must get government spending under control, but there has to be a tax reform. That can only happen, he says, if Republicans and Democrats can set aside their differences and come together on a solution to a fair and equitable means of taxation. He cited Omaha billionaire Warren Buffet as an example of someone who admittedly pays a disproportionate amount of taxes and wants to see that changed.

Boswell says also, he agrees there has to be a balanced budget amendment to the U-S Constitution, and has supported such a move for a long time, dating back to his days in the Iowa Senate. He has the process has to be transparent however, and differences have to be set aside in order for a balanced budget to become a reality.