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King announced bid for fourth term

Saturday, March 8, 2008

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(Photo by Randy Cauthron) U.S. Rep. Steve King talks with local news organization representatives during a stop Friday at the KICD studios in Spencer. The Republican from Kiron is seeking his fourth term.
By Russ Mitchell

Daily Reporter Staff

U.S. Rep. Steve King on Friday announced his bid for a fourth term in Congress -- and he raised some eyebrows with comments about National Security under a potential Barack Obama administration.

King held major press events in Sioux City and Council Bluffs as part of his announcement tour. He met with local reporters during stops in Spencer and a handful of other cites in his district, which covers the western third of Iowa.

It was during a stop at the KICD studios in north Spencer that he also talked about the presidential campaign and his decision not to run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Tom Harkin. King said he would support presumptive GOP nominee John McCain in part because of alternatives coming from the Democratic Party.

"I don't want to disparage anyone because of their race, their ethnicity, their name - whatever their religion their father might have been," he said. "I'll just say this: When you think about the optics of a Barack Obama potentially getting elected President of the United States -- I mean, what does this look like to the rest of the world? What does it look like to the world of Islam?"

He continued: "I will tell you that, if he is elected president, then the radical Islamists, the al-Qaida, the radical Islamists and their supporters, will be dancing in the streets in greater numbers than they did on September 11 because they will declare victory in this War on Terror."

King thinks radical Islamists will say the United States has capitulated because the Obama administration would be pulling troops out of any conflict associated with al-Qaida.

"Additionally, his middle name (Hussein) does matter," King said. "It matters because they read a meaning into that in the rest of the world. That has a special meaning to them. They will be dancing in the streets because of his middle name. They will be dancing in the streets because of who his father was and because of his posture that says: Pull out of the Middle East and pull out of this conflict."

He continued: "There are implications that have to do with who he is and the position that he's taken. If he were strong on national defense and said 'I'm going to go over there and we're going to fight and we're going to win, we'll come home with a victory,' that's different. But that's not what he said. They will be dancing in the streets if he's elected president. That has a chilling aspect on how difficult it will be to ever win this Global War on Terror."

King made his remarks after describing how the presidential campaign played a factor in his decision to run for a fourth term in Congress instead of the U.S. Senate seat held by Harkin.

"I came to a conclusion of asking the voters of the Fifth District to send me to Washington for another couple of years was the better option that was out there," King said. "It's been an absolute joy to serve the people."

Rob Hubler, a Presbyterian minister from Council Bluffs, is the only known candidate seeking the Democratic nomination for King's seat.

Cedar Rapids businessman Steve Rathje has announced plans to run against Harkin as a Republican, but he's a political newcomer who isn't well known around the state, according to political analyst Mike Glover of the Associated Press. Glover said former state legislator George Eichhorn, of Stratford, has also expressed an interest in seeking the GOP nomination, but Harkin would begin the race as a prohibitive favorite against either.

"One of the factors -- and actually it was a fairly significant factor -- is the McCain nomination," King said of his decision not to seek the senate seat.

King said he would have been more likely to run for senate if Fred Thompson would have emerged as the Republican nominee. A bid for senate would have been less likely if Mitt Romney received the nomination and lesser still if Mike Huckabee would have received the nomination. McCain reduced the chances even more.

The congressman suspects the presidential campaigns will reach out to moderates with a centrist message. The hypothetical race between Harkin, a staunch liberal and King, a hard-line conservative, would have created an incompatible contrast.

"Given the likely nominee, John McCain to the Republican side and given what is emerging among Democrats, be it either Barack or Hillary, that presidential race is going to color this differently than it might have if it had been a different nominee," King said. "It will be colored a lot closer to the middle than it would have been. That means a lot of my campaign would have been running on a track that wouldn't have been very parallel to the presidential campaign. I think that could have split the Republican party worse and my job is to bind us together, reach out and reconstruct the Reagan coalition and that's what I'm committed to doing as well as work for John McCain for the presidency."

Political observers have noted King's potential interest in a gubernatorial bid two years from now. He wouldn't rule the prospect in or out during his stop on Friday.

"That's always a hard thing," King said. "If I would say 'no,' then I would preclude an opportunity that might emerge at some point between now and 2010. If I said I'm thinking about it, then it starts the rumor mill churning along. I can just give it to you the way it is, the way my wife understands it -- and actually, she doesn't ask me about this: I don't get out of bed in the morning thinking about it. I don't go to bed at night thinking about it and I'm not planning my strategic moves with that in mind."

King said he's learned a lot from his three terms in Congress. He was first elected to Congress in 2002 and is a member of the U.S. House Agriculture, Judiciary, and Small Business Committees.

"I'm a healthier cynic than I was in the time that I've been there," King said. "You can't function well in that environment without being somewhat of a healthy cynic."

He and his wife, Marilyn, raised three sons and have two granddaughters all living in western Iowa. King started an earth-moving contracting company and saw that small business, with roots in the agribusiness industry, grow. King Construction is now owned by the Congressman's oldest son, David, and his wife, Meghann.

"Soon I'll have as much time in Congress as I had in the Iowa Senate," King said. "This is a higher level, more intense, and it is a faster pace. Something else that I didn't expect, going there, that is clear now, is that many, many more of our decisions are through staff-to-staff relations rather than member-to-member or member-to-constituent. We can do a lot more that way. One of the best decisions I made was that our staff people reflect my philosophy."

King is encouraged a McCain Administration would choose strict constructionists to the Federal judiciary. King said McCain also will fight and win the War on Terror and secure the border between the United States and Mexico.

"I have to come to this realization and acceptance that John McCain will be the nominee," King said. "It isn't that hard for me to get happy about this when I think about the alternative. So, here's my speech: I'm going to love John McCain. I am going to love him as a president and as a Commander in Chief. John McCain is an authentic American hero and you can't take that away from him. There's questions about other presidential candidates in previous races. This man is an authentic American hero. No one can deny that or challenge that."


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Steve King and John McCain supported surrender against Bin Laden in Afghanistan so they could go hunting for oil in Iraq. Steve King and John "100 years war" McCain are just what the Al Qaeda recruiter ordered. Terrorist-loving Iran also loves Steve King and John McCain for taking out their only competition in the region, Saddam Hussein, who hated Bin Laden. Heckuva job, King and McCain! Vote for King and McCain so the terrorists can continue to gain strength and we can keep attacking the wrong countries!!!

-- Posted by RKA on Sat, Mar 8, 2008, at 7:57 AM

I just saw Rep. King's comments on CNN Headline News. In short he suggested that if Barack Obama wins, the Muslim extremists will rejoice. He mentioned that it was his stance on the war and because of Obama's middle name. I thought to myself wow, if a friend of mine made comments like that I would denounce him as an ignorant bigot, with no understanding of the world. Now King is running for Congress. If he wins, the people of western Iowa will send a message to the world that are no better than their representative. I say vote for the other guy; King needs to go back under the rock from which he crawled.

-- Posted by American Pride on Sat, Mar 8, 2008, at 8:36 AM

Steve King's remarks about another citizen of The United States of America reveals that Mr. King is unfit for public office.

King, as a U.S. Representative, has taken an oath to uphold and defend the constitution of our country, not to deride our people nor to make a mockery of our civil rights.

King is not qualified to hold a public trust.

-- Posted by John_Chas_Webb on Sat, Mar 8, 2008, at 11:40 AM

FEAR works well in the Midwest. We're going to hear this refrain again until November, owing to the fact that the republicans are bereft of any ideas to get us out of this huge hole they've dug for us. Hence, FEAR. "If we vote Democratic, we're gonna get hit"

What happened to this country? We used to fear no one, and of late we've become a bunch of sniveling cowards, afraid to actually search out and confront the enemy. ( News flash- they are in Afghanistan, on the Pakistan border) As for me, I'm going to hold my head up and live my life,and be a good example to my children, not cower behind duct tape and plastic sheeting under alert level orange.

-- Posted by Mike Hickerson on Sat, Mar 8, 2008, at 11:56 AM

"Additionally, his middle name (Hussein) does matter,"

Fortunately, the CNN segment which carried King's remarks ALSO featured a woman in Florida who found it necessary for some reason to power wash her 2 1/2 year old at a car wash, proving that there are idiots everywhere.

-- Posted by saintsteven on Sat, Mar 8, 2008, at 12:03 PM

It's amazing this man got elected in Iowa. As a Spencer High graduate I realize how easy it is to be insulated from the world. King is spot on. If you don't think so look at where Britain, France and most of Europe are after they have allowed the radical Muslim influence into their conuntries. Contrast that with the head of Australia's approach to Islam. An Obama win will be wrongly used to propagandize the highly uneducated Mulsim world.

-- Posted by jhlbeef on Sat, Mar 8, 2008, at 12:07 PM

Let's see, Osama bin Laden's key demand was withdrawal of US forces from Saudia Arabia.

George Bush and Steve King responded to that order with a firm, resolute,"Yes, Sir, Mr. Laden, Sir". All US forces were withdrawn, per bin Laden's orders, by our President on April 29, 2003. The first US surrender since Corregidor.

I wonder how money bin Laden will send to keep surrender monkeys like Steve "Yes, Sir, Mr. bin Laden Sir" King in Congress.

-- Posted by barry s on Sat, Mar 8, 2008, at 12:20 PM

This is a country that embraces freedom of speech. If that wasn't true, none of us would be able to say and write all the nasty things we have during this campaign. So . . . why can't Mr. King?

Also, if Obama doesn't like his middle name, why not change it? Hillary changed her name to Hillary Rodham Clinton. Michelle Obama changed her name too. And don't forget about Miley Cyrus.

-- Posted by ladybug883 on Sat, Mar 8, 2008, at 1:36 PM

Mr. Kings comments are right on the money. I can only wish he were running for a seat in Nevada. Stupid Americans feel Obama's middle name and Muslim background, mean nothing. Well, as King maintains, it sure does mean something to other Muslims in the world, as well as many here in the United States. His father was a radical Muslim, and he grew up worshipping the Koran in Indonesia and elsewhere. He still associates with religous zealots and radical anti-American Marxists, to this day. Read his writings and books, and educate yourselves. Listen carefully to the vile spewings that regularly come from the face of his Socialist, racist and anti-American partner/wife. That should tell ya something. Should Obama become Commander in Chief, he will cowardly command our troops to retreat in the face of the enemy, and pay lip service to the leaders of terrorist Nations. He has already told us he will do that. Stupid Americans, get your heads out of your butts!!!

-- Posted by cj on Sat, Mar 8, 2008, at 1:44 PM

The only thing that King has ever done as a Congressman is make inflammatory remarks like this. (You can read more of them at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_King) He has absolutely zero accomplishments as a legislator, and nobody in Washington pays any attention to him. The best thing you can say about him is that he's smart enough not to run against Harkin, who has $3 million in the bank and a 58 percent approval rating and would have beaten King like a filthy carpet.

-- Posted by Patrick50 on Sat, Mar 8, 2008, at 1:45 PM

The only thing that King has ever done as a Congressman is make inflammatory remarks like this. (You can read more of them at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_King) He has absolutely zero accomplishments as a legislator, and nobody in Washington pays any attention to him. The best thing you can say about him is that he's smart enough not to run against Harkin, who has $3 million in the bank and a 58 percent approval rating and would have beaten King like a filthy carpet.

-- Posted by Patrick50 on Sat, Mar 8, 2008, at 1:46 PM

AMERICA, WHY ARE YOU SO PREJIDICE ?

WHY ARE YOU HOSTILE TOWARDS OTHER PEOPLES' HERITAGE? WHAT WRONG HAS SEN OBAMA EVER DONE TO YOU DESERVE THIS ?THE ONLY THING HE HAS DONE IS TO EXERCISE HIS AMERICAN CITIZEN BIRTH-RIGHT AND RUN FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.

I TRULLY BELIEVE WE ARE "ONE NATION UNDER GOD".

I LOVE AMERICA. I WILL NEVER RENOUNCE MY CITIZENSHIP OF THIS GREAT COUNTRY. THIS IS MY HOME.IN GOD I TRUST.

HOW DO WE DEMAND PRAYER IN SCHOOLS AND CLAIM TO SPREAD FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY AROUND THE WORLD WHEN WE CAN'T EVEN TOLERATE PEOPLE WHO HAVE "DIFFERENT" NAMES.

THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH HAVING A NAME "HUSSEIN". HIS GRAND-FATHER (BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA I)GAVE THIS NAME TO SEN OBAMA'S FATHER(BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA II). SEN OBAMA IS ACTUALLY BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA 111.I'M SURE REP. STEVE KING IS PROUD OF HIS HERITAGE TOO. THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE WITH HISPANIC NAMES, BUT THAT DOES NOT MEAN THAT THEY HAVE TIES TO ILLEGAL ALIENS FROM MEXICO & SOUTH AMERICA.

SEN BARACK OBAMA ,IF ONE OF THE STANDARDS OF BECOMING THE PRESIDENT OF THESE UNITED STATES IS TO HAVE AN ACCEPTABLE "ANGLO-SAXON" NAME, THEN YOU ARE TOO GOOD TO BE PRESIDENT OF THIS COUNTRY.I AM AN ORDINARY CITIZEN BUT I WOULDN'T WANT TO BE PRESIDENT OF A COUNTRY WITH THE LIKES OF THIS CONGRESSMAN.

AFTER ALL ,LET'S NOT FORGET THAT IT WAS THE USA THAT AIDED OSAMA BIN LADEN AND THE TALIBAN TO DEFEAT RUSSIA WHEN THEY(RUSSIANS) INVADED AFGANISTAN IN 1979.

IT WAS THE USA THAT AIDED SADDAM HUSSEIN DURING THE IRAN-IRAQ WAR IN THE 1980's.

SEN OBAMA, YOU ARE A GENTLEMAN. YOU HAVE RUN A GOOD CAMPAIGN. YOU HAVE CAUSED FELLOW CITIZENS TO ONCE AGAIN BE ENGAGED AND TO EXERCISE THEIR GOD-GIVEN RIGHT FOR DEMOCRACY.EVEN IF YOU DON'T WIN THE NOMINATION, YOU WILL BE FINE. IT'S AMERICA THAT'S GONNA LOSE IN THE END.

YOU ARE TOO GOOD TO BE PRESIDENT. YOU KNOW WHAT, LET JOHN MCCAIN OR HILLARY CLINTON BE PRESIDENT AND LET'S SEE IF THEY WILL SOLVE THE MESS IN IRAQ ,AND THIS CURRENT ECONOMIC CRISIS( FORECLOSURES AND LAYOFFS).THE LAST THING YOU WANT IS ANOTHER 9-11 UNDER YOUR WATCH(LIKE GEORGE W BUSH). THE LIKES OF CONGRESSMAN STEVE KING WILL THEN SAY " SEE, I TOLD YOU SO".

DO NOT BE FOOLED BY SEN CLINTON'S OFFER TO BE HER RUNNING MATE. DO NOT SULLY YOUR STATURE BY BEING HER RUNNING MATE.FINISH YOUR FIRST TERM IN THE SENATE. MOVE TO THE CENTER AND VOTE UP OR DOWN ON EVERY CRITICAL ISSUE .RUN FOR A SECOND SENATE TERM AND THEN GET OUT OF WASHINGTON. OFFER YOURSELF AS VP FOR SOMEONE OTHER THAN HILLARY CLINTON.

THE VICE- PRESIDENT IS SOMEONE WHO MUST BE READY TO STEP IN AT A MOMENT'S NOTICE, SHOULD SOMETHING HAPPEN TO THE PRESIDENT. SEN CLINTON KEEPS SAYING SHE AND SEN MCCAIN HAVE A LIFE TIME OF EXPERIENCE AND THAT ALL YOU HAVE EVER DONE WAS TO "MAKE A SPEECH IN 2002 AND THAT YOU ARE NOT READY TO BE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF. WHY WOULD SEN CLINTON WANT YOU TO BE HER VICE-PRESIDENT IF SHE KEEPS INSULTING YOU LIKE THIS ?

SENATOR OBAMA,YOU ARE ONLY 46 YRS OLD, BELIEVE ME 10 YRS FROM NOW AMERICA WILL BE BEGGING YOU TO RUN AGAIN FOR PRESIDENT.

-- Posted by Nick on Sat, Mar 8, 2008, at 2:01 PM

Obama has said, for which he was criticized by Clinton and McCain, that if the US had actionable information on Al-Quaeda operatives in Pakistan and if the Pakistani government was unwilling or unable to strike at Al-Qaeda, then the US should unilaterally attack those Al-Qaeda operatives. Recently, it was revealed that the CIA did just that.

Obama will fight Al-Qaeda, the Al-Qaeda that attacked us on 9/11, the Al-Quaeda that is in the mountains of Pakistan.

King is an idiot.

-- Posted by PeterB on Sat, Mar 8, 2008, at 2:04 PM

Steve King supported surrendering to Osama bin Laden.

I understand that Jeff Gannon and Larry Craig are coming to campaign for this surrender boy.

-- Posted by barry s on Sat, Mar 8, 2008, at 2:18 PM

Wow cj, does stupid hurt? If it does you have my deepest sympathy because the pain you must be suffering must be intense.

-- Posted by RobK1967 on Sat, Mar 8, 2008, at 2:26 PM

do not pass go. do not collect 200. go directly to the nearest psych ward, and take you supporters with you.

-- Posted by soonersam on Sat, Mar 8, 2008, at 2:48 PM

Would someone please tell Congressman King he lives in the "United States of America" not the "United States of America for White Folks with European Last Names".

-- Posted by clmoore on Sat, Mar 8, 2008, at 2:58 PM

Steve King is an awesome representative for his constituents. He was right on when he said the islamists would be dancing in the streets if Obama was elected president. They would be chanting "one of our own" has taken over the Great Satan. Then watch out. We won't have another chance to vote him out.

-- Posted by bfedderseb on Sat, Mar 8, 2008, at 3:24 PM

I hope the good people of Iowa will be very careful in deciding who they want to represent their state. I live in Minnesota and Mr. King, guess what, we have a REAL muslin representative working for us in congress. He even worked as a state congressman for about 4 years. I hope radical Islamic terror groups don't find out about that or they might start singing the praises of Minnesota. What do I care if weirdos overseas get excited over the name of our CHRISTIAN president. Let them think whatever they want, it won't stop a President Obama from doing everything he can from stopping them, in fact, if they are out dancing in the streets, they will be easier targets when President Obama gives the order to drop a bomb on them. In fact, I believe both he and Clinton would pull troops out of Iraq, so we can be in a better position to go after the 9/11 mastermind Bin Laden and his followers. Which is something I haven't heard a republican say they would do. I don't see how doing that would give anyone the idea that the U.S. isn't serious about the war on terror. Let's get back to what's really important, health care, jobs, and HELLO--our economy!! That scares me more right now than what terrorists may or may not read into a name!

-- Posted by Glad I Don't live in Iowa on Sat, Mar 8, 2008, at 4:05 PM

Steve King is an embarrassment to our district and the whole of Iowa. Fear mongering and trying to profiteer from the border wall, pretending he supports freedom and democracy while lambasting someone because of their name, saying the terrorists will win. How simple-minded and ridiculous could a Congressman be?

If he thinks that electing someone with an Arabic middle name means we've "surrendered" to the terrorists, it's apparent he has no idea what is going on in Iraq and is ostensibly unable to comprehend our fragile system of bribery he supports is not sustainable or good policy, and his jingoist view of foreign policy is not sufficient to have power in the House, nor anywhere else of importance.

Let's all hope someone strong enough runs against this radical neoconservative with absolutely no positive legislative accomplishments so we can be rid of him next year.

-- Posted by jlees on Sat, Mar 8, 2008, at 4:14 PM

As someone who lives in a district just west of King's I have somewhat followed his career. I must say that I feel sorry for the people of Council Bluffs and beyond to places like Spencer because so much of what he says is just plain embarrassing.

I just hope that Steve King didn't name any of his sons Steve. There is so much mis-information published concerning Obama's biography. If they did they would learn that Obama is named after his father directly and his grandfather indirectly. They would also learn that Obama's father came to this country on scholarship and earned a PhD before returning to Africa (where he was killed in a car accident) and that the father was an atheist.

But, no, the Steve King's of this world would rather peddle the lies and misinform the voters of his district. He and Dick Cheney are two peas in a pod.

-- Posted by DallasNE on Sat, Mar 8, 2008, at 4:25 PM

Way to go Steve King for finally saying what others are afraid to say. Mr. King did not say that it was the name itself but the reaction that it would cause in the Muslim world and if you don't believe it than by all means elect him and see the ripples it causes. By the way...what has Barack Hussein Obama ever done that qualifies him to be President? I like a politician who shoots from the hip and says it like it is. It's cool to be very politically incorrect. Also, if you can't spell correctly or correct your own mistakes when commenting just don't bother. It makes you look like and idiot!

-- Posted by Leah Cauthron on Sat, Mar 8, 2008, at 4:35 PM

Steve King should be banned from any elective government posts for his prejudicial remarks. His comments were reprehensible, intentionally meant to discourage any support for Obama.

While this country supports free speech, we also need a code of conduct that prevents "race-fear-mongering" by government representatives.

I bet that Clintons are dancing in the streets over the publication of this kind of trash talk against Obama.

-- Posted by CaliGram on Sat, Mar 8, 2008, at 4:37 PM

The possibility of "Barack Hussein Obama, President of the United States" makes me sick enough to throw up.

If anyone says anything truthful that is categorized by Obama as a negative against Obama they have to apologize and denounce the person who says it. That in itself indicates that if Obama is elected there will be persecutions and purges of those who oppose him.

Barack Hussien Obama is ashamed of his middle name and every time the opposition mentions it he whines,cries and demands an apology and a denouncement by McCain.

If McCain nuckles under to "Hussein" again like he did before Republican Conservatives will not be voting for him and he needs them to have any chance to win.

It is time for McCain to draw a line in the sand and tell Hussein Obama to go pound extremist muslim sand because Obama is going to hear it and hear it and hear it if he becomes the Libs candidate.

This has nothing to do with race it has to do with Hussein Obama's position on national defense and security. King is not the idiot; the idiots are the Al Qaeda lovers who defend Obama because he has MUSLIM BLOOD. That is the truth and Obama wants to keep his muslim name, quantum blood and background quiet. King is absolutely right for talking about it.

Get in touch with reality LIBERALS; if anyone owes an apology it is those who are now bashing King for stating the obvious truth publicly about BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA.

-- Posted by terryevers on Sat, Mar 8, 2008, at 4:47 PM

King and McCain should demand an apology and denouncement of RKA, the pot calling the kettle black; typical LIBERAL double standards.

-- Posted by terryevers on Sat, Mar 8, 2008, at 4:54 PM

Will someone please post the name of Steve King's opponent in the general election, so I can send a contribution to his campaign? We must defeat ignorant bigots like King and send them back to private life. They have no place in running our country. All of you out there that hate what King stands for, vote with your dollars

-- Posted by Always Votes on Sat, Mar 8, 2008, at 5:00 PM

It is unfortunate that western Iowa is represented in Congress by a man like Steve King who is a bigot, a liar and proudly ignorant. He imagines that the word responds to someone's middle name when the world actually responds to the actions of the US government. That the corrupt Bush administration lied about going to war, ran the war into the ground, and ruined the good name and reputation of the United States should be Steve King's concern. Instead, he rails against someone's middle name. What a sad, sorry excuse for a man.

-- Posted by Simone on Sat, Mar 8, 2008, at 5:18 PM

There is nothing wrong in calling attention to someone~s name so some of you should stop being so sensitive. For example, we have read these comments by Steve KING. Now what kind of a name is KING?

Remember "king" refers to royalty. Like King George III of England. We fought a revolution to get rid of a King. I had 3 relatives in that revolution, all fighting to get rid of a King. Now we have another one in Iowa who makes about as much sense as the one our ancestors rose up to depose. It is difficult to imagine anyone more anti-American than a King, or more repugnant to American political values. So take the gentleman at his word. Pay attention to his name, and give him the same treatment we gave that other King.

-- Posted by USA999 on Sat, Mar 8, 2008, at 5:36 PM

Wow! If i didn't know Jesus personally I would stop being a christian today based on what the American extremist like Steve King are saying. How can America bring piece to the Middle east when our leaders constantly raise negative comments like this. Even Jesus Christ sat with the tax collectors that were seen sinful at his time, he also noted that "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone". I'm a devoted christian but I know that God will not stoop as low as these guys in wining the hearths of those who don't believe. If we were not blinded by our prejudice, we will see that even if Obama was burn a Muslim and he is now a christian or calls himself such, it is the greatest insult to Muslims. In case you haven't realized it from the news, Radical Muslims go to great lengths to defend their religion and such a person as Obama will be labeled Infidel, so why would Obama be an exception to that. Look, the day we start standing against people like Steve King that causes our Troops in countries like Iraq to become targets because of negative statements like this is the day that America stands a chance to influence the people of those countries to fight for peace. Look at the economy today and ask yourself, we're totally dependent on Foreign oil, manufacturing and banks; can we really afford to start a fight with every country that disagrees with us. The world including European nations are laughing at us for our conducts, and ignorance to how the world works; some are even supplying the enemy weapons to attack us. Instead of us working on gaining friends and building our economy, we are making treats and pretending to fight for peace, when all we're doing is expanding the empire of America. News flash, the reason why Hitler, KKK and other racist groups failed is that they ostracize themselves by letting their hate consume them with fear, so they become paranoid and fight everything different from them; so their enemies unit when they realize the racist plot. America, we can win a battle and lose the war. We need to look into the future and not be afraid of the past. Just like all great inventions, take the things of today and combine them to create the genius solutions of tomorrow. God is watching us to see if we will live our lives like he showed us. Just remember what he said, "Justice is mine"! don't put justice in your hands America. We need to be the Protector, the piece maker; that will be the testament of our God to those who are against Jesus.

-- Posted by peaceforall on Sat, Mar 8, 2008, at 5:51 PM

It's clear that Steve King needs to have his head read, because those comments are absolutely inexcusable. His racist comments are completely inappropriate, are demonstrative of appalling conduct and illustrate that he is an ignorant bigot not deserving of any office. If the people of Iowa have any sense, they will chuck him out the door at their next opportunity.

-- Posted by Cyril Washbrook on Sat, Mar 8, 2008, at 6:13 PM

Please revise the sixth paragraph to explicity state that it is NOT the position of Sen. Obama to "[pull] troops out of any conflict associated with al-Qaida." regardless of what Rep. King may believe in his obviously deluded, bigoted brain. Obama wants to move our forces out of Iraq to where they actually can engage AND DEFEAT Al Qaida: in Afghanistan and in the lawless borderlands of Pakistan.

It is the job of the Press to ensure that falsehoods like this are quashed when brought to light and not to continue their spread by publicizing them uncriticaly.

-- Posted by CyGuy on Sat, Mar 8, 2008, at 7:04 PM

Mr. King is correct. The name Hussein was given to Obama by his father to identify him as Arab not African. There will be jubilation in their streets if he takes office. This is not a racial slur. I could care less about his ethnic background. The american people should know the truth about it and if they choose to vote for him that is their privilege. We all will have to live with the ramifications.

-- Posted by Concerned American on Sat, Mar 8, 2008, at 7:19 PM

congrats terryevers, you are even more simpleminded than cj, that is quite an achievement. And so sorry Concerned American, but you are one of those phony patriots who makes me ill, if ever there were 3 better examples of requiring someone to have at least a double digit IQ to vote it would be you 3.

-- Posted by RobK1967 on Sat, Mar 8, 2008, at 10:48 PM

First, Liberals, have pity, don't hate those misguided rightwingers who love this guy King. They still feel confounded because the guy they voted for has turned out to be the worst president in American history. Secondly for those of you who are going to use the word American in your comment you better darn capitalize it or move to Cuba. Third, I have to laugh at those of you with such low IQs who wring your hands over a person's middle name. America has so much promise and won't be defeated by a small pack of stupid extremists whether they hide in caves in Afghanistan or worship a burning cross. I'd vote for Bin Yamen Franklin (thats Benjamin for you dummies - check your bible) for president and I'll vote for a Barack HUSSEIN Obama too.

-- Posted by American Pride on Sat, Mar 8, 2008, at 11:11 PM

It is truly a shame that so many Americans think a person can't be loyal to this country if you are a Muslim. Even if Mr.Obama were a Muslim what would that mean? Could he not be a good president or even a good patriotic American? That is the essence of why the usage of Obama's name as an epithet is so offensive, as if being a Muslim or Arab is a crime. Those who think you can't be patriotic if you follow Islam are playing right into the hands of Al Qaida, who say the same thing, but are no more legitimate than if people were to make Hagee's apocalyptic ideas of God advocating war the foreign policy of the US. Rep. King apparently agrees with that, and thinks you can't be a good American and also be a Muslim. This is truly pathologically xenophobic and a demonstration of the narrow-mindedness that has lead the Republican Party to be a minority party. If it were up to wackos like Rep. King all Arabs and/or Muslims would be in concentration camps. This guy is a modern day Nazi, its really a travesty his constituents are so stupid or so hateful themselves to get rid of him.

-- Posted by ProudMuslim on Sat, Mar 8, 2008, at 11:48 PM

Steve King's Democratic opponent... Let's help her out :

Joyce Schulte

http://www.schulteforcongress.com/

-- Posted by ProudMuslim on Sat, Mar 8, 2008, at 11:59 PM

Iowa 5th Democrats, they're a bit hard to find I'm afraid.

http://www.idp5.org/2008_congress.htm

They drop out like flies it appears...

-- Posted by ProudMuslim on Sun, Mar 9, 2008, at 12:09 AM

Steve King does not represent the part of Iowa that raised me. Iowa is a great state. The Northwest part is particularly special.

There is not a better place on earth to grow up and raise children. Clay County is full of the smartest people in America.

Why don't you campaign on that?

Please stop making us look like ignorant people. Every Iowan knows better.

-- Posted by danwick on Sun, Mar 9, 2008, at 3:01 AM

Please don't send this racist, biggotted, stupid man back to Washington!

-- Posted by StevenAK on Sun, Mar 9, 2008, at 8:07 AM

Hey Rep. King: apologise you biggot.

-- Posted by StevenAK on Sun, Mar 9, 2008, at 8:08 AM

Steve King is right on the money!

If BO has his way, he will denude the military just as the Liberals did in the 60's. It was people like them and John Kerry, Jane Fonda and others who treated the military so bad coming home from Vietnam.

John McCain has never impressed me from years ago. The Republicans (US) have been hoping for a candidate with a backbone and not a wimp like McCain.

I am a Vietnam Veteran, a Conservative and a Patriot to my country and Constitution!

I served 7 years in the USAF and over 1 year in Vietnam.

My records are still classified due to my being with the NSA/CSS (USAF Security Service).

In Vietnam, we flew missions on the EC-47 (the old Gooney Bird C-47/DC-3) of the 2nd World War.

The aircraft that I crewed on was made after WWII circa 1947.

We had special equipment onboard (AN/ALR-35 ARDF) that allowed us to monitor radio communications and fix their location within 100 yards.

You can see a bit about us by visiting http://www.ec47.com or http://www.6994th.com/index.html or http://boltinghouse_tod_vn.tripod.com/

We had 2 years of electronic schooling and held a Top Secret with Crypto Access Clearance.

In order to train for Vietnam, we had to also attend special survival schools.

One such school was SV-80A at Fairchild AFB near Spokane Washington.

It was during this schooling that we learned how to survive in the event of being shot down or crashing.

It was also during this time that we learned how to survive in a POW situation.

During one of the training sessions, we were taught how to use the TAP Matrix to communicate and we memorized this.

We also went through simulated interrogations in which we learned how to avoid answering questions.

We were kept awake for over 48 hours and many of our people broke down and cried and panicked.

I was one of the "crazy" guys who kept other guys morale up by aggravating our "captors".

It was during the training phase that we received intel regarding what was going on in the prison camps in Vietnam and Laos.

This was July 1969 (Lunar Landing) and what I heard shocked me.

I was sitting in class and as the instructor was giving us intel, he said something that grabbed me so hard that it has been impossible to forget.

Basically he was telling us about collaborators within the POWs.

Men who had spoken on Radio Hanoi who confessed to bombing civilians, hospitals, schools, etc.

I remember asking the instructor if it was true and what was going on.

He then gave us intel regarding who these guys were and one name that stuck with me was John McCain.

My jaw nearly dropped to the floor and I asked, "Is that the son of the admiral?"

He was surprised that I knew that and he said, "Yes!"

It seems that McCain had been making these broadcasts directly into the prison cells and over the radio so it was heard into South Vietnam.

We were called "pirates" and then we were told that usually the VC, Pathet Lao, North Vietnamese Regulars and others would rather kill an enlisted man.

The only exception was enlisted men who are known as high tech types.

That description fit all of us in the USAF SS!

When I got to Vietnam, I volunteered to fly as often as I was needed and to fly missions into Laos (especially into Northern Laos)!

With the survival training that I had received, I felt that I was invincible!

We were given a .38 cal revolver with 5 rounds and told, "you may use 4 rounds for anything that you wish, the remaining round ....."

We did not need to know the rest, we knew that to protect the secrets that we carried (some we still carry) that our death was the Cost of Freedom!

I am ashamed of men like McCain who were officers and failed to protect the secrets that they carried.

He also sold out his country and betrayed the others with him.

He collaborated with the enemy to save his life and that scares me.

You and others are concerned with political problems, but I see past all of that to the person.

I can never trust a man who betrays his country and collaborates with the enemy!

As long as I live, I will also remember how McCain and Kerry treated the POW/MIA families.

As long as I live, I will also remember how McCain hugged his captors.

As long as I live, I will always remember that McCain does not have the integrity to be MY President!

Bill Boltinghouse

208 South 1st Street

Apt 4A

Council Bluffs, Iowa 51503

712-256-0136

-- Posted by IntrinsicValue on Sun, Mar 9, 2008, at 12:34 PM

A U.S. Representative making a remark like that is inappropriate and ridiculous. No one should judge a presedintial based on religion or ethnicity. Forming an opinion of a candidate should be based on values, credentials, and experience. Mr. King's judgement is apparently based on racism and hatred. This has no place in politics. Please, Mr. King, read the U.S. constitution again. You should be familiar with it as a representative.

-- Posted by ABUHISHAM on Sun, Mar 9, 2008, at 2:53 PM

cj said: "Stupid Americans feel Obama's middle name and Muslim background, mean nothing. Well, as King maintains, it sure does mean something to other Muslims in the world, as well as many here in the United States."

What does it mean to them? I haven't heard from Muslims themselves what they think (and I'm sure they don't all think the same thing), but I *have* heard a lot from conservatives who *think* they know. One thing cons say is that Muslims will hate Obama even more than GWBush for supposedly being an apostate Muslim. Yet he never was a Muslim. The other thing cons say is that Muslims will loooove him because he wants to get us out of Iraq. I don't believe that, but I'll play along and ask you: wouldn't that be a good thing for America, to no longer be a target of Islamic terrorists?

"His father was a radical Muslim, and he grew up worshipping the Koran in Indonesia and elsewhere."

Wrong and wrong. His father was not a radical Muslim, and Obama did not worship the Koran. If you got this misinformation in some email, here are the facts:

http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/mus...

"He still associates with religous zealots and radical anti-American Marxists, to this day."

Name them. How have their ideas affected Obama's ideas, if at all? Show us your sources for these accusations.

"Read his writings and books, and educate yourselves."

Are you trying to tell me that you've read anything he's written? I don't believe you. What of his have you read? What exactly did you find that offended your sensibilities?

"Listen carefully to the vile spewings that regularly come from the face of his Socialist, racist and anti-American partner/wife. That should tell ya something."

All it tells me is that there will always be desperate lunatics ready to willfully twist whatever they can to destroy their perceived enemies. In its original context, nothing Michelle Obama has said amounts to any of the labels you slap on it.

"Should Obama become Commander in Chief, he will cowardly command our troops to retreat in the face of the enemy, and pay lip service to the leaders of terrorist Nations."

He's said he wants to withdraw from Iraq, as any sane person does, but he's also said that he will do so carefully. Bush wants to start drawing down troops soon, too-- were you aware of that? We don't have enough troops to keep up the Surge forever; it's always had an expiration date on it. We have to leave sometime, under some president, so get used to it. What sort of "lip service" will he pay, and to whom? I really don't even have the foggiest notion what you're talking about there.

-- Posted by spankie on Sun, Mar 9, 2008, at 3:18 PM

Not that your district had a thriving trade in tourism as it was but if I ever have a reason to be in Iowa, I'm going to think very hard about it before going to a place with enough active loons and morons to put this jerk in office.

-- Posted by Pherdnut on Sun, Mar 9, 2008, at 3:29 PM

The quote in the story is wrong. In this sentence: ""I'll just say this: When you think about the option of a Barack Obama potentially getting elected President of the United States -- I mean, what does this look like to the rest of the world? What does it look like to the world of Islam?" Rep. King does not say "option", he says "optics" - the "optics of Barack Obama potentially getting elected President of the United States". Sound even worse than his original quote, doesn't it?

The question then is: why did the reporter change the quote? And why did his editor allow his to change the quote? Or is this common at the Spencer Daily Reporter - to let slide the basic tenets of journalism?

(Listen for yourself here: http://www.radioiowa.com/podcast/feed/A6...

-- Posted by Media Does Matter on Mon, Mar 10, 2008, at 6:14 AM
Response by Morgen Anderson-Spencer Daily Reporter:
The writer accurately quoted Congressman Steve King as using the word "optics" instead of "options" in the quote in question. The word was erroneously changed during the proof-reading process and we apologize for the confusion.

The quote in the story is wrong. In this sentence: ""I'll just say this: When you think about the option of a Barack Obama potentially getting elected President of the United States -- I mean, what does this look like to the rest of the world? What does it look like to the world of Islam?" Rep. King does not say "option", he says "optics" - the "optics of Barack Obama potentially getting elected President of the United States". Sound even worse than his original quote, doesn't it?

The question then is: why did the reporter change the quote? And why did his editor allow his to change the quote? Or is this common at the Spencer Daily Reporter - to let slide the basic tenets of journalism?

(Listen for yourself here: http://www.radioiowa.com/podcast/feed/A6... )

-- Posted by Media Does Matter on Mon, Mar 10, 2008, at 8:06 AM

Say what you will, we have freedom of speech in the USA. What do Muslim countries have? Making comments about Muslims doesn't deride our people nor to make a mockery of our civil rights. Shutting people up does.

-- Posted by Americacounts on Mon, Mar 10, 2008, at 9:27 AM

King is not racist! so you all can stop saying that... and I think he makes a great point! This did need to be brought to the attention of people who did not know that Obama's middle name was Hussein! Now how would you feel if he got elected president and then found out that his middle name was Hussein! Better to get it out now and let us all make our own judgments from there. Now I am republican but I do like Obama too! It did concern me when I first heard his middle name... I do think the muslims will be dancing in the street if Obama does get elected president but that does not necessarily mean that Obama will not be a good president. Everybody just needs to calm down and really take a look at what would be truly best for our country. And to those who are calling King all sorts of names, you are no better than King! Who are you to say that he should not have said what he said but then you can go and use your razor sharp tongue and cut him down at the knees? If you think King is so bad for saying what he did than you are a hypocrite because you just did the same thing... THINK ABOUT IT!

-- Posted by Kail on Mon, Mar 10, 2008, at 10:51 AM

Wow, once again, like clockwork, every 6 months or so, Rep. King does his district "proud"...NOT!!! How embarrassing to regularly have my hometown in the national news over negative, irrational, illogical comments/actions by King.

I find it hard to believe their isn't one other person smarter and more moderate than King in the whole district to run for this office. I sure hope he's bringing home the "pork" to you because I can't figure out why else you'd vote for him.

Too bad he doesn't join the other 28 Repbulican congressmen & 6 Republican Senators that have already quit or won't run again. They're smart enough to see the inevitable, a Democratic President and increase in the House/Senate which translates to loss of power for the Republicans. So, true to form, they're looking out only for themselves.

RIP GOP and you can thank Bush/Cheney/Rove for using you conservatives for your votes then ignoring you.

-- Posted by helped_myself on Mon, Mar 10, 2008, at 11:42 AM

A bit of background on Steve King, from his home in Iowa's 5th

http://www.kingwatch.org/

Some of the people he 'represents' feel it necessary to put up this site... that says a lot.

-- Posted by ProudMuslim on Mon, Mar 10, 2008, at 12:02 PM

Where are the radical Islamaniacs going to get their funds when Bush is gone?

http://www.newslampoon.com/talibanders.h...

-- Posted by newslamp on Mon, Mar 10, 2008, at 1:04 PM

Wow. This Rep. King is amazing.

If his point was solely that Sen. Obama wants to pull troops out of Iraq quickly, that is a legitimate concern. Rational people of all political persuasions can argue the best exit strategy for Iraq.

I am appalled at the blatantly misleading nature of his comments about Senator Obama, whose father was Kenyan (remember that Kenyan embassies that were bombed by Al Qaeda?). Senator Obama is a US citizen who attended Harvard, and who has been a member of a Christian church for 20 years. He never studied the Koran and took his Senate oath on the Bible.

Rep. King is coming off like a KKK member with these blatant disregard for facts. Perhaps he should check Politifact.com or even use the Internet for research before making slanderous statements.

-- Posted by hsartteacher on Mon, Mar 10, 2008, at 9:38 PM

Congragulations voters of Rep. Steven King's district. Rep. King was named the Worse Person in the World on Keith Olbermann's Countdown on MSNBC tonight for his remarks regarding Senator Barak Obama.

Let's get some facts straight - Senator Obama did not give himself the middle name of Hussein - his parents did, just like the rest of us when we were babies and our parents named us.

Second, Senator Obama did not choose to live in a country where the predominent religion is Islam - his parents did, just like our parents chose to live in what ever community they wanted to when we were children.

Third, Senator Obama is a member of Trinty United Church of Christ in Chicago - a MAINLINE PROTESTANT CHURCH IN THE UNITED STATES!!! The UCC was formed in 1954 by the merger of the Evangelecial Reform Church and the Congregational Church, the same Congregational Church founded by our founding fathers in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Senator Obama was the guest speaker at the IOWA CONFERENCE OF THE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST's Annual Meeting last June in Fort Dodge! And as a life long Congregationalist and member of the UCC, I am INSULTED by Rep. King's uncalled for AND uneducated remarks. If you are worried about Senator Obama's religious affliation with the UCC, then I strongly recommend that you check out the national website at http://ucc.org which will also give you a link to the website for the church he belongs to along with a history of the denomination. Then I invite you to check out the website for the Iowa Conference at http://www.ucciaconf.org/.

Since Senator Obama is a proclaimed Christian that would in fact make him an infidel in the eyes of the Muslim Radicals and they would NOT be rejoicing that "they" won, because he is NOT MUSLIM!!!!!

All Rep. King is doing is continuing the FEAR MONGERING that this current administration has gotten down to a science. AND if Rep. King is such a rightous Christian, then by his spreading the rumors about Senator Obama's middle name, where he lived and then linking him to Al Queda, well according to my bible in Exodus, Chapter 20 (also known as The Ten Commandments), verse 16 "You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor" - well then Rep. King has broken that commandent by his comments.

-- Posted by Embarrassed to live in Iowa on Mon, Mar 10, 2008, at 10:20 PM

I think that Rep. Kings deserves a lot of credit for speaking the truth. It is too bad that Sen. McCain's staff all but threw him under the Straight Poop Express. Rep. King said nothing wrong. It is the probable reaction of the radical Islamics. I believe that St. Barack Obama is a Christian, but that middle name IS controversial and it is true, he was born with it. As such, he should stand up like a man and take it and talk back. Stop whining! St. Barack will probably dish more out of Sen. McCain than Sen. McCain would on St. Barack. I have fully commented here at www.rightviewfromtheleftcoast.blogspot.c....

-- Posted by righty64 on Mon, Mar 10, 2008, at 11:49 PM

It really is funny how everyone has jumped on the Obama bandwagon of HYPE...er I mean HOPE. What has he done? Why is he qualified to be President? For all of you out for Steve King's blood and all of you embarrassed to say you are from Iowa -- move out. There are 49 other states for you to choose from; not to mention Canada, Mexico & Cuba. Good Riddance!!

-- Posted by Leah Cauthron on Tue, Mar 11, 2008, at 9:21 AM

C'mon, nobody is this stupid. This is a joke right? This guy isn't really a US Representative?

-- Posted by dogger on Tue, Mar 11, 2008, at 12:51 PM

Wow, what an embarrassment to Iowa. I've been to Oskaloosa a bunch, great friends there. Is ignorance a Western Iowa thing or is King an anomaly? Of course ignorance is nothing to be ashamed of but some of y'all seem to be proud of your ignorance. I suppose that is the by-product of the bush years... he's made ignorance fashionable.

-- Posted by dogger on Tue, Mar 11, 2008, at 12:59 PM

Leah Cauthron - I read both your posts and found nothing "cool" in either one despite your posting tips to always use good grammar.

Here's what's not cool -- using your full name to post to local blogs and then posting content that could only be describe as lunacy. Ever heard of the Clay County Assessor site? That's right; it's the friendly local government site that tells everyone where you live in Spencer, IA by doing a simple property search. Even more interesting is Randy Cauthron appears to be your husband who also supplied the photo of Mr. King for the article. Perhaps you two work as a team? If you do, I feel sorry for him.

-- Posted by notCauthron on Tue, Mar 11, 2008, at 1:14 PM

notCauthron - stick to the issues -- or are they too much for you that you have to resort to personal attacks? Just answer my questions. What qualifies Mr. Obama to be president? What does he bring to the table that someone else doesn't? How does he plan to implement his great change? Just give us some answers. By the way, sometimes I feel bad for Randy too but he's a tough guy and he usually lands on his feet.

-- Posted by Leah Cauthron on Tue, Mar 11, 2008, at 1:25 PM

I saw a picture of McCain shaking hands with Duh-bya today, it reminded me of this quote.

"We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."

-Albert Einstein

-- Posted by dogger on Tue, Mar 11, 2008, at 1:57 PM

Ms. Cauthron -- What qualifies Mr. Obama to be president? What does he bring to the table that someone else doesn't? How does he plan to implement his great change?

Mr. Obama has proven that he can inspire Americans from many different walks of life. He brings hope that he might be a person that can bring this country together. Sounds corny doesn't it?

You see... that's what the hype is all about. Many people in America are tired of living in a nation divided. Nothing ever seems to get done anymore.

Is Barack Obama some kind of demigod? Of course not. He does at least have vision. He did at least see clearly enough to oppose an absolutely unnecessary war.

He has also kept his ties to special interests to a minimum, much more so than McCain or Clinton.

Quite frankly I'm not thrilled with any of our 3 remaining choices in this race but Obama will do the least damage of the three. Who knows, maybe he can even deliver on some of that hope and change nonsense. Would that be so bad?

As far as Congressman King, he's the worst kind of public personality. He spreads ignorance and fear from a position of power. He does his country and his constituency a disservice by lowering the level of discourse. The people of the 5th district hired this guy to represent them in Washington. Did he run on a platform of ignorance? If he did then I apologize because he's doing a real bang-up job for western Iowa.

-- Posted by dogger on Tue, Mar 11, 2008, at 2:22 PM

This whole debate over Barack Obama's middle name is very, very silly. Nobody went after Biden for sharing the same first name with an infamous Soviet leader (Commies of the world, rejoice!). Nor does anybody mention that McCain shares a first name with the perpetrator of the first U.S. Presidential assassination. We also should not giggle at this paper's Managing Editor's first name, which is also used as British slang for being sexually aroused.

Hussein is a very, VERY common name in Islamic cultures. It's like the equivalent of James or Robert. Despite his name, being a Muslim, AND a direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad, King Hussein of Jordan didn't get many brownie points with Muslim extremists due to his acceptance of Western culture and his friendship with Yitzhak Rabin. Thinking that Barack Obama is going to get wide acceptance from Muslim extremists despite being an American Christian, just because his middle name is Hussein, is an extremely myopic and ignorant view of foreign relations.

As far as what qualifies Obama to be president, what qualifies the other candidates to be president? None of them have actually BEEN president, so we don't really know what they will do. We have to listen to what they say, look at their views on various issues, and how they have conducted themselves in life to get a feel of what kind of person they are, and what kind of president they will be. Which ever candidate is elected into office will likely surround themselves with "been there, done that" advisers, who will directly effect their decisions.

And back to Steve King's comments, I actually like it when politicians come out with statements like this. It makes you realize what kind of people are representing you, and can influence decisions on whether or not the voters will allow that person to stay in office. As a Spencer native, and constituent of Rep. Steve King, I'll be doing what I can to make sure this guy gets the boot.

-- Posted by Aimee on Tue, Mar 11, 2008, at 2:35 PM

Thank you, dogger & stafinois for attempting to answer pertinent questions in a non combative manner. Much appreciated.

-- Posted by Leah Cauthron on Tue, Mar 11, 2008, at 2:42 PM

Let's examine Steve King's logic... Mr. King when was the last time you were mistaken as a horror novelist? Have you been asked to sign copies of Carrie, Cujo or The Shining? If so, how often has this happened?

-- Posted by NickP on Thu, Mar 13, 2008, at 12:51 PM

The bad news is that Steve King is running for office again. The good news is that he may at long last be relegated to the dustbin of "history".

My fellow Republicans in the 5th District are by now aware, one hopes, that King has managed to make Iowans the laughing stock of the country. Or of the world, judging from the comments on his ridiculous utterances as reported in the world press. Today's Huffington Post has no less than 29 pages of comments regarding King's idiocy.

The 5th district deserves someone far better than this petty guy. One of your readers described King as "awesome".....I think King is just plain awful.

-- Posted by AdelJohn on Sun, Mar 16, 2008, at 4:52 PM

Mr Steve King is right on the money about obama! I'm proud to have Mr King as my congressman . He doesn't take shit from any liberals and we need more conservatives like that in congress! We have to many republicans like Mccain who been over for the liberals .

Keep the good work up Mr King .

And thank you!

-- Posted by savage nation on Wed, Apr 9, 2008, at 12:39 AM

The following is from an email to the Des Moines Register from professor of religious studies at Iowa State University, Dr. Hector Avalos Ph.D, Harvard.

Rep. Steve King's recent claims about a supposed positive reception of a Barack Obama presidency among Al-Qaeda supporters are grounded in neither fact nor sound logic.

Islam is not monolithic, despite Rep. King's repeated use of "they" and "them" to refer to Muslims.

There may be some Muslims who welcome a Barack Obama presidency, but Al-Qaeda supporters will probably not be among them.

Al-Qaeda will probably not like Obama's repeated calls for more military focus on Afghanistan, where Al-Qaeda is presumably based. Al-Qaeda will not like Obama's repeated concerns about the security of Israel.

Indeed, Al-Ekhlaas, perhaps the most prominent pro-Al-Qaeda forum on the Web, has posted virulent and racist anti-Obama material.

One of the most rampant rumors on pro Al-Qaeda Web sites is that Obama is a Shiite Iranian agent. And what Steve King may not understand is that if the name "Hussein" has any special meaning, it would be for Shiite Muslims, who are generally hated by Al-Qaeda, which is a Sunni Muslim group.

Unfortunately, Rep. King's grossly misinformed pronouncements about Islam represent a real danger at a time when we need government leaders to make wise foreign policy decisions.

-- Dr. Hector Avalos, professor of religious studies, Iowa State University

-- Posted by Scott Johnson on Sun, Apr 27, 2008, at 10:23 PM


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