MT. PLEASANT — More than 360 people filled the social hall of the Iowa Wesleyan University Howe Student Activity Center Sunday, Aug. 11, to hear from Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris.
Among those present were Andrew and Tena Edlin of Fairfield.
“I love caucus season in Iowa,” said Tena Edlin. “I try to see as many candidates as I can. And with Mt. Pleasant only 20- 30 minutes from Fairfield, I wanted to get here to see her.”
“I like to see the candidates live because you get much more information than you do from the little clips that someone else wants you to see.”
Paula Wiley and daughter Piper, of Mt. Pleasant, were at the rally. Piper Wiley, who will be a senior this year at Mt. Pleasant High School, will be able to vote in the election and was interested in learning about Harris.
Harris said this is a moment in time to ask, “Who are we?”
“Part of the answer is we are better than this,” she said.
She shared that when she was young and would come home complaining, her mother would ask, “What are you gonna do about it?”
“So I decided to run for president of the United States,” Harris continued.
Harris said President Donald Trump has not fulfilled his promises to help Americans.
“We know dude gotta go,” she said. “It’s time to turn the page and to prosecute the case against another four years of Donald Trump. He has used the power of [his] office ... to sow division and hate among us. We’re not buying that.”
Harris said the vast majority of Americans have more in common than not. She said most people wake up in the night with the same worries — worries about their health and the health of their parents and their children, their jobs, filling the refrigerator with food, feeding their families and filling prescriptions.
“Nobody should have to worry about getting to the end of the month,” she continued. “Most Americans cannot afford a $400 unexpected expense. ... People are working two to three jobs. Nobody should have to work more than one job for a roof over their head and food on the table.”
To help families, Harris would like to change the tax code. She would propose that families making less than $100,000 a year receive a $6,000 tax credit that they would receive a portion of each month.
Harris also is proposing a federal investment in closing the teachers’ pay gap. “Teachers must be paid their value,” she said. “Teachers are raising our children.”
She pointed out that many teachers work two to four jobs and 94 percent of them pay for class supplies out of their own pockets. She said America must invest in children’s education and teachers are a part of that investment.
Harris also said that access to health care is a right to all. She would propose a Medicare for all plan that would provide every American with health insurance through Medicare and eliminate private insurers and virtually eliminate co-pays and deductibles. It also would expand Medicare benefits for seniors to include eye care and hearing aids.