Judge plans campaign 'full throttle' until Election Day to gain votes against Grassley
James Q. Lynch
MARION — There are fewer than 100 days until the Nov. 8 election, and Patty Judge intends to go “full throttle” all the way.
The Democratic U.S. Senate challenger acknowledges she trails Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley by anywhere from 1 to 8 percentage points in recent polls.
“This is August. There is time,” she told a couple of dozen members of the Democratic fundraising Linn Phoenix Club on Thursday night at the Campbell-Steele Gallery in Marion. “There is still a block of undecided votes, some soft votes, and we have time to take this.”
Judge also acknowledged “a lot of us have supported him (Grassley), a lot of us have worked for him, but at some point, he has quit working for us, for Iowa.”
Her campaign is about “common-sense, family values” and “middle-class working people who are not being heard.” They’re concerned about jobs, wage stagnation, retirement and Social Security, she said.
There’s also a “wild card factor” in this year’s campaign — Donald Trump, Judge said. His “obvious disregard” for anyone who is not like him “should be unacceptable to everyone, including Grassley.”
“I believe Chuck Grassley has cast his lot with him,” Judge said, reminding the crowd that, as he did for most of the GOP presidential hopefuls, Grassley introduced Trump at a caucus campaign event.
“While other people in their party have moved away, have said, ‘Whoa, that’s enough of that,’ not Grassley,” Judge said. “He’s there. He’s with him every step.
“If that is his values today, those are not Iowa values,” she said. “For that alone, it’s time for him to go.”
Earlier in the day, the Judge campaign organized a call with three Iowa military veterans who demanded Grassley condemn Trump’s remarks to a Muslim couple whose son was killed while serving in the U.S. military in Iraq.
Vietnam-era veteran Ron Healey said he was “totally upset, offended, disrespected” by Trump’s comments.
He’s also offended that Grassley “is not standing up for veterans.”
“It’s time for Chuck Grassley to stand up for Iowans and all military families,” Navy veteran Laura Hubka added.
With Trump scheduled to be campaigning again in Iowa today, the veterans said it’s time for Grassley to speak up.
In response to Trump’s remarks, Grassley said his values call for honoring “anybody who fought to maintain our freedoms, no matter what race, religion or background. We owe them and their families the utmost respect.”
He went on to say that Trump’s comments don’t reflect his expectations of respect for military members and their families.
“Respect for the people who serve our country is something both presidential campaigns could use more of,” Grassley said.