The Courier: Blum and Finkenauer come to Black Hawk Co. before Friday debate

WATERLOO — “Candidates for Iowa’s 1st Congressional District seat made their way to Black Hawk County on the eve of their first debate.

Rep. Rod Blum and Abby Finkenauer will face off from 7 to 8 tonight at the University of Northern Iowa’s Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. The debate will be hosted by KWWL-TV Channel 7, where it will air live. News anchors Ron Steele and Abby Turpin will moderate.

Blum, who is defending his congressional seat, handed out food at the Northeast Iowa Food Bank. Finkenauer made a series of appearances around the metro area, including a stop at the University of Northern Iowa’s campus.

‘I enjoy debates. I’ll particularly enjoy this one, because my opponent doesn’t really campaign, doesn’t really make public statements. It’s hard to know where she stands on issues, I think by design,’ Blum said. ‘At some point, you need to take a stand.’


During the debate, Blum wants to focus on the economy.

‘It’s one of the best economies we’ve had in my 63 years,’ Blum said as he handed out milk.


Blum also wants to discuss the new treaty that could replace what was the North American Free Trade Agreement, called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

‘She’s been hypercritical of me and the president on these trade agreements, so if she’s against it, does she want to go back to the old NAFTA?’ Blum asked.


Author: Thomas Nelson

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